How to choose the Best Skin Care Program to Control Acne?



The best skin care program to control acne should be the one that suits your skin type, preferably it should have active ingredients like Salicylic Acid and Benzyl Peroxide; these active ingredients should be of the right amount of concentration to be potent enough and yet will not hurt your skin.



If you are looking for the best skin care program to control acne or to keep it from being noticeable, you will definitely be overwhelmed by the amount of information and products that offer huge and sometimes too-good-to-be-true claims.


This should be good for you in your attempts to get rid of acne and blemishes forever, but leads to the question: How to choose one that works?


Here’s how:


(1)       Pick one that suits your skin


The type of product you need must be the one that best suits your skin type. Is your skin dry, oily, sensitive? Different skin types have their own formulas that have been specially developed to work with that skin type accordingly.


If your skin is very oily, the obvious choices will be astringents, pads, foaming cleansers, gels and lotions. If your skin tends to be normal to dry, non-foaming cream cleansers, alcohol-free toners, lotions, creams and (possibly) ointments are good choices.


People who have sensitive skin should use a product that is listed as mild so that it has fewer chemicals that can be harsh on your skin.


But in reality, most of us don’t fall into the extreme category of being very dry or very oily skin. Therefore, it is no harm that you use a combination of products, provided your skin can handle it.


If you are not sure how the product will affect your skin or if your skin is allergic to it, you can test the product first by applying a small amount on your hand.


(2)       Get a good moisturizer that suits your skin type


Everyone’s skin requires specific amounts of moisture to be certain it retains elasticity and softness. Many acne skin care systems focus solely on reducing oil on the face.


The problem is after all the natural oil is removed, your skin will be very dry and this can cause wrinkles to appear. Your skin therefore needs some moisture, even if you have acne.


If you have oily skin, you should use an oil-free moisturizer. If your skin is very dry, you may need a heavier moisturizer, such as a hydrating cream, which will penetrate the epidermis to relieve dryness.


No matter what type of moisturizers you need, ensure your products are always water-based, oil-free and non-comedogenic, so they won’t clog the pores more.


(3)       Check for active ingredients


The most effective acne treatment products will contain either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Both these active ingredients are widely used in acne products.


Benzoyl peroxide products can work well for mild to moderate acne. Salicylic acid is useful for treating very mild breakouts and blackheads. When used together, these ingredients deliver an effective way in clearing your skin pores and killing bacteria that live on them – which is essential to reduce and to prevent acne from recurring.


Other helpful additions to watch for are sulfur, resorcinol, alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic acid and tea tree oil.


(4)       Choose the right concentration of active ingredients that suit your skin


The active ingredients in acne treatments come in different concentrations.


Salicylic acid comes in concentrations from 0.5% to 2%. The most effective products will contain 2% salicylic acid. Lower concentrations are good for those whose skin can easily get irritated, but won’t be as effective.


Benzoyl peroxide comes in concentrations from 2.5% up to 10%. Here higher concentration isn’t always better. A 2.5% benzoyl peroxide can be just as effective as a 10%, but with less side effects.


(5)       Get expert advice


If you aren’t seeing results after three or four months, you should seek expert advice from a doctor or a dermatologist. A dermatologist will be in a good position to ascertain your skin type and conduct a skin test for allergies. Based on the information, he/she will be able to choose the products and treatments that form the best skin care program to control acne.


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