There is a lot of skin care products used for treating acne. It is not necessary to use all of these products in your skin. As what they say, too much of everything is not exactly healthy. So, what do you use on your skin? It is important to evaluate your skin first before anything else. Here are some types of acne products and its suitability for a skin type.
- Cleansers. It is said that using a bar soap on your skin is not advisable. It may not be applicable to everybody but if you have acne, it is better to use a facial wash. Cleansers are used to remove dirt, dead skin cells, excessive oil, and make up. Read the labels before buying them. There are cleansers made especially for oily skin and there are products that are made for dry skin.
- Exfoliants. Another skin care product that is effective in removing dead skin cells that clog pores is an exfoliant. The word’s origin literally means to strip off. If you go to spas or skin clinics, exfoliation is one of the most famous procedures that’s done. Over the counter products are usually low concentrated compared to medications given by dermatologists. But it is better to start with a low dosage than to jump on the strong ones.
- Toners. Toners are also used to clear the skin from pollutants but most importantly it shrinks pores that prevent clogging. There are types of toners made according to your skin type and case of acne. Skin fresheners or bracers are recommended for mild acne since they are the most gentle. Tonics are advisable for oily skin. It has a small amount of alcohol as compared to fresheners that are alcohol-free and sometimes have a very small quantity of alcohol. Astringent is the strongest of all toners. It has the greatest amount of alcohol that causes drying and sometimes antiseptics to battle bacteria.
- Moisturizers. Increasing or maintaining the skin’s hydration does not only help in fighting skin diseases but it also makes it look healthy, soft, and glowing. For acne-prone skin, moisturizers can be used after using other skin care products that causes too much drying. It soothes stinging especially if the skin is peeling. For dry skin, using moisturizers can help in cracking or flaking.
Trial and error is unavoidable in determining which skin care products suits you. It takes up your time, effort and money. Patience is a must since acne can’t be cured overnight.