Tuesday, August 23, 2011

How to Beat Acne...For Good.

If we do not feel good about the skin we’re in- it shows. Between 40 and 50 million Americans suffer from acne. However, the vast majority do NOT use the right products. Trying to blast the problem away with powerful chemicals is NOT the answer. So if you suffer from cystic acne, acne, or even the occasional pimple, these are some of the steps you should take.

Evaluate

In order to evaluate your products correctly, you must first know your skin type. Wash your face with a mild cleanser like Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser and wait a half hour. Does your skin feel dry? Does it feel oily? Normal? This helps to determine your skin type. A common misconception is that only oily skin types can develop acne.

If your face looks shiny look at your regular skin care routine products. Do any contain Benzoyl peroxide or Salicylic acid? What percentage of the ingredient does it contain?

Benzoyl peroxide is more powerful than Salicylic acid. If you use a product with Benzoyl peroxide and your face is red, raw, or irritated, this chemical is too strong for you. Benzoyl peroxide is generally too strong for sensitive skin. To break away from Benzoyl peroxide overuse, try using a Salicylic acid product with a 2 or 3 percentage.

If your skin is oily and has never reacted to Benzoyl peroxide, check to see how much Benzoyl peroxide is in the products that you use. Generally 10 percent Benzoyl peroxide is suitable for acne on the body, and 5 percent for the face. PanOxyl Bar 5 percent Benxoyl peroxide is a great acne choice for those not Benzoyl Peroxide sensitive.

Moisturize

Too often acne sufferers do not moisturize their skin at all. After that half hour waiting period, if your skin is really oily, you probably do not need moisturizer. However if after that half hour your skin feels dry, tight, or is flaking at all, you need to moisturize.

Moisturizing is frequently essential to conquering acne. This goes against what you would think, right? But for a lot of people, moisturizing actually clears up acne.

Great acne moisturizers include the Clean and Clear Advantage Acne Control 2-in-1 Acne and Mark Eraser Kit’s Daily Protecting Moisturizer SPF 15. This kit is especially good for sensitive skin because the cleanser is less harsh than other over the counter acne prescriptions, and it moisturizes as well.

Products containing retinoids such as Retin A are excellent to use to treat acne. Just be sure that any retinoid or Benzoyl peroxide product you buy comes in an aluminum tube with a small opening to minimize air exposure.

Masks

I really like the Proactiv Refining Mask. Proactiv is great for Oily, Sensitive Skin Types. Sulfur containing masks are great for clearing up the skin, especially if you only have an occasional pimple.

What are your favorite acne products? Tell me about it!

Madison Hébert

Email- madimhebert@gmail.com or via Twitter @madihebert

10 comments:

  1. i love the clean and clear cleansers with benzoyl as i am allergic to salicylic or something because it breaks me out :(


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  2. God. I have dry skin. I don't moisturize. Therefore, I break out. thank you Ms. Hebert!

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  3. The Salicylic acid makes you break out? If you have an allergy, your skin will get very irritated by it.I'm so glad Benzoyl peroxide works for you!

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  4. Daily skin cleansing helps to beat acne will take determined effort to develop and stick to a sensible skin cleansing routine.

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  5. Pollution and stress play a major role in aggravating the acne infection. You can use non-perfume wipes that will help to keep your skin healthy and clean.

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  6. Shift to a healthy diet regimen that includes plenty of fruits and vegetable. They help you attain a clear skin.Clean your face twice a day, using a cleanser that contains tea tree oil or manuka honey.

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  7. Use water-based products and makeup for the face and avoid any that contain oil.Rinsing well will also help remove any dead skin cells and any soap that may be left behind.

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  8. Daily skin cleansing to prevent acne will take determined effort to develop and stick to a sensible skin cleansing routine. Use water-based products and makeup for the face and avoid any that contain oil.

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  9. Wash more often in summers to prevent oils from getting accumulated and keep face clean.Moisturising your face with emphasis on the dry areas. This moisturizer should also have a sunscreen to prevent premature aging of your skin.

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