This hub is all about the different types of acne and how to effectively get them under control with proper skincare.
What Kind of Acne Do You Have?
Acne appears when the oil gland is inflamed. There are many different types of acne. If your acne is severe (cystic or nodular), go talk to a dermatologist instead. This article is for those with mild to moderate acne. When the acne is very severe, it's best to use prescription strength medication that only a dermatologist can prescribe. If you try to manage severe acne all by yourself, the tendency to scar is very high.
1. Acne Face Wash
In most cases, mild acne can be easily controlled with an acne face wash. The active ingredient in the acne face wash is salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Do you know that the famous Proactiv system uses benzoyl peroxide as their star ingredient? While it might not work for everyone with acne, it is very helpful for a lot of people with mild or even moderate pimples. You should try one out if you have mild to moderate acne. Also, keep in mind that harsh scrubbing is not going to make the acne better. Avoid any harsh soap that is not designed for acne prone skin. Most people with acne prone skin tend to have oily skin, but don't over wash your face. Wash your face twice a day only. Over washing the face strips away your natural oils and the oily skin will produce even more oil to compensate. Use warm water and your acne face wash to gently wash the face twice a day for the best results.
2. Oil Free Light Moisturizer for Acne Prone Skin
Lots of people with acne try to use products to drain their excess oil. Some never put on moisturizer because they believe that it might make the pimples even worse. While certain beauty products will definitely make acne worse, there are some light moisturizers that are designed to moisturize the skin without clogging pores. More specifically, look for light moisturizers that are labeled non-comedogenic. Apply only a very thin layer of this light moisturizer on the face. Again, this is from personal experience. The light moisturizer really helped out my acne prone skin back in the days. And guess what? I didn't get more acne from the moisturizer only my skin became more healthier. But whatever you do, please do not ever put petroleum jelly or Vaseline on your face. Also, never ever try to drain your face of oil with the alcohol containing toners.
3. Oil Control Powder Makeup is Your Friend
Contrary to popular beliefs, some makeup products are really good for acne prone skin. There are several benefits. Cover up redness and pus covered pimples will really decrease your stress level because people will not stare at those pimples. Matte powder makeup is really your friend in the makeup world. It is good at controlling oil production in the skin and keep it matte. Certain liquid foundation is not as friendly to pimples, so try to avoid. But whatever makeup you decide to use, make sure that it is oil free makeup that won't cause more breakouts. Also, at the end of the day, you need to wash off all the makeup on the face. Do not ever let makeup sit on your face overnight, this will cause even more stress on your acne prone skin. Again, this is all from personal experience. I had acne for years and matte powder makeup really saved my self esteem and confidence all without causing more breakouts.
4. Don't Touch Don't Pop
Your hands are not clean and you shouldn't touch your face. This is especially important when you have acne prone skin. Bacteria on the hand will make your pimples even more inflamed and angry. Also, it might be tempting to pop your pimples when they come to a head with the white pus visible. However, it's very bad to pop pimples because you might end up with a scar. Let the pimple heal by itself! You can cover up the redness and white pus with the right makeup if you are very uncomfortable. This is personal experience, popping pimples is satisfactory in the short term. But, a nasty scar will leave a forever dent on the skin.
5. Use Over the Counter Retinoid 0.1% Gel
Usually, the retinoid gel for treating acne is prescribed by the dermatologist. However, there is now the over the counter retinoid 0.1% gel readily available in stores. Retinoid is very effective at treating existing acne and preventing new ones from forming (again from personal experience). You do have to keep in mind that retinoid gel should only be applied to the skin at night before bed. Also, retinoid makes your skin more sensitive to the sun, always wear an acne skin friendly sunscreen to protect your skin during the day.
6. Decrease Your Stress Level
Some studies have shown that stress can make acne worse. Nowadays, we are all faced with lots of stress from everyday life. However, it is important for your health to try to decrease your stress level. When you feel like your stress level is too high, it's important to talk to someone. A therapist is key to help you release some of that stress. Also, talk to loved one will help you calm down as well. Remember, the acne will eventually go away and stay under control with a combination of home therapy and help from the dermatologist.