Acne is a very serious skin concern and what is even more complex is caring for acne prone skin. There are a variety of acne skin care products available in the market that fight against the root causes of acne and improve the condition. Apart from this, there are also plenty of resources, online and offline that guide you on how to care for acne prone skin efficiently. However, women are still unaware of the right procedures and end up making a wrong choice of acne skin care products.
No wonder then if the products fail to perform and acne refuses to heal. The successful treatment of acne depends on your choice of skin care products and how you use them. Here are some simple tips to help you take care of your acneic skin.
Clean your skin with a good Cleanser
Acne often results and aggravates as a result of accumulated impurities within the skin pores. Therefore, the first and most important step in eliminating acne is keeping your skin clean. Also, unclean skin doesn't respond to any acne care products or acne treatments.
Make sure you deep-cleanse your face in the morning and at night with a mild cleanser and tepid water. A cleanser flushes out all the toxins and impurities from within the skin pores and prevents acne causing irritants from residing there. Use a cleanser that suits your skin type and gently cleans your face without leaving the skin excessively dry. Look for anti-acneic cleansers!
iS Clinical Cleansing complex – It is a mild anti-acneic cleanser by Innovative Skincare that is great for resurfacing and deep cleaning the skin. Though it is powerful, it can be safely used on sensitive skin and does not leave the skin dry. It also contains antioxidants to fight against free radicals.
Follow up with a Toner or Astringent
Toners are especially important for women with acne prone skin. Toners and astringents work to control the oiliness of the skin by contracting the skin pores and thus blocking out any acne causing irritants. If toners make your skin excessively dry, then try shifting to a mild alcohol-free toner. Also make sure you swipe the skin only once lest you end up stripping away the natural oils of the skin.
Obagi Nu-Derm Toner – It contains a unique combination of natural ingredients and herbs that tones the skin and restores its normal pH balance. It is comprised of a natural astringent called 'Alum' that adjusts the pH balance of the skin.
Don't skip Moisturizing
There is a popular misconception among women that oily skin doesn't require moisturization. However, that's not true. Oily skin has an excess of oil and not moisture and there is a difference between the two. Moisturization allows the skin to restore its balance. In fact, a lack of moisture within the skin cells cause it to produce more natural oils to keep itself hydrated, thus promoting oiliness.
Use a lightweight oil-free moisturizer that gently hydrates the skin and doesn't make it appear too greasy.
Kinerase Hydra Boost Intensive Treatment – It hydrates the skin immediately as it contains Kinetin, 25% Hyaluronic Acid and other moisturizing agents to provide maximum moisturizing from the inside out for a healthier, younger complexion.
Effective Ingredients of Acne Skin Care Products
The acne skin care products that you use should work to remove and dry the excessive oil particles that cause the skin pores to get inflamed and lead to acne. Therefore, choose products that target the oil production in the skin. Here are some popular ingredients that are effective against acne.
Benzoyl peroxide introduces oxygen within the skin pores that kills the P acne, bacteria responsible for causing acne breakouts. As the bacteria population reduces, the numbers of acne breakouts on the skin lessen as well. In addition, benzoyl peroxide removes the dead skin cells from the follicles and clears the skin pores of cellular debris. This prevents the pores from getting blocked and further prevents the occurrence of comedones.
Salicylic acid works as an exfoliant and scrapes off dead skin cells from the skin surface. It penetrates within the follicles and promotes the shedding of dead skin cells within. Thus the skin pores remain clean and acne breakouts and inflammations reduces.
Triclosan is very effective antibiotic and helps eliminate acne causing bacteria from the skin cells.
Dr. Marilynn Syrett is a graduate from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine Of The Pacific. She has a keen interest in studying the use and effectiveness of special skin care products and acne treatments.