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Sunday, 27 July 2008 16:25

How to Care for Acne Skin

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A professional facial treatment is an ideal way to start correcting oily acne skin conditions. Your skin care specialist will perform a thorough skin analysis and
determine the best clinical treatments and products for accelerated healing.

Clean Skin Gently
Your Esthetician will recommend a cleanser with the combination of Glycolic, Salicylic and Totarol for immediate results. You should cleanse your skin once in the morning and once in the evening, as well as after heavy exercise. Wash your face from under the jaw to the hairline and be sure to thoroughly rinse your skin.

Using strong soaps or rough scrub pads is not helpful and can actually make the problem worse. If the skin is excessively oily an astringent toner with Glycolic and Salicylic may be recommended on the oily zones. It is also important to shampoo your hair regularly.

Avoid Frequent Handling of the Skin
Do not squeeze, pinch or pick blemishes as it can lead to the development of scars or dark demarcations and may spread infection.

Shave Carefully
Men who shave and have acne should test both electric and safety razors to see which is more comfortable. When using a safety razor, make sure the blade is sharp and soften your beard thoroughly with recommended cleanser and water before applying shaving cream. Shave gently and only when necessary to reduce the risk of nicking blemishes.

Avoid a Sunburn or Suntan
Many of the medicines used to treat acne can make you more prone to sunburn. A sunburn that reddens the skin or suntan that darkens the skin may make blemishes less visible and make the skin feel drier. However, these benefits are only temporary, and there are known risks of excessive sun exposure, such as more rapid skin aging and a risk of developing skin cancer.

Choose Cosmetics Carefully
While undergoing acne treatment, you may need to change some of the cosmetics you use. All cosmetics, such as foundation, blush, eye shadow, moisturizers, and hair-care products should be oil free. Choose products labeled non-comedogenic (meaning they don't promote the formation of closed pores). In some people, however, even these products may make acne worse. For the first few weeks of treatment, applying foundation evenly may be difficult because the skin may be red or scaly, particularly with the use of topical tretinoin or benzoyl peroxide.