a guide to using our products on acne-prone skin

Breakout and blemish-prone skin often requires some extra TLC - TREATMENT, love, and care. Today, we're talking about how to use cocokind on acne-prone skin. We'll walk you through each step, and how each of the following products and their all-natural ingredients can help. Let's get right into it!

 

step 1) deeply cleanse

Use our facial cleansing oil to remove makeup and dirt from the skin. It's always important to cleanse, but it's especially crucial when you're breaking out! At night, there really shouldn't be any excuses. Make sure your face is completely clean and makeup-free before heading to bed. Leaving your face unchecked before sleeping can clog your pores and cause unnecessary consequences!

How do we cleanse when we're breaking out? We love putting one pump of the cleansing oil onto a cotton pad, adding 1-2 sprays of rosewater to the pad, and using the combination to remove makeup. Wipe the pad all over your face (gently!) until nothing else comes off onto the pad. That's when you'll know you've gotten all impurities, excess oil, and makeup off of your skin. Not only does this help remove dirt and makeup so your skin can breathe, it also helps preserve the good oils on your face.

Another great cleansing option is our oil to milk cleanser, which starts as an oil and transforms into a milk when mixed with water. The gentle, pH-balancing formula cleans and nourishes skin without stripping it of natural moisture, which is super important when you're in the middle of a breakout. It also promotes a healthy microbiome and helps clarify the skin. The best part? You can actually wash it off like a traditional cleanser!

 

step 2) always follow up with toner

Our toners are acidic- they help to remove any remaining dirt AND pH balance your skin for a supported acid mantle. 

Acid what? Your skin’s acid mantle is the thin film on the skin’s surface that helps act as a barrier against environmental stressors. It’s important to maintain the pH level of the acid mantle and to avoid stripping down this protective layer.

which toner should you use? 

Both of our toners are good for soothing skin, but the raspberry vinegar toner is stronger in acidity than the rosewater. It is specifically designed for those with oily or blemish-prone skin. The raspberry vinegar toner has a lower pH at 3.5 (vs. 5.5-6 for the rosewater toner). Cold-pressed and fermented raspberries deliver an acetic acid and nutrient-rich vinegar that helps to balance sebum and calm angry skin.

Post-cleansing, spray the toner 1-2x onto a cotton pad. Gently dab all over face, or on acne-prone areas to deeply cleanse. Note that this toner is definitely stronger and more acidic than the rosewater toner, so we recommend using it at max 2x a day.

If you struggle with body acne, we think you'll love spraying the raspberry vinegar toner on your body breakouts post-showering (and drying off).

Our rosewater toner has a higher pH of about 5.5, which is the average pH of healthy skin. If your pH is lower or higher than this, the rosewater toner helps restore it to a healthier level. This toner can be used as freely and frequently as desired, and it gently cleans your face while helping to reduce the appearance of redness.

For those with extremely sensitive skin who are also breaking out, the rosewater toner may be a better option, as it is gentler than the raspberry vinegar toner. 

**As a side note, if you follow us on Instagram, you'll know I love using the rosewater as the final step in my cleansing process, a refresher throughout the day, a makeup setter, and as an added ingredient to our facial oils. Mixing a few sprays of the toner in with our moisturizing oils helps deliver all the nutrients to the skin's deep layers.

 

step 3) mask and exfoliate

Cleansing, toning, and moisturizing may be our holy trinity, but masking and exfoliating are just as important.

masking

Our chlorophyll mask purifies the skin while soothing it. Your skin will feel calmer AND look brighter.

We recommend regularly using the mask to help calm, deeply cleanse, and nourish skin. You can use the chlorophyll mask almost every night!

To get the most out of this mask, start with a cleansed face to ensure you're only absorbing the GOOD stuff. Place one full scoop into your palm and add an equal amount of liquid. This mask was designed to be mixed with water, but can also easily be mixed with our cleansing oil, facial oils, toners, and even yogurt or coconut milk. It's all dependent on what your skin needs!

A few ways to customize this mask: 

-For dryer skin, mix in 1 pump of our cleansing oil or a couple of drops of our chia oil

-For oily skin, mix in 2-3 sprays of our rosewater toner or raspberry vinegar toner

-For more stubborn areas, mix LESS water into the mask so that it has a thicker texture. Sometimes the thicker masks can cause stiffness, so don't hesitate to add in a few drops of oils to make it more comfortable!

-For areas of thinner skin, you can add in more water to dilute the mask and make it thinner. The thinner texture will make it more relaxing!

Whatever you choose, leave the mask on for at least 20 minutes, and simply rinse off with warm water to remove. After you remove the mask, be sure to follow it up with either one of our toners. 

exfoliate

 Our sea moss exfoliator is gentle enough to be used 2-3 times a week, and is effective without being disruptive. Dead skin cells build up over time, which can clog pores or cause excess oil production.

Exfoliation helps slough away dead cells and dirt that are stuck on the  skin’s surface (usually in blackheads, whiteheads, and pustules). It’s important to remove these dead cells regularly to keep your skin bright and clear. 

 

 step 4) treat

Rather than drying out specific areas of the face (as most spot treatments do), our turmeric spot treatment helps tackle  visible signs of inflammation and the look of dark spots. Packed with turmeric, ginger, and tea tree oil, this organic treatment wards off clogged
pores and helps to visibly brighten complexion by diffusing excess melanin.

Excess melanin production is usually the cause of darker looking spots. Basically, it's NOT something we want an excess of.

Here's how to get the most out of your spot treatment: start by cleansing the skin to assure that the treatment can absorb fully and effectively. Apply the treatment stick to blemishes or areas that look like they have darker or uneven tone. To remove, simply wipe off with a damp cotton pad (try using a spritz of either toner). This spot treatment is gentle enough to use frequently as you desire.

Can you sleep with it on? Yup - it is ok! While the turmeric stick won't stain your skin, it will stain clothing and other fabrics (like your pillowcases), so plan accordingly. Lay a towel over your pillow cases!

It's also extremely beneficial to use the turmeric stick under the chlorophyll mask. You can apply the turmeric stick to your spots, and then apply a thin layer of the chlorophyll mask all over your face. Wash both off after at least 20 minutes and follow-up with toner on a cotton pad to make sure all the turmeric has been removed.

 

step 5) moisturize! 

ALWAYS moisturize, even when you're breaking out! Contrary to what many think, drying out your acne is not useful. Think about the evolution of your pimples. The skin’s natural way of healing an infection (aka, your blemish) is to release the infection through the skin’s surface. Drying out the infection rather than allowing it to exit the skin is more harmful than beneficial, and can actually prolong the recovery process. By drying out the irritated spot, you’re covering up the infection with dead skin cells that prevent it from healing naturally–not to mention, excessively dried out skin can flake off and scar, which we want to avoid. It's best to just let your skin do its natural regenerative thing!

For deep hydration, we recommend our chia facial oil or facial repair oilFor lighter moisturizing, or for those who are new to moisturizing with oils, we recommend our raspberry jasmine oil or our golden elixir (which can also be used on the hair and body)! Use one of these products day and night on a freshly cleansed and toned face to aid in the healing process.

Want even deeper moisture? Try using a spritz or two of our glow essence before using your facial oil. The lightweight formula will kickstart the hydration process and improve absorption of whatever products you use next!

 

summing it up

Your basic essential skincare steps are: cleanse, tone, exfoliate and mask, treat, and moisturize. Everyone's skin is different, so we always recommend listening to your skin and developing a routine tailored to its specific needs. Since developing a routine can feel daunting, I wanted to share with you a recommended AM and PM routine if you are breaking out. Again, always listen to your skin and add or skip steps as necessary!

AM

  1. Rinse your face with our oil to milk cleanser
  2. Spray our rosewater toner on a cotton pad and wipe all over face
  3. Apply our raspberry jasmine oil, chia facial oil, golden elixir, or facial repair oil as a moisturizer
  4. Apply sunscreen of your choice

PM

  1. Apply our cleansing oil and 1-2 sprays of our rosewater toner to a cotton pad. Wipe all over your face to remove makeup. Alternatively, you can remove your makeup using the cleansing oil and use the sea moss exfoliator to double cleanse and remove build up.
  2. Use our turmeric spot treatment or chlorophyll mask (or both!)
  3. Rinse off the mask and/or wipe off the turmeric stick using a cotton pad and toner combo.
  4. Tone using our raspberry vinegar toner. This time, make sure nothing else comes off on the pad! Your face should be totally clean and free of residue after this step.
  5. Moisturize with our raspberry jasmine oil, chia facial oil, golden elixir, or facial repair oil.

 

Again - everyone's skincare needs are unique. There's no "right" or "wrong" way to use our products, and you don't need to use all of them to benefit from the natural ingredients! We hope this helps and we're always around to answer additional questions at info@cocokind.com!

Other resources to learn more about how to use our products:

How to choose the right toner for you

How to choose the right moisturizer for you

General comprehensive post on how to use cocokind

How to mentally deal with hormonal acne

Acne 101 - understanding more about what kind(s) of acne you have and how to treat