If breakouts are the norm for you, rather than just an occasional occurrence, then this is a sign that you have acne-prone skin. Just about everyone with this problem would agree that it’s frustrating to deal with. So many of the acne treatments out there can end up making pimples even worse while causing other skin concerns to develop too.
This is why it’s so important to familiarize yourself with the various available ingredients for acne-prone skin. This way, you’ll be able to pinpoint the exact ingredients that work well for your skin, along with those that your skin struggles to tolerate. With this information, you’ll be able to put together a skincare routine that perfectly matches your skin’s individual needs, making the appearance of pimples a thing of the past.
Ready to get started? Read on as Venofye shares some of the best ingredients to use if you have acne-prone skin, plus other tips on how to soothe, rebalance, and clear up your complexion.
What Causes the Skin to Become Acne-Prone?
It’s easy to tell if you have acne-prone skin – there’s no ignoring those breakouts! However, while learning about various treatments is important, it’s also vital to understand exactly more about what’s causing your skin to be acne-prone in the first place.
For most people, it comes down to excess oil production. When the skin produces too much oil, the pores end up clogged. Combine those blockages with bacteria and inflammation and you have the recipe for a breakout.
Why does the skin produce too much oil? This can be due to genetics, the climate (warmer weather increases sebum production), stress, and fluctuating hormones. However, a greasy complexion isn’t something that you’ll have to deal with forever. The right skincare ingredients can help to address this problem in no time.
Of course, it’s not just oil that clogs up the pores. Dead skin cells do this too. If your natural cell turnover rate has slowed down for some reason, then this could be why you’ve suddenly developed acne-prone skin.
Regularly exposing your skin to excess bacteria is something else that can cause breakouts to become more prevalent. Whether you’ve been touching a dirty phone to your face more often than usual or you haven’t been washing your pillowcases as much as you usually do, it doesn’t take long for pimples to appear on skin that’s overloaded with bacteria.
Ingredients to Look For if You Have Acne-Prone Skin
If you can work out the cause of your acne-prone skin, then you may be able to put a stop to it pretty quickly. However, using the right skincare ingredients can help in a big way, especially since, for many, reducing the appearance of breakouts is a long-term game.
So, here are some of the ingredients that you should be using if you have acne-prone skin:
Let’s start with an ingredient that you probably weren’t expecting to see; bee venom. It’s our signature ingredient at Venofye, purely because it’s capable of helping with the visible skin concerns related to every skin type, including acne-prone skin.
Studies have found that bee venom is capable of reducing the appearance of acne on the face, so long as you use it regularly. You’ll start to notice improvements in your complexion roughly three weeks after you introduce bee venom to your skincare routine, with these continuing to become more impressive over the following weeks.
People usually turn to vitamin C when they want to see a brighter or less wrinkled appearance. However, this ingredient is a superstar at soothing the look of acne too.
Research shows that vitamin C is extremely effective at calming the feeling of inflammation in the skin. Without inflammation, acne breakouts wouldn’t occur, making this antioxidant a must-try for acne-prone skin. As an added bonus, vitamin C will also fade the visibility of any dark marks that have been left behind on your skin after previous acne breakouts, while preventing the appearance of more post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from forming.
The best way to use vitamin C on acne-prone skin is with a serum. Look for a water-free formula to maximize penetration through your skin’s oil, with the Venofye Queen Bee Vitamin C Serum being a great choice. It contains two types of vitamin C, plus vitamin A, vitamin E, and bee venom.
Another ingredient that’s commonly recommended to those with acne-prone skin is vitamin A. Just like vitamin C, this ingredient is available in a few different forms. The strongest require a prescription, but the other derivatives are just as effective in the end when used regularly and consistently.
How does vitamin A help acne-prone skin? For starters, it clears away dead skin cell buildup, therefore preventing the appearance of clogged pores. It also reduces how oily the skin feels, while soothing the feeling of inflammation.
Ideally, look for a vitamin A product that you can use daily, such as the Venofye Iron Bee Transforming Cream. This lightweight, oil-free moisturizer is perfect for hydrating acne-prone skin without weighing it down.
In addition to that, give your skin an extra dose of vitamin A once a week with the Blossom Bee Wrinkle Smoothing Face & Eye Mask. While the main purpose of this hydrogel mask is to soften the visibility of wrinkles, it also contains a blend of humectants and vitamins that will leave acne-prone skin feeling deeply refreshed and revitalized.
Green Tea Extract
There are several botanical extracts out there that are beneficial for acne-prone skin. However, green tea is undoubtedly one of the best.
Its superpowers come down to its extraordinarily high catechin and polyphenol content. One in particular, known as EGCG, has been proven to reduce how oily the skin feels. This then prevents clogged pores, which stops the acne cycle in its tracks.
Another feature that sets green tea apart from other ingredients commonly recommended for acne is how gentle it is. This makes it suitable even for those with super-sensitive skin. It also makes it a great ingredient to use if you’ve been experiencing breakouts on the delicate skin around your eyes.
That’s why we’ve infused green tea extract into our Royal Jelly Bee Luminescent Eye Serum, as well as our Royal Jelly Bee Eye Firming Cream. Whether you pick just one of those products or add both to your skincare routine, regular use will help to keep the skin around your eyes looking pimple-free.
How to Deal With Acne-Prone Skin
Now that you know which ingredients to look for when shopping for skincare for acne-prone skin, let’s talk about some of the other things that you can do to reduce the appearance of breakouts:
Regularly Exfoliate Your Skin
Earlier, we mentioned how dead skin cells clogging up the pores is a common precursor to acne. Well, one way to prevent those dead skin cells from building up on your skin in the first place is to regularly exfoliate.
Not only will exfoliation clear away any dead skin cells lingering on the surface of your skin, but certain exfoliants can also pull out blockages from the pores.
If your current exfoliant hasn’t been doing its job very well, take a look at Venofye’s Blossom Bee Facial Peeling. As you can see from the reviews, it’s a great product for clearing up the complexion while reducing how oily it feels. Use this a couple of times a week and you’ll notice a reduction in the appearance of acne breakouts.
Try Blue Light Therapy
It has been known for years that LED light therapy, using blue light in particular, is an effective way to reduce the visibility of acne. However, for best results, it needs to be carried out a few times a week to begin with. After this, maintenance top-ups are needed. This can make professional treatments costly.
This is where LED devices designed for home use have been revolutionary. Studies confirm that these self-applied devices are extremely effective at reducing the look of mild to moderate acne.
Even better, these at-home devices are easy to use and completely safe. In fact, you’ll find a couple of them in our online store, including the Photonix-2 Eye Wand. While the red mode targets the appearance of aging, the blue light helps to soothe the feeling of inflammation while fighting the look of pimples around the eyes. It’s the perfect investment to make if you want to keep the look of acne at bay for the long-term.
Keep Your Skin Protected From the Sun
The sun’s UV rays are infamous for how they dehydrate the skin. At first, you may think that that’s a good thing – after all, don’t you want to dry your oily skin up?
However, dehydration is very different from dryness. Sure, you want to dry up some of the excess oil on your skin, but you don’t want to leave your skin cells lacking in water, which is what dehydration signifies. UV rays zap away your skin’s moisture, which can cause the skin to try to overcompensate by increasing oil production. As a result, acne worsens.
The sun triggers inflammation in the skin too while also damaging skin cells in a way that allows more bacteria to enter the skin. Again, all of this will lead to an increase in the frequency and severity of your breakouts.
So, in order to keep the appearance of acne at bay, be diligent about sun protection. Use a lightweight, non-comedogenic sunscreen. A broad-spectrum formula is a must, as this means that it will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays.
What about SPF? Go for a minimum of 30. If your skin is feeling particularly sensitive or inflamed, then a higher SPF would be better.
You need to be very careful about the ingredients and products that you use on acne-prone skin. If you get things wrong, your acne will only flare up. However, follow the tips above when shopping for skincare products and it won’t be long before your complexion takes on a clearer, smoother, and acne-free glow.