Caring for acne-prone skin
This guide is meant as advice only and is based on Olivia Klein products and their use. It is not intended to replace medical treatment in any way. Skin problems should always be treated under the guidance of a trained medical professional. Please consult with your physician on the safe use of cosmetic products while you are on medication or any type of treatment for a skin condition.
Acne is a common skin condition that typically involves excessive impurities and oiliness. Depending on the type, acne can cause blackheads and whiteheads, painful sore spots and, in the worst case, large cysts that can leave scars. Thorough cleansing, maintaining a good moisture content and occasional deep treatment are all essential to proper acne care.
It is important to follow the skin’s changes and symptoms every day. Your daily cleansing gel and toner should be chosen on an as-needed basis. Olivia Klein products help to deep cleanse the skin and calm the symptoms of acne, but, sadly, they cannot cure it. Severe acne should always be treated under the supervision of a medical professional.
It’s extremely important not to dry the skin out when cleansing. Dryness can cause the skin’s natural sebum production to kick into overdrive, leading to oiliness and impurities and the worsening of acne. Hot water can dry and irritate the skin, so always use warm water. For a light cleanse and to freshen up the skin it’s best to use a hydrating toner, as this retains the skin’s natural pH and supports the absorption of skin care products.
Choose your cleansing product on a daily, as-needed basis. When your acne has flared up we recommend using our Acne Wash cleansing gel. It contains activated charcoal as well as several natural extracts and tea tree oil which help to deep cleanse impurities, soothe inflammation, minimise the look of pores and control excess sebum production.
Once your skin is calm and relatively symptomless, we recommend swapping to our milder Jelly Wash cleansing gel, which will cleanse the skin gently and leave it feeling fresh and matte. Jelly Wash is also suitable for make-up removal but removing highly pigmented make-ups might require a double cleanse.
Facial deep cleansing
Regular mask treatments a few times per week will help the skin cleanse and achieve the ideal moisture content. Our charcoal-based Detox Masque is a super gentle hydrating cream mask that leaves the skin moisturised, soft and supple, while minimising the look of pores.
Oil cleansing is an effective way to deep cleanse persistent impurities and blackheads. It works wonders for treating excessive oiliness, as it leaves the skin moisturised and helps control both the skin’s natural sebum production, as well as the excess sebum production caused by dryness.
We do not recommend strong mechanical exfoliation, as exfoliating may further injure skin already damaged by acne. If exfoliating is absolutely necessary, we recommend gently massaging the skin with a cleansing cloth while removing cleansers, oils or masks.
Bath and shower
Acne-prone should be washed as gently as possible. Avoid using hot water, daily baths or showers and strong cleansers so that the skin barrier remains intact. A healthy skin barrier upholds the skin’s natural moisture content and immunity, significantly reducing skin irritation and excessive sebum production.
For washing the body, we recommend using our charcoal-based cleansing gel as needed to alleviate symptoms of acne. When the skin is calm, swap to a mild and sulphate-free shower gel. Please keep in mind that it is extremely important you replenish the skin’s moisture and pH by applying a toner and moisturiser after each wash.
Regular oil cleansing provides the skin with plenty of moisture and suppleness, while also supporting the alleviation of acne symptoms. Our Oil Wash & Care is rich in nourishing vitamin E-packed oils, which moisturise and soften the skin effectively while supporting the healing of acne and damaged skin.
Toners are an important part of every successful skin care routine. Toners are packed with hydrating and nourishing ingredients that care for the skin while also restoring the skin’s pH and supporting the effects and absorption of other skin care products. Always spray the skin moist with toner before applying moisturiser; this way, you’ll reduce the amount of moisturiser you need and make your product last much longer. This also reduces itchiness and burning caused by applying product directly onto inflamed, irritated skin.
Our Acne Spray Toner contains alpha hydroxy acids, essential oils and natural extracts, and is specifically designed to support acne treatment. It promotes the natural peeling of the skin, soothes inflammation, minimises the look of pores and helps control excessive oiliness. We recommend using Acne Spray Toner only as needed.
When the skin is calm and relatively symptomless, we recommend using our sea salt and hyaluronic acid Mineral Spray Toner as part of your daily moisturising routine. Mineral Spray Toner hydrates and softens the skin and helps control impurities and oiliness.
Facial skin care
Daily moisturising is essential to improving the skin’s moisture content and replenishing a damaged skin barrier. Apply toner and moisturiser in moderation several times a day to avoid over-treating the skin, and to gauge the exact needs of your skin on a day-to-day basis. The correct choice of moisturiser depends on the more specific needs of your skin.
Our light, deep hydrating Hydra Lotion is the best choice for frequent, daily moisturising. Our richer, rose water-based Balance Cream is effective at softening rough, dry patches as well as soothing sensitive areas of the skin. Our super nourishing Vitamin Cream softens the skin and helps rejuvenate dull, damaged skin. All of these moisturisers are also suitable for priming make-up.
Facial deep treatment
Nourishment-packed serums bring an added boost to your skin care regimen and guarantee the best results. Serums can be used in place of moisturisers or mixed into any of our moisturisers to boost your daily moisturising routine. Monitor your skin’s response daily and choose the correct deep treatment as needed.
Our rooibos extract Balance Serum supports the treatment of impurities and oiliness; it provides the skin with firmness and elasticity, minimises the look of pores and controls sebum production. Our nourishing Vitamin Serum is packed with vitamin C, which boosts collagen synthesis and supports the skin’s vitality and rejuvenation.
For improving the appearance of fine lines and scars we recommend our Revive Concentrate. It contains plenty of DMAE, which leaves the skin firm and supple, and MSM, which supports the formation of healthy skin tissue and prevents the reduction of collagen production. Revive Concentrate must be used regularly to uphold results, so we recommend daily use, for example as part of your night-time skin care routine.
Body skin care
All of our lotions and creams contain moisturising and softening oils, so choosing the right product depends on the more specific needs of your skin. Base Lotion is a light, quickly absorbing body lotion, which is best suited for daily use when the skin is calm and symptomless.
If you are treating acne symptoms on the body, we recommend using our Prime Cream, which contains nourishing, softening and naturally antibacterial oils that support the healing of acne symptoms, as well as goat milk powder, which lightly brightens and exfoliates the skin.
A gentle clay wash will help control scalp oiliness and soothe scalp irritation and tenderness caused by impurities. To achieve a clay wash, add a bit of our clay-based exfoliation powder to a mild shampoo and massage the scalp gently. Our pink kaolin clay and sodium bicarbonate hair powder can be sprinkled into the roots to absorb excess oiliness during the day.
Deep cleansing impurities
We recommend using our charcoal cleansing gel as a mask treatment for treating individual impurities, inflamed hair follicles and small problem areas. Apply a small amount of gel onto the desired area and let dry. If necessary, the gel can be left to set overnight. Remove the gel with toner and a cotton pad and moisturise.
During the day, the skin can be treated with our soothing aloe vera and antioxidant-rich blueberry extract hydration gel. The gel helps alleviate the symptoms of inflammation and irritation. For extra soothing power, the gel can be kept in the refrigerator before use.