Skin care for acne-prone skin
Our #1 Tip on caring for acne-prone skin is ‘be gentle’. Here’s why:
Driven by the myth that acne is caused by dirt – or determined to quickly unclog the pores and get rid of excess oil – some use harsh cleansers, scrub the skin and wash too often. Others have even been told to “just wash your face more…” to get rid of acne spots. However, the result of these actions is dry, red, irritated skin and sometimes a worsening of acne (pimples). What’s the reason?
The outer layer of our skin forms a natural barrier that keeps out bacteria and dirt and retains moisture. This protective band of skin is made up of fatty substances called lipids which keep the skin moisturized, and skin cells.
Stripping the outer layer of skin of lipids weakens this protective barrier. The skin’s immune system is triggered in response to this ‘attack’, causing redness and irritation.
Practice good skincare by treating your skin gently, using mild cleansers and washing twice a day only.
This will help to maintain the skin’s barrier and improve the appearance and health of your skin.
Cleansers remove excess oil, dirt, sweat and dead skin cells from the skin.
Using gentle cleansers, warm water and rinsing the skin after cleansing is all that is required to clean the skin properly – and will minimize skin irritation. Cleanse the face twice a day only.
Look for products that are:
And may contain:
It may be tempting to try to dry out your skin but this is not a good idea. Moisturizers are needed for ALL but the most oily skin types.
When choosing a moisturizer, look for products that are:
And may contain:
*Note: If you are using an acne treatment, apply this first and follow with a moisturizer.
There is a common myth that these products will make acne worse. This is not true!
Non-comedogenic (will not clog the pores), oil-free cosmetics – there are many types available – will not worsen your acne.
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*Some medical treatments for acne may make the condition worse before it gets better, so use makeup to hide spots and help you get through this difficult stage and stay on treatment to get the best results possible.
There is a belief that sunscreens clog the pores, feel heavy on the skin and make acne worse.
But many of today’s sunscreens are non-comedogenic (do not clog the pores and make acne worse) and are formulated to feel light.
It’s important to keep your skin healthy and lessen your risk of sunburn, sun-damaged skin and skin cancer by wearing an SPF 30 or higher, broad-spectrum sunscreen when needed.
Choose sunscreens that are:
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