Acne Tips: Stop Picking Your Acne!

Posted under Acne Causes,Acne Treatments,General Information on Adult Acne by swright on Tuesday 14 September 2010

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How to Get Rid of Acne: Stop Picking Your Skin!

There are few things that exacerbate acne more than picking the acne blemishes and the surrounding skin. It’s a classic catch-22: you pick your acne because it’s uncomfortable, or you believe that popping the pimples will help them heal faster. Then, new blemishes are caused by picking the old ones, leading you to pick at the new blemishes, and so on.

Picking your skin causes new blemishes for a few different reasons. First off, constantly touching your face introduces bacteria, dirt, and debris from your fingertips. Think about it; your hands touch, well, everything! The computer keyboard, greasy foods, dirty faucets, your shoes…the list goes on and on. (Just thinking about it makes me want to wash my hands!)

Secondly, releasing the oil and bacteria from a pimple causes it to travel elsewhere on the face, where it can clog a different pore and cause another blemish. In addition, when one pops a pimple, some of the pus actually travels deeper into the dermis, which can either resurface in the same area or cause a new pimple nearby.

Thirdly, picking at your skin can create a sore, which often looks worse than the actual pimple. Regular blemishes that are left to heal on their own are usually able to be camouflaged with concealer. However, an open sore can ooze, hurt, and bleed, and is redder and more difficult to hide using makeup. In addition, sores appear unhealthier than a basic blemish, which is an extremely common occurrence.

In addition to the blemish-causing effects of picking at acne-prone skin, picking should be avoided due to its ability to create scars. If there’s one thing you want to avoid, it’s acne scars! While acne scars can be diminished with an acne scar treatment, you’ll never be able to fully remove them. This means that even after your skin has cleared up, you’ll still have scars to remind you of your struggle with acne.

So, how do you put this acne tip into practice and break the habit of picking at your skin? Some of these suggestions may sound too simple to work, but they’re tried-and-true solutions that promise to help you achieve clearer, healthier skin.

1) Stop Looking In The Mirror
Sounds silly, right? It’s not! One of the main habits that lead to skin picking is over-obsessing in front of the mirror. Try avoiding staring at your skin in the mirror, reserving mirror time for applying makeup, doing your hair, and other primping needs. Throw out your magnifying mirror, too — these will only lead to imagined imperfections and, of course, picking!

2) Do Something With Your Hands
A lot of skin picking happens during times of idleness, like while one is in class or watching TV. When you’re able, practice a hand-occupying hobby, like Sudoku, knitting, or drawing. These hobbies will keep your hands too busy to pick at your skin, plus they’ll prove to be beneficial in other areas of your life! (For in-class solutions, try wearing jewelry that you can fiddle with until you break the picking habit.)

3) Apply Acne Treatment Products
If your blemishes are covered by a treatment for acne, you’ll be less likely to pick at them. It’s the same concept behind applying a bad-tasting product to your fingernails to keep from biting. If you know picking your blemishes will leave you with a now-wasted acne treatment under your nails, you won’t want to mess with them.

Change Your Diet to Get Rid of Acne

Posted under Acne Causes by swright on Wednesday 1 September 2010

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Acne FAQs: Can Allergies Cause Acne?

We often talk about the hormonal causes of acne, but did you know that immune system responses can also trigger pimples and pustules? You’ve probably noticed that you breakout more easily when you’re sick, due in part to your immune system fighting the illness. Like a virus, food allergies and sensitivities can also cause the immune system to react. This, in turn, means that food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances can help cause acne breakouts.

Allergic reactions (like inflammation, rash, and more severe symptoms) occur when the body is unable to properly digest the food that you’re allergic to. This allows improperly digested food particles to enter into the bloodstream. Because these food particles aren’t broken down into the individual nutrients that your body expects, your brain will tell your immune system that the body has been invaded, just as it would in the case of bacteria or viral infection. This causes the entire body to experience inflammation, which can lead to a slew of other allergy symptoms.

Any food allergy can lead to inflammatory acne, but dairy, lectin, and gluten are the most common culprits. Let’s take a look at these common food allergens, where they’re found, and how they can be avoided.

A dairy product is generally considered to be any food product containing cow’s milk. Occasionally, a dairy product will instead be made with goat’s, sheep’s, or buffalo’s milk, but the dominating raw ingredient of choice is cow’s milk.

Milk allergy, or lactose intolerance, is an extremely common allergy. In fact, many people believe that pasteurized and homogenized cow’s milk is simply indigestible by humans. This is due to the fact that the aforementioned processes destroy the milk’s natural enzymes which allow it to be comfortably digested. (This is supported by the fact that, barring an extreme milk allergy, lactose intolerant people can drink raw cow’s milk with no ill effects.)

Dairy products include everything from pure milk to cheese, yogurt and ice cream. There are a bevy of cow’s milk alternatives on the market, including soy, nut, and hemp milk, as well as cheese, yogurt, ice cream and more made with milk alternatives.

If you have a true milk allergy, or even particularly harsh lactose intolerance, you may want to consider using skin care products formulated without the use of dairy. Many skin care moisturizers, face cleansers, and even acne treatment products contain dairy due to its naturally exfoliating and moisturizing properties.

Lectins are carbohydrate-binding proteins that are present in most plants and animals. They assist their home carrier in many immunological functions, as well as protein synthesis and delivery. However, when ingested by an outside source, lectins wreak havoc on the digestive system by attaching themselves to the walls of the intestines. This can cause intestinal damage, cellular death, compromised villi, leaky gut, and more. In addition, these damages cause the body to redirect important resources to the now-damaged gut, resulting in fewer nutrients that are able to be used by the body for its every day needs.

Although lectins are found in most foods, some foods contain only trace amounts, while others are filled to the brim. Rather than scare yourself out of eating ever again for fear of lectin-induced intestinal damage, try limiting your intake of some of the main offenders, including grains, soy, legumes, and tomatoes. Because lectins are so prevalent, removing them from your diet is literally impossible. However, knowing the highest lectin sources and limiting your overall intake will significantly improve your overall health, as well as your intolerance-related acne.

Found mostly in grains, gluten is the composite of two proteins — gliadin and glutenin. Gluten sensitivity is a very common occurrence, though life-threatening allergy (known as celiac disease) is fairly rare. Sensitivity-induced reaction almost always takes the form of dermatitis, but other symptoms such as gastrointestinal issues are by no means unusual.

Gluten is found in many food products, including everything from bread to candy bars. While true gluten allergy is rare, many people are choosing to give up gluten, claiming improved health, clearer skin, and quality of life. This has led to a boom in gluten-free food products, making it easy to steer clear of the ingredient.

Acne induced by food allergies may be treated with traditional adult acne treatments; however, your condition will only be improved on the surface. In order to truly rid your skin of allergy-related acne, it is necessary to remove the offending foods from your diet, in addition to using acne treatments.

Acne FAQs: Hormonally-Caused Acne

Posted under Acne Causes,Acne Treatments,General Information on Adult Acne by swright on Thursday 5 August 2010
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For the Ladies: Acne, Period.

It’s no secret: most women experience a higher number of acne breakouts during their period, as well as during other times of hormonal imbalance. One of the most common acne FAQs is about hormonally-caused acne. How do you treat hormonal acne breakouts? Can you prevent them from occurring? Which hormones cause the breakout? The questions are endless. Thankfully, there’s a clear answer for every source of befuddlement!

An Overview
There are many hormones which contribute to the formation of acne blemishes. Anabolic steriods, corticosteroids, ACTH, testosterone, and gonadotropins can all have acne-inducing effects. These flare-ups can also be caused or exacerbated by glucocorticosteroids, a hormone that’s increased by higher stress levels. For this basic overview, I’ll stick to the main hormones that lead to a woman’s cyclical acne.

During the menstrual cycle, different hormones experience increase and decrease of production. As a basic overview, the ovaries produce both estrogen (female hormone) and testosterone (male hormone. In the beginning of the menstrual cycle, estrogen levels increase as an egg matures in the ovary. The estrogen has many functions, including masking testosterone in order to allow ovulation to occur. When the egg is released (ovulation), estrogen levels begin to drop. During this time, progesterone, which has qualities of both androgens and estrogen, levels begin to increase in order to prepare the uterine lining for the implantation of a fertilized egg. If the egg is not fertilized and/or implanted, progesterone levels drop, leading to the woman’s period.

The progesterone made during the menstrual cycle is meant to compete with androgens (the main cause of acne). If the progesterone was able to properly control androgen production, the effects of the androgens would never make an appearance in the form of acne. However, some women make too much testosterone (an androgen), making it difficult for the progesterone to win its struggle with your body’s androgens. Other women make too little estrogen, which is essential for masking the body’s testosterone. The most common cause of androgen-related acne, however, is a woman’s natural sensitivity to her body’s normal levels of androgens.

Treatment and Prevention
Hormonal acne can be controlled or prevented by women through birth control and other forms of hormonal supplementation. However, these types of acne treatments do not come without their health risks. In addition, this form of treatment does not always work, and many women cannot use hormonal supplements due health reasons or religious beliefs. If hormonal acne treatment is not an option for you, you can turn to natural acne treatments and topical acne treatment products.

Most adult acne treatments provide great results when used on hormonally-caused acne. If topical treatment doesn’t seem to clear up your monthly acne, it may be wise to up your acne treatment regimen during times of hormonal flare-ups. By adding an acne spot treatment or clarifying night mask, you may be able to get your cyclical breakouts under control without turning to hormone treatment therapy.

Acne Tips: Care for Your Hair

Posted under Acne Causes,Acne Treatments by swright on Monday 12 July 2010

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Acne Tips: Care for Your Hair

Did you know that your hair can exacerbate or even cause acne? Think about it; do you breakout more often when you have bangs? Do you notice a correlation between greasy hair and oily skin? Chances are if you answered ‘yes’ to either (or both) of those questions, your acne is made worse by your hair. Hair-related acne is most common on the face, but it can even occur on the neck, shoulders and back if the hair is long enough.

If you want to know how to get rid of acne caused by your hair, the steps are simple and easy to remember. Taking better care of your hair and being mindful of letting your skin breathe will help clarify the skin, leading to a healthier and more beautiful complexion.

As your first step, be sure to pin back bangs whenever possible. If you have bangs and severe forehead acne, you might want to consider growing your bangs out. Although bangs can sometimes be comforting to hide behind, the products used on the hair can irritate and worsen acne, plus bangs form a barrier between your skin and the environment. This barrier traps oils and bacteria against the skin while making it difficult for the skin to breathe and function properly.

The next step to reducing acne is to stop playing with your hair. We all know that picking at our skin makes acne worse, but when you have hair-caused acne, playing with your hair can be just as harmful as picking your skin! When you run your fingers through your hair, you’re picking up oils, product residue, debris, and more. Then, when your fingers touch your face, all of these unwanted substances end up in your pores. To help “train” yourself to leave your hair alone, pull it back into a simple ponytail for a couple days. (Remember to pin back your bangs if you have them!) After a few days of this, you’ll hopefully lose the desire to mess with your hair.

Lastly, look at your beauty hair products. Shampoos, conditioners and styling products formulated with natural ingredients are less likely to worsen acne. Sodium laureth sulfate and other common hair care ingredients can be harsh and irritating to the skin, especially sensitive skin types such as acne-prone skin. Eliminating these ingredients from your beauty care regimen will help the skin (and hair) regain balance and beauty. Simply read the ingredients lists of your products and replace those containing harsh chemicals with naturally-minded products containing nourishing and gentle botanicals. Also, be sure to wash your hair before you cleanse your face in order to rinse away any remaining shampoo or conditioner residue.

With these easy steps in mind, you’re well on your way to eradicating hair-caused acne. Though it may take a little while to get used to a new hair care regimen, your skin will surely thank you for your efforts!

Acne Tips: Purify Your Makeup Routine

Posted under Acne Causes,General Information on Adult Acne by swright on Tuesday 11 May 2010

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Acne and Makeup

It’s a classic catch-22: wearing makeup causes breakouts, which makes you use more makeup. This cycle can both cause and aggravate acne, which leaves you feeling aggravated. Thankfully, there’s a simple solution. Creating a pure beauty care routine will help prevent acne cosmetica, the fancy name for acne caused by cosmetics. Building a pure cosmetic regimen is actually easier than you think. All it takes is the desire for clear skin and some diligent label-reading.

Acne Cosmetica
Before delving into what makes a makeup product pure, let’s take a look at acne cosmetica. When a makeup product is applied, it doesn’t adhere to the application area to sit for the day. It actually migrates into the low areas (the pores), just like water to a drain. If your makeup cosmetic contains comedogenic ingredients, the formulation can clog the pore, resulting in makeup-caused acne. Acne cosmetica can appear just like traditional acne blemishes, or it can simply look like a fine rash. If you experience either form, be sure to discontinue the use of the offending product immediately.

Most people, especially acne sufferers, believe that all oils are comedogenic. Surprisingly, that is not the case! Many oils, including essential oils, petroleum products, sunflower oil and mineral oil, are non-comedogenic and safe for use on acne-prone skin. On the flip side, lanolin and isopropyl myristate are two common comedogenic ingredients used in beauty makeup products. If you’re unsure about a product’s ingredients, check the label for “oil-free” or “non-comedogenic” markings. These two phrases indicate that the product in question is probably ok to use on acne-prone skin.

Many skin care makeup products add a little shimmer, glimmer or shine to your look. The ingredient that makes this happen is usually mica, a very common mineral often used in mineral makeup formulations. Although natural and gentle, mica features a jagged shape that can cause irritation or pore clogging. If your mica-infused beauty care product is causing issues, trying switching to a shimmer-free formulation, or finding a glimmering product that uses something other than mica to provide you with the glow you desire.

Red Dye
We’ve all been told that red dye is bad for our health, but it can be bad for our skin, too! Most red dyes used in cosmetic products, such as blush, eye shadows and lip products, are actually comedogenic coal derivatives. Don’t like the idea of slathering coal on your face? Try using carmine, a natural and gentle red hue that’s been used since the Aztecs.

When it comes to keeping your skin free of acne blemishes, texture matters! Cream formulations are more likely to contain comedogenic ingredients, which makes them more likely to cause acne. Even if a cream formula is non-comedogenic, the thicker, heavier texture can feel uncomfortable to some acne sufferers. If you’re trying to prevent acne, look for powder or gel formulations.

Acne-Causing Medications

Posted under Acne Causes by swright on Thursday 6 May 2010

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Acne-Causing Medications

Some acne breakouts have surprising causes, such as prescription medications. Even if your medical condition is not acne-related, the medication prescribed to treat the condition may trigger a blemish outbreak. If nothing seems to be helping and you’re at a loss for how to get rid of acne, your prescription medication may be to blame.

If you suspect that your medication is causing you to break out, do not stop taking the medication! Your doctor prescribed the medicine for a reason, and a blemish or two does not justify ceasing your regimen. Take your concerns to your doctor if you’re concerned about your medication causing or exacerbating your acne. He or she may have an alternative drug that won’t leave you looking for the concealer.

When experiencing medication-related breakouts, your normal acne treatment regimen should suffice. However, sufferers of mild to moderate acne may need to amp up their treatments for acne to combat worsening breakouts. Simply using a higher concentration of your active ingredient of choice may provide the results you’re looking for. Or, you can try out new acne-fighting ingredients to see what works best for you.

Here’s a general list of medications that are known to have acne as a side effect. If you are taking one of the listed drugs and experiencing unusual or worsening acne, talk with your doctor or dermatologist to see if there’s a different medication for your condition.

  • Anticonvulsants – taken for epilepsy or other seizure-causing conditions, as well as bipolar disorder
  • Antabuse/Disulfuram – a drug used to enforce sobriety in alcoholics
  • Corticosteroids – used to treat asthma and chronic lung diseases
  • Immuran – an immunosuppressant often used before organ transplant
  • INH/Isoniazid – used to treat tuberculosis (TB)
  • Quinine – used to prevent and treat malaria
  • Thyroid medications – taken to stimulate the thyroid gland

Acne Tips: Stay Clear While Exercising

Posted under Acne Causes,General Information on Adult Acne by swright on Thursday 22 April 2010

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Stay Clear While Exercising

Some say that exercise will help clear out your pores and reduce acne, while others claim that exercise actually exacerbates acne. Talk about conflicting acne tips! The main thing to remember is that exercise is extremely important to your health and always necessary! Don’t let the threat of acne blemishes keep you from getting that heart pumping and staying in shape.

Overall, exercise actually helps in the fight against acne. When you exercise, your internal systems work at full power, which helps acne blemishes to heal and pores to unclog. However, there are many factors at work during exercise that can cause or worsen acne breakouts.

Go Natural
Wearing makeup, greasy skin care creams, sunscreen or even heavy acne treatments during exercise can cause or worsen acne breakouts. While working out, the pores clog easier, and comedogenic formulations will only add to the problem. If you’re exercising outside, such as jogging or doing outdoor yoga, use an oil-free, non-comedogenic sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection of at least SPF 15. This will keep your skin protected from UVA and UVB rays without leading to blemishes.

Dress for Success
Choosing breathable fabrics, such as cotton or hemp, will help keep your body cool and comfortable while simultaneously preventing breakouts. Synthetic fabrics, such as polyester or spandex, lock in heat and moisture, which creates the ideal breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria. Heat and moisture can also irritate sensitive skin, leading to excess redness and discomfort. In addition, friction is not your friend when it comes to acne. Loose, comfortable clothing is always ideal.

Wash Up
After exercising, hit the showers as soon as possible. Use the correct adult acne products on the face and body to remove sweat, dirt and bacteria, returning the skin to a fresh, neutral state. (Plus, who doesn’t want a shower after a work out session, anyway?) If showering immediately is not an option, wipe down acne-prone areas with witch hazel or similarly medicated pads to help keep blemishes at bay. Cleansing pads are travel-friendly and easy to use, making them a favorite on-the-go option.

Adult Acne Treatment During Pregnancy

Posted under Acne Causes,Acne Treatments,General Information on Adult Acne by swright on Thursday 25 March 2010

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Treating Acne While Pregnant

Pregnancy is a beautiful stage of life that produces the most incredible miracles — sweet babies. However, along with the beauty of pregnancy comes some unwanted changes, including increased hair growth, widening feet and adult acne. While these temporary crosses are easy to bear when thinking of your little one within, they are certainly not preferable. Although there’s not much you can do when it comes to unwanted hair or feet that will only fit in flip-flops, many adult acne treatments are safe to use, even when pregnant.

Acne during pregnancy is all hormonal. Even if a woman didn’t experience acne in her teens or before becoming pregnant, she is not immune to the occasional androgen- and estrogen-caused breakouts during her pregnancy! Most pregnant women suffer from blemishes during her first trimester when her hormones are most unruly. After the first trimester, many of these women will see a natural decrease in their acne. Unfortunately, a few women will continue experiencing acne throughout her pregnancy and even into the few weeks following the delivery of her baby.

One of the easiest ways to treat acne during pregnancy is to follow the dietary recommendations of your OB or midwife. Most diets recommended for pregnancy are full of anti-acne antioxidants and nutrients that help keep your skin healthy, radiant and clear. While deviating from your healthy diet to indulge in some ice cream (pickle optional) won’t cause your skin to erupt in inflamed red bumps, sticking to healthier options most of the time is generally the best way to go for you, your baby and your skin.

As for topical acne treatments, most are safe for use during pregnancy. There are, however, some that should be avoided during those 40 weeks. They include:

  • Beta hydroxy acids (BHAs)
  • Differin (adapelene)
  • Oral forms of Accutane
  • Retin-A, Renova (tretinoin)
  • Retinoic acid
  • Retinol
  • Retinyl linoleate
  • Retinyl palmitate
  • Salicylic acid
  • Tazorac and avage (Tazarotene)
  • Tretinoin

It is also important to steer clear of any leave-on acne spot treatments, masks, peels, lotions, gels or creams. Any acne products you use should be able to be rinsed off soon after application without neutralizing its benefits. Remember, if in doubt, always consult your OB or midwife for advice regarding your acne treatment products.

As a rule of thumb, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are safe to use during pregnancy. Some common AHAs used in pregnancy-safe acne products include glycolic acid and lactic acid. Lactic acid is especially beneficial for use on extra-sensitive skin as it won’t cause or exacerbate irritation. Check out Belli Skin Care’s Acne Clearing Facial Wash for a pregnancy-specific acne treatment that features a fresh lemon scent that won’t upset sensitive tummies.

Acne Tips: Reduce Stress

Posted under Acne Causes,Acne Treatments by swright on Thursday 4 February 2010

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Relax Your Way to Clearer Skin

Studies prove that stress levels have a direct effect on acne, particularly teen acne. One study showed that teens experiencing high levels of stress were 23% more likely to experience an inflammatory acne breakout, something no one wants to deal with when they’re already stressed. But, why does stress make acne worse? Read on to learn why breakouts are more likely to occur when you’re stressed and which acne tips will help you restore clarity to your complexion.

Stress aggravates acne in two ways. First, it stimulates the production of hormones, one of the main causes of acne. Secondly, it slows the healing process, causing acne to last longer. The combination of these two actions lead to a blemished complexion, which can then cause self-esteem issues and even more stress, leading to a seemingly inescapable cycle of stress and acne.

So, what can you do to banish your stress-related breakouts? The answer is obvious: reduce stress. Unfortunately, reducing stress isn’t as simple as realizing that it needs to be done. Luckily for stressed acne sufferers, there are a few things you can do that work as a treatment for acne and a treatment for stress.

  1. Get a facial. Facials make a great adult acne treatment and are thoroughly relaxing as well. A facial begins a gentle face cleansing and exfoliation to remove any makeup, dirt, debris and excess oils from the surface of the skin. Then, your esthetician will look at your skin under a bright light to reveal any problem areas. He or she will then extract blackheads or whiteheads if your skin is in need of such a procedure and you are comfortable with it being done. (Sometimes extractions can be too painful or uncomfortable for those with sensitive skin.) Finally, your esthetician will perform a soothing face massage and apply a skin care mask, allowing you to bask in relaxation while the mask rejuvenates the skin.
  2. Use an at-home face mask. When facials are too expensive or time-consuming, a perfect alternative is to use an acne treatment mask formulated for home use. These masks are easy to apply and provide fantastic results for a fraction of the cost of an in-office facial. While your mask is working to clarify the skin, you can soak in the tub, read a magazine or do whatever helps you to unwind and regain a calm sense of self.
  3. Get a massage. While a massage may not seem like a way to get rid of acne, it can be! Massages release built-up toxins in the body and help to expel them, resulting in a healthier body and, therefore, healthier skin. Plus, it is well-known that massages are one of the best way to release stress. If a professional massage isn’t in your budget, trade massages with a friend or that special someone.

Acne Tips: Exfoliate

Posted under Acne Causes,Acne Treatments,General Information on Adult Acne by swright on Wednesday 3 February 2010

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Let’s Get Scrubbing!

Exfoliating the skin is an important step in every skin care regimen. The main purpose of exfoliation is remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells in order to achieve a healthier look and feel. Exfoliation also works to smooth and soften the skin, reduce visible signs of aging, restore radiance, and heal and prevent acne blemishes. Using chemical or physical exfoliating acne products will help unclog pores and remove impurities, leading to a clearer complexion.

Choosing the right exfoliation product is as easy as identifying your skin type. You may also want to choose a product based on active ingredients, depending on personal preferences and sensitivity levels. Some exfoliants are specially formulated to act as acne treatment products, making them a great choice for those who experience regular breakouts. Chemical exfoliants use gentle, safe acids (usually plant-derived acids) to exfoliate the skin without scrubbing. Physical exfoliants use beads, generally made from silicone or organic ingredients, to scrub away dead skin cells and debris. Both methods are safe and effective.

Exfoliating ingredients are found in many product types, including cleansers, lotions and masks. It is possible to over-exfoliate the skin, so you don’t want to build your regimen using only exfoliating products. Gentler exfoliants may be used every day; however harsher formulations, such as aggressive physical scrubs, should only be used once or twice per week as needed.

Oily Skin with Acne
When exfoliating oily skin, it is important to choose a formulation that will absorb excess oils and impurities. Chemical exfoliants that use glycolic acid work well on oily skin, as do exfoliants containing kaolin or bentonite clay. The latter ingredients are found mostly in acne treatment masks, such as the Clarifying Clay Masque by SkinCeuticals.

Dry Skin with Acne
Dry skin often needs the most exfoliation as it is more likely to develop a rough, flaky appearance. Using a creamy exfoliating cleanser will help restore moisture to dry and dehydrated skin while removing the dead skin cells that cause a dry appearance. Those with dry skin should not use formulations containing purifying clays, unless the formulation is specifically developed for dry skin.

Sensitive Skin with Acne
Those with sensitive skin need to take special care when exfoliating. Sensitive skin generally does best when exfoliated with a chemical formulation, although there are some physical exfoliant products that are safe for sensitive skin. It is best to avoid overly stripping formulations, such as those often used for oily skin, as they can aggravate sensitive skin. If your skin is too oily for a heavy, creamy exfoliant, look for a good “middle ground” product that will soothe the complexion without causing it to feel greasy or uncomfortable.

Mature Skin with Acne
Acne-prone mature skin is often difficult to treat, as many treatments for acne do not target visible signs of aging. However, there are products out there, such as MD Skincare’s Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel, that will help clear acne while restoring a youthful appearance to the complexion.

Normal or Combination Skin with Acne
Normal and combination skin types are able to pick and choose whatever exfoliating adult acne treatment they prefer. Most normal skin types prefer creamier or more hydrating products, such as those used by dry skin types, while most combination skin types choose absorbent products to create a “squeaky clean” feeling.

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