Whether you are dealing with acne and clogged pores, or you’re just looking to find tips to get glowing skin, we’re sharing it all. From skincare routines and expert advice to tips on how to best use your cleansing brush, get ready to love your skin once and for all.
How To Cleanse Your Skin to Help Your Acne and Blackhead Removal Products Work Better Your dermatologist is the best person to tell you how to get rid of pimples and how to remove blackheads. But no matter what acne and blackhead removal treatment products you use, it’s important to remember that getting the clear skin you want always begins with gently yet thoroughly cleansing your skin. Thoroughly Cleanse Skin To Remove Dirt, Oil and Makeup First, let’s start with the ‘thoroughly’ part. This is where a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush can help. It cleanses skin 6 times better than using your hands alone. Less dirt, oil and impurities on the surface of skin and deep in your pores means more room for your acne and blackhead removal treatments to work. We like the sound of that! Gently Cleanse Skin To Avoid Irritation Next, let’s talk about being sure to gently cleanse your skin. Vigorous scrubbing, piping hot water, and harsh cleansers can irritate your skin. Irritation can worsen your skin’s condition and hinder its healing process, which is the last thing you want when your goal is getting rid of acne. So always wash your face with lukewarm water and an ultra-gentle cleanser formulated for your skin type. Using a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush is great way to avoid scrubbing because its bristles don’t scrub or tug, they oscillate using a patented sonic frequency that’s so gentle it won’t break an egg yolk. Now that your skin is properly cleansed, it's time to apply your dermatologist recommended blackhead and pimple removal skincare treatments and send those pesky blemishes packing!
When a pimple pops up the morning of a big date or an important meeting, the only thing you can think about is how to get rid of the breakout…and fast. And while a magical blemish remover for getting rid of acne and blackheads overnight doesn’t exist, there are steps you can take to reduce the appearance of your acne quickly. 1. Cleanse Your Skin Twice a Day Before you apply any topical treatment for acne and blackheads, it’s important to cleanse your face so the ingredients in your acne treatments can absorb properly. We recommend cleansing twice per day: once in the morning to remove excess oil and impurities and once in the evening to remove your makeup as well as the dirt and debris from the day. Opt for an ultra-gentle pH balanced cleanser formulated for acne-prone skin like Clarisonic Pore & Blemish Gel Cleanser. The Pore & Blemish Gel Cleanser not only helps to clear and prevent acne breakouts but when combined with a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush, it can reduce the appearance of pores and leaves skin smooth and soft. Try combining the cleanser with the Clarisonic Acne Cleansing Brush Head for ultra-clean skin. Expert Tip: It’s important to note that while you want to wash twice a day to get rid of acne-causing bacteria, you don’t want to over-wash. Washing your face too often can strip away your skin’s natural oils and compromise its pH balance, which can lead to even more acne. 2. Try A Blemish-Fighting Face Mask One to three times a week, try reaching for a face mask that will help to deep clean your pores and rid your skin of blemish-causing impurities. Clay masks can help to absorb excess sebum which is a great way to prevent breakouts. After cleansing, layer on a clay mask for 10 minutes and then reach for your Clarisonic facial cleansing brush to remove the face mask with ease. 3. Topical Acne Treatments One of your best resources when you’re trying to get rid of acne fast is a topical treatment formulated with proven acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Salicylic acid gently exfoliates, helping to deep clean and unclog pores by ridding them of debris and impurities. While products that contain benzoyl peroxide help to kill acne-causing bacteria to clear active breakouts. 4. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize Contrary to popular belief, it is important for people with acne-prone skin to use moisturizers. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, when your skin is dehydrated your body produces more oil, that extra oil can clog your pores which may lead to more breakouts. Those prone to acne should reach for a moisturizer that is oil-free and non-comedogenic. Dermatologists recommend that everyone—acne-prone or not—use a moisturizer every day after washing the skin. 5. Reduce Skin Irritation As Much As Possible If you have acne or blackheads, your skin, by definition, is already irritated and not functioning optimally. Any additional skin irritation will impede the healing process and can make things worse. So if getting rid of acne is your goal, you’ll want to stop picking, popping, squeezing, or using any products/tools that could cause further irritation. Since acne-fighting ingredients can cause your skin to be more vulnerable to sun damage, be sure to layer on broad-spectrum SPF each morning—and to reapply throughout the day. 6. Visit a Dermatologist It may seem simplistic, but making an appointment with dermatologist to get advice about how to get rid of breakouts or to extract a pimple is one of the smartest things you can do to help clear your skin. While it is not necessarily a quick-fix, dermatologists are experts in all things skin and therefore the best person to help treat your skin and prepare you to protect your skin from future breakouts. He or she will examine your skin, give you a diagnosis, and then talk you through the best, most-effective options tailored to your skin’s specific needs. If necessary, the dermatologist will efficiently and carefully extract your pimple for you. By following your dermatologist’s prescribed skin care regimen, you will not only treat your current acne but will help to prevent future breakouts. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, if you have a pimple that you’re about to pop you should stop and see a dermatologist as there is an art to doing it right if you’d like to avoid permanent acne scars and infection. Dermatologists are equipped to use sterile acne extraction instruments to help get rid of blackheads and whiteheads. Get All Of The Questions You Have About Acne Answered By Watching This Video:
Better skin day after day. Although breakouts are uncommon, it can still occur for some. Here are a few helpful tips if you experience those annoying pimples. "Don’t let breakouts be the reason we break up. Better skin awaits. We promise." Tip 1: Hang in there. Stick with your skin cleansing routine. Transient acne is a potential side effect for the first time sonic facial cleansing brush user. The stimulation of the skin can bring bacteria to the surface forming a zit. You can scale back your routine, but stick with it. Your skin should clear up after about 2 weeks of continual use. Tip 2: Use more facial cleanser & water with your sonic face brush. Other times the culprit of breakouts is that people don’t use enough water and facial cleanser on their cleansing brush head, which can lead to irritation. To avoid this, introduce more water into your skin cleansing routine (Clarisonic is 100% waterproof, so try it in the shower) and use lots of cleanser. Tip 3: Go easy on the pressure. With proper use, a Clarisonic face brush is gentle enough to be used twice daily. If you push too hard, it limits the bristles’ movements. This prevents your skin from being optimally cleansed. Instead, let you brush float on your skin. Tip 4: Choose the right cleansing brush head. Our cleansing brush heads are designed with different skin concerns and skin types in mind. Whether your skin is sensitive or tougher than a lumberjacks’ (yes we also have brush heads designed for men’s skin), Clarisonic has just the right cleansing brush head for you.
Any beauty-lover will agree, incorporating a new product into your skincare routine is exciting. But, when you’re met with breakouts in place of that glowing, smooth skin you anticipated, that excitement goes out the window...fast. Before you toss that new product, know this: you could just be experiencing skin purging. What Is Skin Purging? Skin purging, or transient acne, is a period of adjustment that occurs due to the stimulating effect certain products have on the skin. The stimulation helps to promote the rate of surface cell turnover and deep pore cleansing, which helps bacteria that was already trapped under the skin’s surface to rise up, leading to a sudden breakout. Fact is, a pimple doesn’t just form overnight—even though it seems that way when a new one pops up on your face—that blemish was already in the works for some time. What Causes Skin Purging? Despite the timing, the acne you can experience during this period of adjustment may not be caused by your new product at all. In some cases, those breakouts may actually be a sign your new product is doing its job. This is especially the case when the new product in question has deep cleansing abilities like our Clarisonic facial cleansing brushes or exfoliating properties like glycolic acid-based peels. These types of products can speed up the cell turnover process. So, if you were going to get a blemish at some point, it may make its debut earlier than it normally would have. How to Deal With Skin Purging The same stimulation that sped up the cycle of a pimple making its entrance can also help it make a quicker exit. Furthermore, these deep cleansing and exfoliating products can also help additional acne from forming and popping up in the future. • Stick With It If transient acne occurs after using a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush or an exfoliating product, don’t be so quick to go back to your old routine. Instead, give it time. With any new skincare practice, your skin sometimes can look worse before it can look its best. Try to give it at least two weeks before calling it quits. • Be Gentle Any time your skin is breaking out, whether skin purging or otherwise, it’s important to be gentle. If you’re using a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush and you are experiencing transient acne, try using less pressure when you’re cleansing—especially during this period of adjustment • Plan Ahead If you’re going to use a new product that is known to speed up surface cell turnover, plan ahead. Keep spot treatments on hand for any troublesome breakouts and know that the acne you’re experiencing is just temporary. Gorgeous, glowing skin is just on the horizon.
Is breaking a sweat causing you to break out on your back and chest? For many of us, body acne is an unfortunate side effect of getting our fitness on, but it doesn’t have to be. Learn the steps you need to take to get rid of body acne and end the workout-breakout cycle for good. How Working Out Causes Body Acne Not Showering After Exercise While acne on the face and the body can be caused by so many different factors, acne that only pops up on your back or chest is often caused by our post-workout skin care routines—or lack there of. When we work up a serious sweat during a workout but fail to wash that sweat away after we cool down, it creates the perfect environment for pimples to pop up. The enzymes from your sweat end up sticking to your skin and mixing with dirt, excess oil, dead skin cells, and whatever else is lingering on your skin’s surface. This mixture can then clog pores, become compromised with bacteria, and cause body acne to rear its ugly head. You’ll want to jump in the shower within 10 minutes after finishing up your workout to rinse away that sweat you worked up. Too-Tight Workout Clothes Another all-too-common culprit? Wearing workout clothes that aren’t breathable and keeping your workout clothes on after breaking a sweat. Opt for breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics which can help to stop your sweat enzymes from sticking to your skin and always remove your workout gear after you’ve finished up! How to Get Rid of Body Acne Now that you know what can cause body acne after working out, it’s time to learn how to get rid of the back and chest pimples you have. Let’s face it, acne anywhere is annoying, but when it’s on your face you can cover your pimples with foundation and concealer. When the breakouts are on your body—especially during warmer months—covering acne can feel like an uphill battle. Here are few steps you can take to get rid of body acne. Step 1: Keep Things Clean… Make it a point to wash your face and body at least 10 minutes after working out. Even if all you have time for in the moment is a quick rinse, it will help in the long run. And, it goes without saying, be sure to change your workout clothes after each and every sweat session. Step 2: …Really Clean When you’re ready to give your skin care routine the attention it deserves, reach for a Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift cleansing brush, which is proven to cleanse your skin 6 times better than your hands alone. Paired with the Smart Turbo Body Cleansing Brush Head, the brush offers you a full body exfoliation—and a much-needed post-workout massage—to help you achieve cleaner, softer skin. Step 3: Switch Cleansers If you’re using a generic bar soap it’s time to toss it in favor of a cleanser formulated with a key acne-fighting ingredient: salicylic acid. Salicylic acid helps to reduce the appearance of acne blemishes you currently have and prevent new ones from forming. Try our Pore & Blemish Gel Cleanser next time you hop in a post-gym shower. The formula—with 2% salicylic acid—helps to clear and prevent acne breakouts without over-drying your skin. Step 4: Spot Treat Did you know that the skin on your body is up to an inch thick? This can make body acne harder to treat than its complexion counterpart. A dermatologist-approved tip for body acne is to try using spot treatments that have been formulated with sulfur on troublesome blemishes. Step 5: Hydrate Your Skin Even though you have body acne, it doesn’t mean you should skip out on moisturizer. By not hydrating your skin after cleansing—especially after using acne-fighting products—you can cause it to produce excess oils to compensate for the lack of moisture. After washing your body, pat your skin dry, and reach for a lightweight lotion to keep your skin hydrated and happy. By following these steps you’re sure to see a reduction in your body acne breakouts over time.
Graduating this year? Congratulations! In addition to practicing your walk across the stage to get your diploma, put a consistent skin care routine together to ensure your complexion is clear come graduation day. Find out how to get clear skin in time for this big milestone in your life. Get Your Beauty Sleep! After all the sleepless nights you may have had studying for tests and finishing up papers, it’s time to make sure you get enough rest so that you’re fresh-faced on graduation day. Your skin renews itself while you sleep, which is why it’s essential to make sure you’re catching enough Zzz’s. Before bed, remove your makeup, as sleeping in your makeup can lead to clogged pores—and clogged pores can cause breakouts. Use a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush to get rid of all the dirt, makeup, and impurities sitting on the surface of your skin. Using a facial cleansing brush is more effective than makeup wipes, and will actually save you money in the long run! Exfoliate a Few Times a Week In the lead up to graduation, add a face scrub to your weekly skin care routine. Exfoliating removes dulling dead skin cells from the surface of your skin, so it’s a great way to brighten the look of your complexion. Choose a face scrub that targets your specific skin care concerns—whether that’s clogged pores, dry skin, or dullness. Just remember to be gentle—massage the face scrub in before rinsing it off thoroughly. Pamper Yourself with a Face Mask You don’t have to head to the spa to treat your skin to something nice. The night before graduation, use a face mask to get your skin looking its best for all those photos your friends and family are sure to take. If your T-zone is oily but your cheeks are dry, multi-mask with a couple of different face masks. Then, remove the face masks with a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush. Spot Treat Acne Has a blemish popped up on your face in the days leading up to graduation? Help clear it up by dabbing on a thin layer of spot treatment nightly. Look for one that is formulated with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, two ingredients that are known for their acne-fighting properties. Benzoyl peroxide can be very drying, so only use a little bit of spot treatment to cover your zit. Hydrate with H20 and Moisturizer One of the best things you can do for your skin is drink enough water—but you can also hydrate by applying moisturizer morning and night. Bring a refillable water bottle with you to class so that you can drink H20 on the go. As far as moisturizer goes, look for one that’s formulated for your skin type. If you have oily skin, a lightweight water-based moisturizer could be ideal, while if you have dry skin, a richer, radiance-boosting moisturizer could be a better option. There you have it: Five easy tips for clearer skin. That being said, if you took care of your skin as diligently as you could and still woke up with a zit the morning of graduation, you can hide it. Cover it up with liquid or cream foundation, using a Clarisonic Sonic Foundation Makeup Brush to seamlessly blend in your makeup and cover your pimple. Happy graduation!