Caring for acne-prone skin
Caring for acne-prone skin can be difficult. You probably have an urge to use harsh, cleansers and products that dry breakouts as quickly as possible. But, these types of products can actually make acne-prone skin worse.
The best thing you can do for acne-prone skin is to wash daily with a mild cleanser and moisturize with an oil-free, noncomedogenic moisturizer. You should also avoid oil-based skin care products like sunscreen. Use oil free products instead.
Don’t dry it outDrying out your skin can actually make acne worse. This is because skin that is dry produces more oil to compensate for the oils you have stripped from it with harsh cleansers. There needs to be a balance between the products you use to treat acne and the requirements that healthy skin has.
Whenever possible, try using natural skin care products to treat acne. Chemical products can be excessively drying. Treatments like tee tree oil, citrus juices, and oatmeal, are less drying than products containing chemicals like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Opt for products that are mild.
Skin needs moisturePeople tend to think that the drier their skin is, the less likely they are to break out. As mentioned above, skin that is dry tends to produce more oil (called sebum) to compensate, especially skin that is naturally oily to begin with.
This fact aside, skin needs moisture to remain healthy. Dry your skin out and you’ll be more prone to wrinkles. Even oily, acne-prone skin needs to be moisturized. You can use an oil-free moisturizer morning and night to make sure that your skin stays hydrated. You should also drink water to flush out impurities and to stay hydrated.
Acne-prone skin has the same basic requirements as skin that is not prone to breakouts. You just have to be sure to use products and treatments that are designed to prevent and treat acne.
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Last revised: Sunday, 29 August 2010
This article contains general information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional.