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Acne-prone skincare is essential for those suffering with spots, congested pores and sometimes even cysts. It usually affects younger people who are going through puberty when the oil glands are stimulated with hormones, but it is also quite common in some young people in their twenties. It mainly affects the face but can also affect the chest and back areas.
Acne-prone skin can be vastly improved with the right skincare routine.
How to Care for Acne-prone Skin
The best way to care for acne-prone skin is a good life-style such as getting enough sleep, eating a good diet, drinking plenty of water and most importantly – a strict skincare routine.
Skincare for acne-prone skin is different to regular skincare and should be followed at all times to ensure the best results.
It is important to keep your face clean by cleansing twice daily using a mild cleansing bar or liquid. Sometimes you may need to use an antibacterial cleanser such as benzoyl peroxide. This kills bacteria by causing the skin to dry out and peel. You can buy this product over the counter. It is always advised to consult your doctor or pharmacist to work out which product is best for you.
Topix Benzoyl Peroxide Wash. Click on image for details.
PanOxyl-8 Acne Creamy Wash contains 8% benzoyl peroxide. This wash quickly penetrates skin pores, killing the bacteria and reducing the inflammation that causes acne. It treats existing blemishes and prevents the formation of new blemishes. Click on image for details.
After cleansing use a gentle toner or antibacterial pads to wipe away excess oil and make-up. If your skin is particularly dry choose an alcohol-free toner.
You can also use face masks which contain sulfur and other ingredients which are good for drawing out oil as part of your skincare routine.
AcneFree Sulfur Mask by Therapeutic will absorb excess oil and clear the pores. Click on image for details.
Moisturizers for Acne-prone Skin
The main problem with finding a suitable moisturizer is that skin prone to acne is usually oily and you can be tempted to skip this part of your skincare routine. The problem with this is that if you don’t moisturize your skin it can dry out and worsen your condition. On the other hand if you use a heavy moisturizer your skin can feel overloaded and greasy and this too can also cause problems.
The best moisturizer for acne-prone skin is usually a water-based one that is formulated for oily or acne-prone skin. Cream formulations contain more oils and are meant for dryer skin.
Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture is a great oil-free alternative. Click on image for details.
When buying a moisturizer try to get into the habit of checking the ingredients and learn to avoid any which are known to you to trigger breakouts. Use only a small amount if your skin is very oily and for sensitive acne-prone skin use a glycerin base. Glycerin is what is known as a humectant which means that it takes moisture from the atmosphere to keep the skin balanced.
Jojoba oil is a good choice too. It comes from the seeds of the jojoba tree and some people believe it actually mimics oils found in human skin and by using it you can fool the skin into thinking it has produced enough sebum to sufficiently moisturize, therefore keeping oil levels at bay.
Always make sure you moisturize your skin especially after using acne treatments such as benzoyl peroxide creams, tea tree oil or Retinol to ensure you restore the skin’s natural balance.
Make-up for Acne-prone Skin
The best type of make-up for acne-prone skin is water-based foundation and mineral face powder. It is a little more difficult to apply make-up to acne-prone skin because it is oily and more sensitive to cosmetics which can cause flare-ups if you’re not careful about what you use. This make-up is a little more expensive than regular kinds but is usually the best solution as it covers blemishes better and won’t worsen your condition.
The Body Shop Oil-Free Foundation with SPF 15 will give you a luxuriously smooth, matte, shine-free and healthy-looking finish. Click on image for details.
This mineral foundation by Bare Escentuals will give your skin a silky texture and a flawless look. Click on image for details.
Most cosmetic stores and some brands specialize in acne make-up but you can take a few simple steps to make sure you get the best results:
- Make sure your skin is thoroughly clean before make-up application and you have allowed enough time for any ointments to be absorbed into the skin properly;
- use a primer before applying your foundation as this increases the smoothness of the skin’s surface and allows the foundation to sit nicely and
Philosophy Supernatural Poreless/Flawless Tinted Primer for sheer supernatural look. Click on image for details.
- use a medicated concealer on blemishes by applying the concealer with your ring finger, patting gently and not dragging the skin.
This blemish concealer by Maybelline contains aloe, vitamin E, chamomile to sooth your skin. It also contains 2% salicylic acid to treat your acne. Click on image for details.
It is more difficult to maintain acne-prone skin but with a good routine it is possible to keep acne at bay and give the skin a healthy appearance.
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