Skin Care for Acne-Prone Skin
If you have pimples or acne-prone skin, you may already be using over-the-counter or prescription products to treat your acne. But skin care for people with acne-prone skin also merits attention, since it's possible to irritate your skin and cause additional breakouts if you're not careful. You need to choose your skin care products carefully and use them properly to get the best results.
Causes of Acne
Acne results from clogged pores, which in turn result in part from too much oil on your skin, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Clogged pores form whiteheads, blackheads and tiny bumps. When bacterial infection causes these blocked pores to swell, they become pimples. Teens commonly suffer from acne due to hormonal changes that cause their skin to make too much oil, but adults, especially women, often get it too.
To prevent additional pore blockages from forming, you need to remove excess oil from your skin. The first mistake many people with acne-prone skin make is to scrub their skin to remove this oil--doing so can produce more skin irritation, which leads to more acne, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Instead, wash your skin carefully once or twice each day with a cleanser designed for acne-prone skin.
Many over-the-counter skin care products contain medication designed to fight acne. You can purchase foaming cleansers, toners, creams, serums and masks with acne-fighting ingredients such as salicylic acid, sulfur and benzoyl peroxide. However, the AAD warns against using too many of these products in combination. Over-the-counter acne products can irritate your skin, and using two or more at once potentially can make your skin raw and sore.
It's possible to purchase makeup products such as foundations that will actively fight your acne with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, according to the AAD. But even if you decide against using these types of products, make certain you choose cosmetics and moisturizer products that won't promote acne formation. Good choices will be labeled "non-acnegenic" or "non-comedogenic," which simply means they won't promote acne, the AAD says. You also should choose hair products that are oil-free.
Never pop, lance or pick at your pimples, the AAD warns, because doing so will make your acne last longer and get worse. Picking at your pimples also can leave a permanent scar. Also, you should wait at least 10 minutes after you wash your face to apply acne medication, and apply any makeup you wear after your acne medication to make sure the medication remains in constant contact with your skin.
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