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Top 5 Tips on Cleansing for Acne-prone Skin

Top 5 Tips on Cleansing for Acne-prone Skin


Some of us might have similar experience like following scene: you have prepared for an extremely important interview or party and you almost got everything ready—nice haircut, good outfit and perfect skin…wait a second, what’s that on my face? Is that a zit? Are you kidding me? Yes, in fact it’s not “some” of us; instead, most of us had this before. Although these little things are small, they can still make you feel embarrassed and for me, I’m totally afraid of them. I can’t imagine the scene that they finally spoil after lying and wait for a period of time at a big interview, first date or keynote speech. I have to admit that for some lucky guys among us, these are never a problem. While, for the rest of us, I’d say it can seem like a constant fight to keep the battleground of our faces clear from dermatological disaster. So can we win the war against them? Yes, but you need some little tricks and tips. Here I prepared five most helpful tips for you to clean your acne-prone skin.

1.  Wash your face daily is the basic protection.

You may think that acne is simply caused by poor hygiene habits. Somehow, it is one of the biggest myths about the condition. Breakouts begin a little deeper, in our follicles, which are the canals out of which our hair grows. When the male hormone testosterone causes these follicles to generate more oil or sebum compared to the normal level, acne starts to appear. The sebum makes its way to the surface of our skin and in the meanwhile, it also carries cells with it which clump together and clog the pore. At the time that the pore is clogged, a pimple starts to form and bacteria moves in, results in red and inflamed skin problems. Knowing these facts, we can say even though bad hygiene habit is not the root cause of the acne problem, it is still a very good idea to retain a clean face so that you can prevent anything from clogging follicles or accommodating bacteria. If you can, our recommendation is you wash your face twice a day, and try to avoid soaps, which can rob your skin of its protective barrier and sometimes can change your skin chemistry negatively. Ideally, just use a gentle facial wash to clean the skin twice a day.

2.  Never scrub anything on your skin.

It is natural for us to scrub anything on our face until it goes away. However, this action is total wrong, especially for acne-prone skin. The right strategy is to clean it away instead of scrubbing. If you scrub it, your skin will be easily irritated and inflamed at the existing ruptures. Thus, please avoid gritty exfoliant facial washes and also other cleansing tools such as scratchy loofahs or scrubbers. The best thing to do is massage in your facial cleanser with fingertips in lukewarm water. After you finish this, again, don’t scrub it, just rinse, pat and wait—until the skin is dry.

3.  A cleanser containing salicylic acid helps.

Salicylic acid is derived from plants and is one of the most effective anti-acne chemicals in the market. It can go in the follicles where it encourages the shedding of dead and potentially pore-clogging—skin cells. Moreover, it can also shrink blackheads and whiteheads. In most products, the salicylic acid is in low percentage, for example, from 0.5% to 2% such as Neutrogena and Oxy Balance; however, you can find one with more than that in prescription preparations. When you apply such cleansers, you may feel uncomfortable and a little bit irritated for the first several days of use, but don’t worry, this should be settle down in the following days. And you should not expect to see the results in several days—it normally takes up to months until it take effects, so be more patient!

4.  Think about a cleanser with benzoyl peroxide.

Benzoyl peroxide is another chemical that works in similar fashion with salicylic acid, which works by breaking up dead skin cells that can clog pores. Another benefit is the ability to kill the bacteria that help contribute to acne. Benzoyl peroxide is an active ingredient in such acne-fighting preparations as Clearasil and ProActiv. Just like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide also needs four to six weeks to show effects. You can select about 2.5% benzoyl peroxide product from a variety of percentages, but don’t go to too high on the dosage. A possible situation is, both benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are too harsh for your skin, and then you may want to think about using a gentler product like the Cetaphil antibacterial bar, which is very helpful to keep the skin germ-free and clean and without irritation. Or, you can try a 5% solution of tea tree oil, which has antibacterial properties in nature.

5.  Don’t over-dry your skin.

You will notice that most acne preparations have a significant drying effect on your skin. It could be a good thing but over-drying you skin can make things worse—oil production might go into overdrive. In order to avoid this possible situation, you’d better keep your skin with enough moisture. Some oil-free products or those marked with “nonacnegenic” or “noncomedogenic” are your best choices. If you already have the breakout and are doing topical acne medication, you need to make sure the applying of the moisturizer should go after the medicine. Don’t forget to avoid ingredients such as certain alcohols and witch hazel, since they may blast annoying pimples and dry out your skin.


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