There are an infinite number of anti-acne creams, gels, soaps, etc. on the market – each with their own claims, spokesperson, reported studies, well… blah, blah, blah. It’s all so very weary. What’s an acne sufferer really to do? Below are a few tips on not just how to care for acne but what to do on the lines of make-up while it heals/clears. And know this – there is no magic, miracle treatment that will clear up your skin and leave it smooth and fresh overnight, particularly in the case of severe acne. But starting your skin care regimen off on the right foot and sticking to it is the first step toward looking and feeling better.
Arming Yourself Against Acne
Here are 5 of the best ways to arm yourself in the war against acne:
- Wash your face twice every day – even though true acne has very little to do with hygiene, washing helps keep those pores from clogging up and that is crucial. Clogged pores breed bacteria and bacteria is an acne sufferer’s enemy. However, use gentle soap and not harsh soap that is going to alter the chemistry of your skin.
- Don’t scrub violently – it’s human instinct to scrub away something “bad or unwanted” but you must try to avoid the temptation. Also, avoid scrubbers, scratchy loofahs, and exceedingly gritty or harsh exfoliants. This kind of abuse actually makes things worse by inflaming your facial skin even more. Here are the correct steps to washing your face: with warm water and using your fingertips, massage in the gentle soap; rinse thoroughly and then (rather than rubbing) pat skin until dry. Done.
- Try a soap that has a low percentage of salicylic acid, around .5% to 2%. After a few days of minor irritation, things should begin to settle down and improve. (Seeing a real difference in your complexion could take up to 3 weeks.)
- Try a cleanser with benzoyl peroxide, but keep the level of benzoyl peroxide to about 2.5%. Too much will irritate your skin. Again, this takes time so as with using salicylic acid, patience, patience.
- Do not dry out your skin – and this is why so many of the acne products on the market are falling short. They dry the heck out of your face. Drying out your face kicks the oil producers into overdrive! Do moisturize but use products that are noncomedogenic or nonacnegenic – basically oil-free.
Acne and Makeup Application
Yes, even if you suffer from acne, you can wear make-up. You simply have to do it the right way. Here’s how to get ready, get set, and go make up:
- Prepare your skin – gently, and we do mean gently, exfoliate your skin. Then moisturize with oil-free moisturizers. You now have the proper basis for your make-up.
- If your skin ends up flaky, you can remove those flakes (and not damage your skin) by patting the flaky spot with just a bit of scotch tape. Then apply a dab of moisturizer to that spot, massage it in and let it absorb. Now you are ready for your foundation.
- Remember to lighten up – that is, use a light touch. Loading on the layers of foundation actually makes the appearance of bumps and uneven areas worse by emphasizing them rather than concealing the problem.
- Try color corrector for those problem spots and scars after applying your light foundation.
- If your skin ends up with a slightly dull appearance, use a little brightener or shimmer. You have been very careful to use light, thin layers so it’s okay to put just one more thing on your face to brighten it up a shade.
You can also find out more information about exfoliants and other skin care products. Acne sufferers in particular need to pay special attention to how they care for their skin, and Skintrium offers some of the best products available for gentle, clean, and proper skin care.