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Products To Avoid When Treating Acne

Soap Cosmetics Choosing Acne and Skin Safe Products

 With so many over-the-counter acne products available, how do you go about picking and choosing the ones that will work for you? There is no simple answer to this question, unfortunately. But there are things you can look for in a product, and certain things that you can >avoid.

So which acne products are useful or helpful, and which kinds can aggravate your skin or cause damage? Let's look at some of the more common products used in acne treatment and prevention.

Soap

The first, and most common acne fighting product is good old-fashioned soap. Of course, there are many more choices nowadays than in our grandparent's day; unfortunately not all of the extras in soaps are good for skin trying to fight off or prevent acne. For one thing, the soap you wash your body with is probably way too strong for use on your face. Facial cleansers are the answer to this problem. They are specially formulated for use on the more delicate skin of your face. They can be had in forms made for all types of skin, from oily to dry or sensitive. Cleansers made for acne prevention or healing are generally oil-free, to avoid clogging your pores, have gentle cleansing agents, and an acne-fighting ingredient like benzoyl peroxide. And guys, if you don't want to be seen buying cream cleansers for your face, at least get a gentle, oil-free bar soap that rinses away easily for use on your face.

No matter which cleanser you wind up getting, don't overdo it. Wash in accordance with the directions on the product, and no more than once or twice a day in any case. Be gentle when washing as well. Scrubbing too hard can leave open wounds and cracks in your skin that acne bacteria can more easily invade. And don't pop you pimples! This can't be stressed enough. Popping your pimples forced the bacteria deeper into your skin and bloodstream, allowing them to spread, as well as greatly increasing the probability of scarring.

Cosmetic

The wrong cosmetic can clog your pores, irritate your skin, and bring on an acne breakout. Fortunately, there are cosmetics available that are not oily, won't clog your pores, and even sometimes contain acne-fighting ingredients. No matter what, if a product causes skin irritation, stop using it and try a different product.

Choosing Acne and Skin Safe Products

Pay attention while shopping, and read the manufacturer's labels. These will often tell you what skin types the product is for, as well as ingredients and instructions. If you have oily skin, don't buy a moisturizing cleanser, for example. You need something that will help rid your skin of excess oils. People with dry skin, on the other hand, would use that product. If you have normal skin, you can probably use most products without too much trouble. But in all cases, test the products on a small, inconspicuous area overnight first, and check for irritation. If there is any, do not use that product. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer as to what acne product to choose. Everyone's skin is different, and what works for one person may cause you to get a rash (or just not help, more likely). Just try and restrict your choices to an intelligent subset based on your skin type, and you will find one that works for you.

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