Acne Skin Care

For those suffering from acne, there are several skin care steps to take to alleviate outbreaks and prevent future outbreaks. Washing the face or outbreak areas twice a day is vitally important. The way the face is washed and the products used are also important.

Wash GENTLY at least twice a day and after any strenuous exercise that causing perspiration. Do not SCRUB the face or skin. This can cause more harm than good and can even inflame pimples. Use a very mild soap like Neutrogena. Do not use anything that makes the skin feel overly dry. It is not necessary to use an astringent, but if used, only use it where skin is very oily. At a visit a dermatologist, he or she should be able to recommend the best soap for particular acne symptoms.

Do not excessively handle skin. Hands have bacteria on them and can cause the acne to get worse. In other words, DO NOT pick at pimples! It is very hard not to do, yet it is very good advice. Only a doctor, with special instruments can effectively “pick” at pimples in a way not causing more inflammation and excessive scarring.

Use a special sunscreen that is at least spf15 and is non-comedogenic, non-oily, which means it does not clog pores. A good sunscreen for acne sufferers is Neutrogena SPF 45 Sunblock with Parsol 1789. Always try to avoid tanning and sunburn because both could cause acne scars to become more noticeable.

Shaving with acne can be tricky. It may be wise to invest in a good electric razor. Alternatively, when using a safety razor, make sure to use a good shaving cream that softens the hair follicles and skin. Try not to nick the acne pimples.

If using base makeup, try to find a base that is oil free (and again) non-comedogenic. There are acne cover-ups that are available that also have acne medication. A favorite is Clinique's acne cover-up. It can cover up even the worst outbreaks.

Taking these few extra steps in acne skin care. It can make a world of difference in flare-ups.

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Interesting Fact:

Some base make-ups contain non-comedogenic and medicated compounds.

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