Acne-prone skin care: tips and tricks
Acne-prone skin is characterized by pimples, whiteheads, blackheads,
redness, inflammation and irritation. Acne-prone skin is also prone to
residual color traces (hyperpigmentation) as blemishes heal which may
take weeks to clear.
When treating acne, remember that acne-prone skin responds well
to daily use of exfoliating AHA- and BHA- based products, along with
anti-irritants, anti-inflammatories and antibacterials to alleviate
excess skin cell buildup, keep pores clear and disinfect.
Best approach to acne-prone skin is to clarify existing lesions
and prevent future breakouts while conditioning and protecting the
skin.When washing your skin, you should use a mild cleanser once in the
morning and once at night. Some people tend to scrub their skin to stop
outbreaks, but scrubbing can make your skin worse.
Remember that it is important that you thoroughly rinse your
skin after washing it. Using an astringent is only recommended when you
have oily skin, and even then the astringent should only be applied to
oily spots. Dermatologists also recommend that you wash your hair
regularly if it is oily, because the oil can get on your forehead and
face, and lead to breakouts.
Tea tree oil, which is derived from the leaves of the Melaleuca
tree, has shown some proficiency in reducing the effects of acne. Like
benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil attacks bacteria and limits oil
production, but without the adverse side effects such as itching,
burning, or peeling.
Some people have also seen success with acupuncture to treat
their acne. Better results are usually seen when coupled with
nutritional and lifestyle changes. Be sure to talk with your medical
provider about treatments you are interested in trying.
For people having acne or very oily skin, a traditional face
mask made of gram flour is very useful. It not only exfoliates dead
cells without harming the skin, it also dries out the excess oil and
relieves the skin of stickiness. In fact, it is good to use natural
cleansers on acne skin and oily skin. Orange peels are one such method
which makes oily skin glow with its essential oils and drying property.
You can prepare it at home by drying out an orange peel and then
grinding it to a fine mix. It is especially good in summers to clean
skin of excessive oil.