Skin care For Acne Prone Skin

Skin Care For Acne Prone Skin At A Glance

  • Best Results4 to 12 weeks
  • Treatment RecoveryNA
  • Procedure TimeNA
  • Skin SpecialistYou, at home
  • Duration of ResultsLong lasting
  • AnaestheticNA
  • Back to WorkImmediately
  • Cost$

Skin care For Acne Prone Skin

A simple but effective daily skin care regime is important for everyone, but especially so for those who have acne. Using correct products for your skin type can make a huge impact on control of your acne. Getting the balance is important- too much scrubbing and over cleaning can strip your skin of protective oils and cause skin irritation.

FactsAcne Skin Care Tips

  • A simple but precise skin care routine can help fight acne
  • Acne treatments take 4 weeks or longer to work
  • Understand your skin’s sensitivity before buying a heap of products
  • Start with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide washes
  • Add retinol a few nights a week
  • Moisturise more if you have skin irritation
  • Consider Niacinamide if you have sensitive skin
  • Add Ascorbic Acid if you have resistant skin
  • Never dismiss the efficacy of the acne diet

What type of cleanser should I use?

First of all avoid soap or acne washes which contain beads (such as exfoliants or scrubs). Soaps, scrubs and exfoliants are too harsh for acne prone skin. Dermatologists recommend a non-abrasive cleanser that does not contain alcohol.

A good cleanser contains salicylic acid. This is a beta hydroxy acid, & can reduce blackheads & white heads. Use once a day to start with as it can be irritating.

Another option is to wash with BPO or benzoyl peroxide. This should not be used with salicylic acid washes as skin irritation can ensure.

How often should I cleanse?

Take note of the saying ‘wash your face twice a day helps keeps the blemishes away.’ Do not cleanse more than twice a day, as too frequent cleansing can strip the protective oily layer from the skin’s surface. If you are using actives like BPO & salicylic acid, start once a day. The other cleaning session is with a bland cleanser.

What water temperature should I use to clean my skin?

Use lukewarm water to rinse your skin, hot water can damage your skin and dry it out. Thoroughly rise away any cleansers.

What skin care ingredients should I look for?

Retinol: Start off with a good 0.5 % formulation. Use 3 nights a week, & increase as tolerated. Increase to 1.0%. If you live in the U.S (or for super-resourceful Aussies), Differin or Adapelene can be bought online.

Niacinamide: is a vitamin B2 ingredient. This is an anti-inflammatory. Useful for inflamed zits & pustules. This can be used 30 minutes before or after retinoids – retinol.

Ascorbic acid should be used with caution, as this can be irritating. Use in the am, as it is also an anti-oxidant. Probably not a good first choice if your skin barrier is compromised due to active acne. Vitamin C can repair collagen & decrease spots from acne.

Acne spot treatments: are useful for outbreaks. These contain salicylic acid, or are hydrocolloid dressings.

For an in-depth treatment guide, goto 101.skin or browse the skin care section of this website.

Why is it important to moisturise?

Using the correct moisturiser is important to the health of your skin.

Moisturisers protect the surface of your skin and help prevent water loss and excessive oil production. Moisturisers also ‘rehydrate’ your skin and can reduce the irritation from acne creams.

What types of moisturiser should I use?

Many moisturisers can worsen acne, so choose carefully. Products labelled as Oil Free or Non-Comedogenic have been certified not to clog pores and worsen acne. Oil free products won’t leave a heavy greasy feeling on your skin. If in doubt read the label of your moisturiser- aim to get a moisturiser labelled as ‘oil free, non-comedogenic.’  If you feel that a cream is still too heavy- aim for a moisturising lotion. Lotions are lighter than creams.

Davin’s Viewpoint On DIY Acne Skin Care

Most cases of acne can be treated at home with a helping hand. Start off with the basics– salicylic acid wash, a good moisturiser & a retinoid. Do not overcomplicate things. A basic starters guide is as follows-

  • Take baseline photos, this will give you an objective viewpoint on how your treatment is going
  • Start on the acne diet- eat healthy, consume less sugar & milk.
  • Wash your face in the am with salicylic acid 2%.
  • Use a good moisturiser if dry.
  • Apply a retinoid (Differin) or a good formulation retinol
  • Moisturise as required.
  • Take another photo is 4 weeks, then in 8 weeks & compare with baseline.

The main point to understand is that the above will work for 70 to 80% of patients, if you have sensitive skin/eczema/ Seb derm/ rosacea, it can get complex as topicals may cause irritation. If you do not improve, consult a medical dermatologist.

Disclaimer: I am a procedural dermatologist, my work is surgical, laser, deep deep peels & injectables. I do not consult medically. My colleagues @cliniccutis can assist if you have acne.

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