Finding an acne product that is perfect for your skin type can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Acne is a chronic skin condition involving inflammation (redness, swelling, pain) of the skin on the face, neck, chest, or back. With the right treatment and care, virtually everyone can see clearer skin.
What are the different types of acne? Acne can take several forms. They include: Blackheads. Whiteheads. Pimples. Pustules. Fungal acne. Nodules. Cysts.
Acne may be caused by but not limited to decreased skin turnover and shedding, increased production of sebum, and certain types of skin bacteria. Other factors include genetics, hormones, physical stimulation (rubbing, picking, squeezing) and using skincare products that are not right for your skin type. Untreated acne can lead to skin color changes, scars, and psychosocial and emotional distress.
We put a lot of time, effort, and money into looking our best. Ironically, the very same products you rely on to keep your skin looking its best could be doing your pores a big disservice. Using the wrong skincare products and makeup could actually accentuate the pimples you're trying so hard to get rid of.
TIPS FOR CARING FOR AN ACNE PRONE FACE
Choose a cleanser specially formulated for acne.
What to look for in an acne cleanser: Products that help clear acne contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.
Clean your face gently. Trauma to the acne breakouts may make the acne worse or cause scarring. When washing your face, use your hands then pat your face dry with a clean towel to get rid of excess water.
Moisturizers are an essential part of the acne care routine. Many acne washes contain drying ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, which can suck the moisture out of your skin and leave it looking red and irritated. A good moisturizer will keep the water in your skin and help avoid unsightly drying and peeling.
What to look for in a moisturizer for acne-prone skin: Choose a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer that won't clog your pores. Also look for ingredients like glycerin and hyaluronic acid, which hold moisture in the skin.
What to avoid: Heavy, greasy products that contain pimple-producing ingredients such as cocoa butter, mineral oil, or cold cream.
Treating Acne or not, wearing sunscreen is a vital part of a skincare routine. Getting burned too many times can also leave you with premature lines and wrinkles, and increase your risk for skin cancer. You want to protect your skin when you're outside in the sun by choosing the right type of sunscreen for your skin type.
What to look for in a Sunscreen: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and a physical blocker like zinc oxide of at least 6% to protect against both UVA and UVB light. A water-based or light liquid-based gel or spray-on sunscreen is best for people who tend to get breakouts. You can also look for light lotions and powder sunscreens that will not clog your skin’s pores. Watch out for chemicals such as PABA and benzophenone, which can irritate sensitive skin.