Acne Prone Skin Care Tips
There are 6 essential tips for acne prone skin care that can help reduce blemishes and improve your skin’s appearance.
Depending on your level of acne (i.e.-mild or severe) and your overall skin type (i.e.-dry, combination, oily) you may need to play with these 6 steps a little to find the right combination of products that work for you.
But when it comes down to it, you should use these 6 main steps as a guideline for whatever specific acne prone skin care regimen you choose.
1) Wash your face twice per day with a mild cleanser
Don’t over-wash! Acne is not the result of dirty skin and over-washing can cause more irritation and more breakouts.
Some people think they need a strong or harsh cleanser to fix their acne, but this isn’t true! Medicated cleansers can often irritate and aggravate your acne instead of helping. Plus they’re washed off so quickly that they aren’t in contact with your skin long enough to do any good.
Gentle and mild cleansers are really the way to go. I suggest the cleansers listed in this article: Best Facial Cleanser for Acne Skin .
Use lukewarm water and apply the cleanser gently to your skin using small circular motions. Don’t rub your skin or do anything to cause irritation. Lather the cleanser gently over your skin for about 20 seconds, then rinse it off completely using lukewarm water. To dry your skin, pat it very gently with a clean washcloth or towel. Again, don’t rub your skin with the washcloth! Be gentle and avoid irritation as much as possible.
2) Apply a product containing either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid
Depending on your level of acne and your overall skin type, this step will vary. Some people find benzoyl peroxide too aggravating to their skin, so if you have sensitive or dry skin then salicylic acid may be the way to go.
If you have relatively mild acne with only a few occasional pimples in certain spots then you may just want to use these products as a acne spot treatment directly on your zits. If you have more serious acne then you can apply a thin layer of the product all over your face.
If you choose to go with benzoyl peroxide, I would aim for a concentration of 2.5% instead of products containing 5% or 10%. Clinical studies have shown that the 2.5% concentration is just as effective and not as harsh as stronger formulations. For more information, check out the Best Over the Counter Acne Products .
Many people with acne prone skin skip this step because they think moisturizers will just add more oil to their skin. BIG MISTAKE! Moisturizing your skin is essential, especially if you’re using products with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid as these can be very drying.
If you don’t moisturize your skin, it can become overly dry and in order to compensate, your skin will actually start producing more oil! YIKES! Not what we’re aiming for. So it is definitely important to keep your skin hydrated.
To avoid further breakouts, simply choose a moisturizer that is non-comedogenic (non-pore-clogging) or oil-free, like the ones listed here: Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin and Acne.
4) Use sunscreen
Protecting your skin from the sun is an essential step in any skin care regimen, including acne prone skin care regimens. Too much sun can irritate your skin and aggravate your acne. Unfortunately many people find that a lot of sunscreens make them breakout.
I have only ever found one sunscreen that doesn’t make me breakout. It’s called Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46. I don’t think it’s sold in drugstores but you can find it online or at this link Top Sunscreen for Oily Skin . I wear it every single day and it has actually helped get rid of my acne and fade old acne marks!
5) Avoid physical irritants
What do I mean by physical irritants?
Anything that promotes the spread of bacteria on your skin. Essentially you should avoid the following as much as possible:
- Pimple popping
- Resting your face in your hands
- Hats, helmets, chin straps
- Greasy hair products
- Dirty washcloths, towels, or pillowcases
Certain cosmetics and makeup ingredients can also be irritating to your skin and promote acne, which brings me to the final step...
6) Use Pure Mineral Makeup
Pure Mineral Makeup won’t clog your skin. The key word is pure which means it should not have anything but minerals in it. It should not contain Bismuth (a skin irritant) or Mica (a shine agent which draws attention to fine lines and large pores). Choose a mineral that absolutely matches your skin. Go a shade lighter since oils usually turn everything darker.
These 6 tips are essential for acne prone skin care, no matter which products or regimens you choose.
You can use these steps as the foundation for your acne treatment plan and build off of them in whatever way suits your skin the best.
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