Here is my recommended acne care regime:
Hi everyone, I'm new here
And I wanted to jump rightin and ask for help hehe
I'm looking for skin care advice. I have normal to slightly oily skin, occasional breakouts, and I am prone to blackheads. I have some larger pores around my nose, too. So I'm looking for skincare to help with that. I am also 25, so I'm starting to think about anti-aging, as well.
I know I need a good sunscreen (and if you recommendations for that, that would be great). I know I should also use a retinaldehde orother retinoid - but trying to figure out which products have them and which don't is mind wracking. Same goes for BHA and Vitamin C serum! I feel like Ihave some info but it still hasn't hepled me figure out where to find good products or a good regime.
So does anyone have some recs on products for me? I feel so clueless lol
There are a few very important and basic tasks that we should see to in acne care. These tasks will ensure a minimal amount of time spent dealing with acne and the unfortunate side effects that acne can cause.
Washing the Skin
Basic acne care requires that you wash your skin on a regular basis, preferably twice a day and following any heavy exercises. Using a mild cleanser, you should wash from below your jaw directly to your hairline, not leaving any patches untouched. Acne care requires a gentle touch despite the common misconception that only heavy duty soaps and rough scrubbing pads will be effective. These can serve to make acne worse.
For proper acne care, you should speak to a health care professional and try to match something with your specific skin type, whether it is particularly oily or naturally dry. Following the use of any cleanser, rinse your face thoroughly to remove all residues. Acne care does not rely solely on astringents as they are only effective for especially oily skin. Even then, astringents should only be used on the oily patches directly.
Oily hair can also be a common problem in making acne worse. Shampooing on a regular basis, as often as every day can help to reduce the oil that deposits in your pores.
Handling of Your Skin
As tempting as it may be to touch a blemish or to pop a pimple, you should avoid contact as much as possible. The purpose of acne care is to clear your skin and keep it smooth. In the event of a popped blemish, scars and blotches will form permanent reminders of the acne. Avoid rubbing or touching blemishes as much as possible.
The Right Makeup
Cosmetics can have a direct effect on the oil production and status of the pores on your skin. For optimum acne care, seek out oil-free cosmetics. The labels should describe the ingredients for you. If they do not, ask the retailer for more details. For those using acne care medication, foundation may be hard to apply for a few days. The skin will dry out and become scaly with the use of benzoyl peroxide or other acne care medication.
Additionally, certain products such as oil based hair products can spread down from the scalp to the forehead and close off pores. Look for products with a label “noncomodogenic”. This means they do not block pores and thus will not inhibit your acne care.
Be Wary of Excess Sun
You should always beware of spending too much time in the sun – it provides a long term risk to your skin and overall health. However, many acne care medications will enhance the effects of the sun, heightening your chances of getting a burn. Regardless of the acne hiding effects of a sunburn or tan, the excess UVB rays are dangerous. Talk with a health care professional about the acne care products you are using before spending excess amounts of time in the sun.