Want to kick butt to your acne? Have spots revolving in a 30-day cycle? Does your skin never seem completely clear? Wanting to treat your acne intelligently with skincare that’s effective and (best part) doesn’t break the bank? Yes? Well, you my friend need of something called The Ordinary acne regimen – irony is, the products you’re going to be using alongside their actives and price tags are not so ordinary at all.
Come see what I mean…
What Is Acne?
Before we delve into The Ordinary acne regimen, let’s start by taking a look at the biology behind acne. You can’t treat what you don’t understand. And even though you’ll find everything you need to know about The Ordinary skincare and the best The Ordinary products for acne right here – it’s so much more empowering to be able to just know for yourself. Wave goodbye to blindly following skincare recommendations and hello to kicking some science of skincare butt. Oh yes!
Acne my friend is a love triangle.
A love triangle with 3 participants each completely reliant on the next. When any 1 out of these 3 is reversed aka is taken out of your skin’s love triangle, the bubble bursts and acne struggles to exist. Without 3 people involved, your skin’s now in a lovingly harmonious relationship 😉
Your acne love triangle looks like this;
Dead skin/oil plugs in pores -> growth of Propionibacterium acnes (p.acnes) bacteria -> Inflammation.
Extra science factoid UPDATE; acne bacteria have been called p.acnes for years. Scientists recently discovered different breeds of p.acnes and so acne bacteria have got married (yay for them) and now go by a new name – cutibacterium acnes aka c.acnes. In most places, you’re still going to be seeing them called p.acnes.
How To Get Rid Of Acne
Without dead skin or oil plugs in your pores, p.acnes bacteria aren’t able to grow out of control. Which means as you take down your skin’s growth of p.acnes bacteria, inflammation reduces and without inflammation – acne goes poof.
Acne my friend, is a chronic, inflammatory condition.
What you see as acne is actually your skin’s immune system reacting to what it sees as a hazardous intruder. Scientists now believe the very specific moment your immune system alerts, is when p.acnes bacteria eat your sebum plugs and then poop. This bacteria poop is full of something called CAMP protein. The CAMP protein is foreign, seen as an invader. It, therefore, triggers your immune system and causes inflammation. The same kind of inflammation you see as you sit up too quickly in a bunk bed – first ouch, then a huge red lump.
How Can You Treat Acne?
Acne is treatable – words of relief eh. Some forms of acne go poof with the right skincare. Some forms of acne wave goodbye with skincare and diet changes – psst, this is most common. And other forms of acne vanish with the right skincare, diet and lifestyle changes.
It’s a step-by-step process and finding the right changes to trial takes you from stab in the dark to educated trial and error. Once you’re here, it’s not long before you’ll be seeing your acne love triangle collapsing into a harmonious relationship.
…and you my friend are here to learn exactly how to disrupt your acne love triangle with great and appropriate skincare.
Psst; If you want to get rid of your acne for good, you’ll also need an acne diet – I’ve got a free, 1-page cheat sheet to get you started on that here.
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Now you’ve grabbed your acne diet cheat sheet, back to anti-acne skincare. Treating acne with skincare is about choosing skincare which either;
- Helps stop dead skin from getting trapped in your pores
- Reduces the oiliness of your skin, therefore helping to prevent plugs from forming in your pores
- Has an antibacterial effect which helps to prevent the overgrowth of p.acnes bacteria
- Has an anti-inflammatory effect which reduces inflammation and therefore acne lesions
Effective anti-acne skincare regimens use active ingredients which tick off more than 1 of these 4 check boxes.
Shall we take a look at which The Ordinary products for acne can help you do this? Let’s get going my friend…
The Ordinary Acne Products
The Ordinary skincare range is a game-changing skincare line which started hitting our shelves in 2016.
Say you want to treat acne effectively, that used to mean wandering into your local chemist and searching for something that screamed I’m a teenager with acne when actually you’re a very beautiful adult with acne.
It used to mean picking up Clearasil or delving for a witch hazel range that you heard could blitz pimples.
It used to mean spending 100’s of your well-earned monies before finding even one product that worked – until it didn’t again.
That is until… The Ordinary skincare range launched. Seriously, this is a HUGE game-changer.
The Ordinary Skincare Range Is Based on 3 Key Principles
- Using active skincare ingredients
- Using active skincare ingredients in concentrations that work (and telling you what that concentration is)
- Keeping the price tag super affordable – I’m talking from £3.90 – you’re going to feel like you’re stealing!
Out of the current The Ordinary range, the following are the best The Ordinary products for acne. They will help you create an effective The Ordinary acne routine.
The Ordinary acne toners;
- Salicylic Acid 2% Solution (£3.90/30ml) – speeds skins exfoliating rate therefore helping prevent clogged pores – is also anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.
The Ordinary acne serums;
- Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (£5/30ml) – reduces how oily your skin is therefore helping prevent clogged pores – also helps heal skin and is anti-inflammatory.
- Advanced Retinoid 2% (£8.00/30ml) – a non-prescription form of the active a doctor might prescribe for acne.
The Ordinary acne creams;
- Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% (£5.50/30ml) – anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-keratolytic i.e. stops dead skin build-up.
The Ordinary acne face oils;
- 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil (£9/30ml) – a dry oil helping to reduce the oiliness of skin while also helping to reduce the size of microcomedones.
On a side note: For those of you who are already extremely skincare savvy, know that vitamin C products are also great in the defence against acne but to keep this The Ordinary acne regimen as straightforward and simple as possible, I’ve only picked products with maximum impact.
The Ordinary Acne Regimen
Now you know the right The Ordinary acne products to use you have first base ticked. Next, you need to know how to mix them.
Ever heard this rumour? That you should only ever use skincare products from the same skincare range? While this rumour isn’t true, it is based on a smidgen of fact – certain active skincare ingredients can cancel each other out. Or certain active skincare ingredients can cause your skin irritation when mixed. Or certain active skincare ingredients can make each other less effective when mixed.
For the whole story, take a peek at this article. To find out how to design a The Ordinary skincare routine for acne, keep reading here…
The Ordinary acne regimen for AM;
- Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% or Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% – can alternate on different days to benefit from both actives
- Sunscreen – if using the azelaic acid suspension, daily sun protection is a must as skincare acids can make your skin more susceptible to UV damage, Green People’s Sun Lotion SPF30 Scent Free (£22/200ml) is a great pick
The Ordinary acne regimen for PM;
- Salicylic Acid 2% Solution or Advanced Retinoid 2% – use on different evenings
- 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
Optional extra: Sometimes even oily, acne-prone skin types need extra moisture, if this describes your skin type, it’s worth investing in The Ordinary’s Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA.
The Ordinary Skincare Acne Regimen
The above The Ordinary acne products help to tackle your acne love triangle from all 3 routes.
You have azelaic acid, salicylic acid and rosehip oil to help prevent a sticky buildup of dead skin and sebum.
Then you have azelaic acid and salicylic acid to help make your skin less cushy for p.acnes.
Next, you have niacinamide and zinc to help fight inflammation and promote healing.
And finally, you have a retinoid to help power up your anti-acne skincare routine – because psst – this ingredient is from the same family a doctor would prescribe for acne.
Not bad eh.
But before you get going make sure you’ve also grabbed your copy of my free acne diet cheat sheet – click here to get yours now. It’s the perfect pairing for keeping your acne love triangle collapsed into harmony. Yes to that.
Now tell me which The Ordinary acne products you’re going to be starting with? Have you already been using The Ordinary products for acne? Do you have questions about mixing together anti-acne skincare? Come ask them in the comments section below…
Cheryl Woodman is a scientist & award winning skincare formulator who’s more friend next door than bow tie wearing professor. As creator of Honesty For Your Skin her aim is to help you care for your skin in the best ways possible. She’s founder of the natural & fragrance free skincare brand Honesty while also hosting 1 to 1 skincare coaching to help you get your best skin yet. Find out more here.