The basic essential step in treating acne is to adopt a good skin care plan that will address the underlying factors that cause blemishes. In people with mild acne a good acne skin care plan may be all that is required to keep blemishes under control. Once you have moderate to severe acne medical treatment will also be required.
Acne skin care program.
1. A gentle cleanser to remove oil build up, makeup and dirt from the surface of the skin, preparing it for any active product you put on. This should not be overly drying and should ideally be at a ph approximating that of the skin.
2. An exfoliant to accelerate removal of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin that may clog oil glands and cause blemishes. The best exfoliants to use are Salicylic Acids/ BHAs as these are oil soluble and penetrate the pores and clear the dead compacted cells causing obstruction.
3. Sunscreen- a gel based or non-pore obstructing sunscreen
Acne skin care may includes addition of;
• Non-prescription disinfectants benzoyl peroxide or tea tree oil
• Prescription topical antibiotic creams or retinoids.
The first essential and often overlooked step in acne treatment is to eliminate factors that worsen it. People battle with acne blemishes, often not realising that the skin products they are using may be continually aggravating their acne.
Skin Products that aggravate acne
Creams and oils aggravate acne by blockage of the pores. This includes sunscreens especially those containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. It is best to choose a lotion or gel for sun protection if you are troubled with acne.
Will makeup worsen acne?
Young women with acne sometimes wear heavy makeup in an attempt to disguise the blemishes; however this almost certainly will be worsening the acne. The good news is you can wear makeup if you have acne; however the selection of type becomes very important.
Do not use cream makeup foundations if you have acne
- Mineral makeup is the only acceptable alternative.
- Never ever go to sleep with makeup on.
- Never exercise with makeup on.
Do not use any harsh or irritating skin-care products if you have acne
The temptation with acne is to over clean or scrub the face, because you feel you want to get your face really clean, however this will be making you acne worse.
- Use a gentle cleanser. Over cleaning stimulates oil production and worsens the underlying cause. Using a hydrating face wash gives better results in reducing acne.
- Do not use soaps. They contain products that can block the pore and often have a high ph that disrupts the natural protective layer of the skin, and potentially increase the presence of bacteria inside the pore.
- Do not use products that contain overly abrasive scrub particles or astringents. These can all hurt the skin, cause irritation and stimulate oil production.
Acne is worsened by many products containing irritating substances.
- Do not use products that contain alcohol or witch hazel, both are drying and cause irritation, disrupting the skins protective layer and potentially increasing the risk of bacterial infection.
- Do not use products that contain irritating essential oils menthol, peppermint, and camphor, eucalyptus, lemon or grapefruits oils. These ingredients are extremely irritating and impair the skin’s ability to heal itself and prevent infection.
Are you getting pimples along your hairline? It may be product that you are putting on your hair that is causing it, and you need to go back and check how and what you are using and try something different.
Hair product that can cause breakouts.
• Shampoos or conditioners that contain conditioning agent- proteins, silicones, quaternium, or polyquaternium.
• Shampoos or conditioners that contain thickening agents -such as cetyl alcohol or stearyl alcohol.
Keep these products away from the skin
• Styling products such as hairsprays, gels, and mousses that your get onto your skin can clog pores, so make sure they stay on your hair.
• Styling waxes and pomades contain thickeners, waxes and oils that clog pores.
• Using too much conditioner especially if it meant to be moisturising, try just applying it to the ends of your hair.
What to do if you think your hair product is causing breakouts
• Change your shampoo and conditioner and be sure to keep styling products away from your skin.
Treat these breakouts the same way as you would breakouts anywhere else
• Gentle cleansing,
• Exfoliate with salicylic acid (BHA) product.
• Disinfect with a topical antibiotic.
Acne, enlarged pores, blackheads and white heads are all caused from problems with skin pore function. Men and women both get enlarged and congested pores. It tends to be hereditary with higher occurrence in men.
Enlarged pores are caused by overproduction of oil and skin cells inside the pore. The pores become clogged with accumulated sebum and dead cells, and slowly enlarge. Salicylic Acid is an oil soluble skin treatment that can help exfoliate pores and improve the cosmetic appearance of facial skin.
We sell a salicylic acid gel that cost $42 for 118ml.