Acne Skin Care BasicsAcne skin requires special care due to it’s sensitive nature.  Here are some tips that will help you get your acne under control.

Cleansing

1.1      Wash with warm, not hot water:  Warm water will moisten and prepare your skin for cleansing.  Hot water can be drying and irritating.  Splash some warm water on your face or take a warm shower.  This will open up the pores for a more effective, thorough cleansing.

1.2      Wash with your fingers only:  Use a cleanser containing salicylic acid that will help promote exfoliation. Lather the cleanser in your hands with warm water and then gently cleanse your face.

It is important that you not use a face cloth, scrubbing pads, or cleansers that contain particles or beads as these can damage the skin.  It may seem counterintuitive, but scrubbing can actually make your acne worse by spreading P. Acnes bacteria and damaging the skin resulting in acne scarring.

As an alternative, Clarisonic Cleansing Devices have a special acne brush and provide a gentle, effective cleansing.

1.3      Rinse with warm, not hot water:  Gently splash your face with warm water until the cleanser is rinsed away.

1.4     Gently pat your skin dry with a soft, absorbent towel:   As with cleansing, avoid drying your skin by rubbing with a towel as this can damage the skin.  Gently pat and let any remaining moisture on your skin naturally evaporate.

Anti-Acne Treatment Creams

2.1      Gently apply with your fingers:  Whether your anti-acne treatment creams contains Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid, Sulfur, Resourcinol, Sulfur/Resourcinol, or natural product formulations, gently apply the cream, lotion or gel to your face using your fingers and gently spread it over your entire face with your fingertips.  Take care to avoid getting any product in your eyes or mouth.

2.2      Initially Use Low Dosage Active Ingredient Formulations:  When trying a new anti-acne topical treatment it is best to start with a low dosage of the active ingredient.  This will give your skin an opportunity to acclimate to the active ingredient and you can gauge if the active ingredient is well-tolerated by your skin. Allow the product to be naturally absorbed by the skin.

The active ingredients in anti-acne products can irritate and dry the skin.  Once you are comfortable that there is no adverse irritation or drying, you can begin using a higher dosage or use the product on a more frequent basis.  Use the products per the manufacturer’s recommendations.

2.3      Be Patient:  Most acne treatment regimens require 8 to 12 weeks to produce the desired results.  Many people get discouraged if they do not see immediate results and switch products before giving any one treatment regimen sufficient time to produce the desired results.

Controlling Acne is a process and a lifestyle.  Be patient and follow recommended protocols.  You should soon see an improvement in your acne.

2.4      Consult A Dermatologist:  If Over The Counter products do not improve your acne within a 12 week period, you may have a severe case of acne that may require prescription medications.  If this is the case, consult a Dermatologist.

Moisturizers, Sunscreens, Skin Brightening Products

3.1      Gently apply with your fingers:  Since anti-acne treatment products can dry or irritate the skin, it is important that you use a moisturizer to rehydrate the skin and sunscreen to prevent damage from sun exposure.  Use a moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid as this is the skin’s native moisturizer and hydrator.

If you have acne scarring, apply a skin brightening cream or gel.  Use products containing Kojic Acid, Licorice Root Extract, or Daisy Blossom Extract as these are gentle, natural skin lighteners.

Diet & Lifestyle

4.1      Eat Healthy:  Research indicates that a diet low in dairy, gluten and high-glycemic foods and high in foods that contain high amounts of Vitamins A & E, Zinc, Lineolic Acid and Lauric Acid can help control acne.

Reduce your consumption of white bread, flour pasta, white rice, breakfast cereals, milk, cheese, potato chips, sugar and soft drinks.

Increase your consumption of fish, seafood, quinoa pasta, fresh fruits, vegetables, yogurt, and oils from coconut, sunflower, safflower, olive, and nuts.

Consume Omega-3 Fatty Acids found in salmon, avocados, walnuts and flaxseed oil which have been shown to regulate molecules that increase sebum production.  Not only will this help control your acne, there are many other health benefits as well.

4.2       Never, Ever Pop Pimples:  As annoying as pimples may be, popping pimples can only make acne worse and may result in acne scarring.  Popping pimples by any method damages the skin and may spread the P. Acnes bacteria.  Let pimple resolve naturally.

4.3       Avoid makeup and skincare products that clog pores:   Use non-comedogenic, non-irritating, hypoallergenic makeup and skincare products.  Products that contain butters, dyes, and many commonly used ingredients like lanolin, cetyl acetate, stearates, myristates, clog pores which is the starting point for ance breakouts.