Acne Skin Care Tips
How well do you take care of your skin?
Good skin care is a critical part of your acne treatment routine. With a few simple skin care “DOs,” you’ll be well on your way to healthier skin.
Acne Skin Care Regimen
A thorough and consistent skin care routine is the first step in getting your acne under control. A good skin care routine will consist of cleansing, exfoliating, lightly moisturizing, and applying treatment products. A good skin care routine isn’t just for the face; it will help body acne too!
Above all, don’t fall into the habit of over-cleansing your skin. Cleansing too often can strip the skin, and will not help acne to clear any faster. Twice daily cleansing, morning and night, is more than adequate to clear your skin of dirt, makeup, sweat and excess oil.
- Do apply treatment products over entire affected area.
- Most acne treatments work by reducing pore blockages and acne-causing bacteria. Applying them all over the face (or other body area) that is affected by acne will help zap pimples before they appear, clearing the skin much more effectively than spot-treatment only.
- Do let skin dry thoroughly after cleansing, before applying your medications.
- Even the tiniest bit of moisture left on the skin when you apply your anti-acne products can trigger irritation. Ideally, you should wait 20 to 30 minutes after cleansing before applying your topical acne medications.
- It pays to know what you’re putting on your skin.
- Some skin and hair care products block pores, creating comedones and contributing to a form of acne called acne cosmetica.
- Make sure everything you put on your skin, from moisturizers to makeup, is labeled noncomedogenic.
- Noncomedogenic products don’t contain pore-clogging ingredients, and are a must if you are prone to breakouts.
Dr. Lawrence Jaeger of New York is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions and is board certified in dermatology and dermatological surgery.