People having acne prone skin need to exercise extra precautions while using any
product on the skin. Acne prone facial skin is more sensitive than normal skin, hence
use of any product that cause irritation (allergy) can only make it more difficult
to treat your acne infection.
You will first have to understand the nature of your skin, e.g. if it is dry type
or oily type. Once you find a product that does not cause allergic reaction, then
it would be prudent to stick to that brand. Empower yourself with as much knowledge
on acne treatment as possible. Not only will this save you the embarrassment of acne
complications, but you will also be able to tackle the infection effectively. Let
us take one application at a time when you are dealing with care for acne prone skin.
Preparing Your Skin Before Using a Product
Begin with a mild cleansing face wash. Foam type cleansers will work trouble free
because it is easily pliable. Wet the skin with warm water. Spread the foam cleanser
over the face (take care of areas around the eyes) taking care not to apply pressure.
Splash warm water when you want to wash away the cleanser. Dab dry using soft towel.
Avoid a foam product that has strong fragrance; it may cause irritation.
Toning Acne Prone Skin
Use water based toner. Take a small amount on a cotton swab; apply by dabbing all
over the skin. Toner helps in removing oily layer thus opening the pores for active
ingredient(s) in medication to work against bacteria that cause the acne condition.
This part involves actual treatment of acne condition. You may be using home remedy
or a medicated product recommended by your dermatologist. The active ingredient(s)
in the product kills acne causing bacteria. Allow this part to dry properly. If any
other treatment is carried out before drying, the ingredient in that product, e.g.
moisturizer may interfere with the therapeutic action of this medication. As usual,
apply the medicated product (cream, lotion or swab, etc) gently.
Keeping the Acne Skin Hydrated
Here, moisturizer is used. Remember not to use oil based product. In previous treatment,
the medicated product was allowed to dry. Mosturizer compensates for that dryness
thus preventing formation of acne scar.
If you are going out of doors, you may want to apply make up to hide acne scars and
acne spots. An important precaution is to use fresh swab or dabs every time you apply
a makeup; use of brush is not advised. Use only reputed make up kits.
The makeup should preferably be removed when you are at home to allow as much time
for medication to work freely as possible. Remove make up in the same gentle way
as washing before applying the toner. You may apply moisturizer before going to bed.
Besides acne medication and accompanying skin care, you should change your dietary
habit to include foods that contains as less oil or fat content as possible as they
promote acne formation and acne spreading. Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily;
this will not only help keep the acne skin hydrated but will also help faster elimination
of toxins ( that are harmful from acne point of view) from the body. Make sure you
get all essential nutrients required by your body for effective repairs. If necessary,
you may include food supplements in your diet.
You need to ensure that you get fast relief from acne without any complication; care
for acne prone skin should be a conscious daily effort.
Care for acne prone skin