We all need to follow a skincare regime that can keep or skin looking and feeling its best. But those of us who suffer from acne must be especially vigilant about the methods and products we use. Acne-prone skin is very sensitive to the dyes, perfumes, and chemicals that are in many beauty products. If you have mild to moderate acne, here are the tips and techniques that can help improve the look and condition of your skin.
You have probably heard of dry skin, oily skin, and combination skin. If you have acne, you may have decided that your skin type is either oily or combination. But actually, it’s neither of these. Acne-prone skin falls into a completely different category: problem skin.
If you are prone to developing acne, you should look for skincare products that are made to deal with acne. Don’t use any beauty products that have added dyes and perfumes, as these ingredients can seriously aggravate your blemishes. Use a natural product like Oxy-Skin for your facial needs.
There are a number of vitamins and minerals that can be used to improve the look and condition of your skin. The mineral zinc, and vitamins A, C, and E, and B-complex vitamins like vitamin B6 are often used to support acne treatment, as these vitamins are very important for the health of your skin. Eating foods that are rich in sulfur may also be helpful as sulfur helps to cure acne. Garlic and onions both contain a good supply of sulfur. Your health care provider may also recommend that you avoid eating sugar, fried foods, or foods that have a high-fat content. Also, eliminate any sugar-based carbonated beverages.
Acne-prone skin needs special care. Here are the dos and don’ts of caring for skin with acne:
Gently wash your skin with warm water and a mild natural facial cleanser. Washing your skin twice a day will help to remove debris and pollutants that could block pores.
Overwash your skin. Excessive scrubbing will aggravate acne and more causes blemishes to open up and spread.
Pick your skin. Never pick, squeeze or abrade your acne blemishes. Squeezing a pimple or other blemish can cause permanent scarring. And breaking the scar can allow a secondary bacterial infection to take hold.
Smoke. Cigarette smoke is a toxin that is destructive to the organs both inside and outside the body.
Use skin toners. Skin toners provide extra cleansing to the skin, but they are made of very drying ingredients such as alcohol and acetone that could be damaging to the skin.
Expose your skin to the sun. Many people think that sunlight will improve acne. And while it’s true that some sun exposure may help dry up surface acne blemishes, prolonged sun exposure can damage skin and make acne worse in the long run.
No matter how well you care for your acne-prone skin, there will still be times when stress, climate changes, or pollution cause you to breakout with unsightly blemishes. When this happens, you can reduce the appearance by concealing the irritated skin with makeup. However, special care is necessary when choosing cover-up products and techniques to avoid calling more attention to the area. Here’s the best way to conceal acne:
Wash and moisturize your face with a gentle facial cleanser. Start with a clean and fresh slate before applying any cosmetic products.
Look for a natural cover-up product that has a high level of pigment. The more pigment the product has, the less of it you can put on while still getting good coverage. And do a swatch test with the product to ensure that it matches your skin tone exactly. Take a drop of the product and rub it on your skin. It should match your skin tone but you should not be able to see your skin underneath. This will provide the right amount of coverage to conceal a blemish.
Apply concealer in natural light. It is very important for your concealer to blend seamlessly with your face.