Acne Skin Care Products Ė Which Is Best?

By Marilynn Syrett Published 06/5/2009 | Beauty
Itís not easy to deal with acne. Acne is not just a skin condition. Rather, it can be a huge stress factor that results in low self esteem and psychological distress. Moreover, if acne is not treated appropriately, the condition can become aggravated resulting in severe inflammations.

There are a variety of skin care products available in the market. They can be classified into 3 categories:

General acne care products or Preventive acne skin care products
Specialized, over-the-counter acne skin care products
Prescription acne skin care products

General Acne Care Products

These products are like preventive acne skin care products that help prevent the occurrence of acne inflammations and breakouts. They can be cleansers, toners, moisturizers, make-up removers that contain anti-acneic benefits and helps heal acne.

In fact, preventive acne skin care products should be part of your skin care regimen even if you are not suffering from severe acne. This is because the ingredients fight off acne-causing bacteria on the skin and help eliminate the root causes of acne. Some of their basic functions are:

They control the activity of sebum glands and limit the production of excessive oil that causes skin pores to get clogged
They prevent sebum from accumulating in the skin pores
They eliminate acne causing bacteria within the skin pores
They exfoliate the dead skin cells from the skin surface which prevents pore clogging

Some Product Suggestions:

iS Clinical Cleansing Complex Ė Itís a superb cleanser that not only resurfaces and deep cleanses the skin but also works to prevent acne. The best thing about the product is that it helps control acne without stripping the skin off its natural protective oils. It contains antioxidants that fight against free radicals. Whatís moreÖ Though itís a powerful serum it can be used well by people with sensitive skin.

Specialized Acne Skin Care Products

Apart from the general skin care products, there are specialized skin care products available over-the-counter without prescription. They are specialized acne skin care treatment products that identify the prime causes of acne and treat them accordingly. They contain active ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, both powerful acne fighting compounds. They eliminate acne causing bacteria and prevent and heal acne.

While using specialized skin care products start with one that has a lower concentration of benzoyl peroxide, about 5 %. This allows you to see how your skin reacts to the product. If your acne does not improve, you can start using higher concentrations of product. Also, apply these products on alternate days as you begin; then be more regular as your skin gets used to it.

Some Product Suggestions:

iS Clinical Active Serum
It is a high concentration serum that not only clears off acne and pigmentation concerns but also improves the skin quality. It is anti-acneic and ideal for people who have oily acneic skin and aging is also a concern.

iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum
It is a breakthrough anti-acneic formula that combines 15% Vitamin C, Vitamin E and vitamin A along with powerful antioxidants and olive leaf extracts. It heals the skin from acne, improves skin integrity and also enhances the skin texture. Moreover, it provides sun protection as well. It contains 0.5% kojic acid to even out skin pigmentation and prevent the occurrence of acne. The zinc sulfate helps reduce acne inflammations.

Prescription Acne Skin Care Products

These products are prescribed by dermatologists who examine your skin condition and depending upon that prescribes spot treatments and other products. They can be oral antibiotics or topical treatments.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 anti-aging skin products and acne treatments.