First of all, it is important to know what acne is and what causes it. Acne is a chronic disease that affects millions of teenagers and adults around the world. It occurs when sebum, an oil secreted by the oil glands, dead skin cells and other debris clump together into a plug and clog pores. This will attract bacteria that will cause inflammations or pimples.
Cleansing should be the first step to a healthy skin care regimen, usually morning and night. People with acne should opt for a gentle cleanser containing salicylic acid that helps dry up acne. Avoid soaps; they have a higher pH level than your skin. This can cause your skin to over dry which will send your oil glands in overdrive. Definitely not what you want to happen.
If you suffer with acne, you will want to avoid exfoliation. Just a little scrubbing can irritate your skin and drive those oil glands berserk! Instead, use gentle circular motions to massage in your mild cleanser. When you are finished, rinse, and then pat. Never rub! Rubbing can irritate your skin and encourage oil production.
Choosing a moisturizer can be tricky if you have acne. The last thing you want is to clog pores and make things worse than they already are. First, you need to choose a moisturizer suitable for your skin type. You might want to go with a product made with natural ingredients such as minerals, fruit and plant extracts and vitamins. On the other hand, you may want a product made of synthetic materials. Whichever you prefer, you should make sure it is filled with antioxidants and other skin-repairing essential ingredients. Without these, your skin will be very susceptible to sun damage and red blemishes from acne breakouts.
A clay mask might be a great addition to your facial care routine. It is important however, to read labels to make sure it contains ingredients that will help get rid of acne. A mask for acne-prone skin should contain ingredients that have antimicrobial and antibacterial effects to keep blemishes away. Go for the one that has the ability to absorb and remove toxins and debris that clog pores and cause acne.
Proper facial care is crucial in controlling your acne. Although there is NO cure for acne, it is treatable. Staying committed to your skin care regimen will help keep it under control. This good habit will also keep your skin looking young and healthy. Isn’t that what we all want?