THE ACNE LIFE
Acne is a chronic condition. You can’t get rid of it completely, but acne can easily be controlled with good skin habits and the right products. It’s not only about cleansing. Controlling oily skin and breakouts requires consistent therapies. It is vital to follow a comprehensive treatment program that can treat acne in all ways. Cleansing is only one part of the total package, but it’s an important part.
Cleanse AM and PM – but not more than that unless you have had a workout and need to get rid of perspiration.
Start with a small amount of mild cleanser, working it into a lather in your hands. Look for cleansers that do not contain Sodium Laurel or Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), that can strip skin and make acne even worse. Think gentle.
Massage cleanser on the surface of your skin in a circular motion with your hands. Avoid using wash cloths that can irritate your skin and increase redness.
Scrubbing and overly zealous exfoliating can increase inflammation. Avoid loofahs, aggressive microparticle scrubs, abrasive cleansing cloths and anything that might be too harsh.
Rinse well with warm water to remove all residue of the cleanser. Use only a clean soft towel to gently pat your skin dry. Don’t just pick up any old towel that may already have bacteria on it.
NEVER EVER go to bed without cleansing your skin completely to avoid letting bacteria congregate and clogged pores.
Follow thorough cleansing with your full acne treatment regimen that should contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic or glycolic acid and/or a retinoid, and an SPF 15+ for daytime.
Spot treating alone for acne does not really work. You can use spot treatments on individual lesions, but you have to treat your entire face or at least all the areas where you tend to break out that have the largest accumulation of oil glands (forehead, chin, cheeks, around the nose). All these areas of skin have to be treated daily to prevent new acne lesions for popping up. Avoid using any moisturizers, especially heavy, creamy or oily types, on areas where you break out most. You may need an occasional light, non comedogenic moisturizing lotion or gel for dry skin areas or when you overdo your acne treatments.
BEST CLEANSERS FOR ACNE PRONE SKIN:
- MURAD CLARIFYING CLEANSER – Cuts down on surface bacteria that causes blemishes, if you don’t feel clean without a toner, get the MURAD CLARIFYING TONER too.
- DDF BLEMISH FOAM CLEANSER – Non-drying, foamy blue formula
- NEUTROGENA OIL FREE ACNE WASH – Staple for teens, really deep cleanses
- CLINIQUE ACNE SOLUTIONS CLEANSING FOAM – Mild formula for daily use, doesn’t dry out your skin or cause redness, also part of a system
- CLEAN & CLEAR CONTINUOUS CONTROL ACNE CLEANSER – Best for younger skin, super oily to keep zits away
Give your cleanser time to work and your skin time to get used to it. If you find an acne cleanser that really works for you, stick with it. Don’t keep switching around. Constantly changing your skin care may cause intermittent flare ups too. You’ve got to be clean to be clear!