How important is washing face for you? Some people might consider it as a daily basic skin care routine, while some others will not pay attention to this. However, if you have acne, then washing your face is more important than you can image. Using the right cleanser can help you control your current acne and prevent the potential further breakouts. Thus, it is so important that you need to pay more time and effort for choosing the right products.
To help control acne breakouts, look for a cleanser that is strong enough to remove dirt and keep skin clean. Avoid harsh face soaps that can strip your skin of its natural oils. Harsh cleansers and scrubbing will only leave you with red, irritated skin that can promote flare-ups of your existing acne.
Follow the post and you can easily figure out what kind of cleanser should appear in your daily acne skin care life.
Should You Buy the Expensive Cleanser?
Not necessary. It is not about how much you spend on the products, but how well the product work on your skin. You can buy an inexpensive over-the-counter cleanser at your local supermarket or drug store. Or, if you’re willing to spend a little more, you can splurge on one of the high-end cleansers that are sold at your dermatologists’ office. Expensive cleansers can have less effective for control acne, on the other hand, cheap supermarket products can have unexpected good results.
Which Type of Soap/Cleanser Should You Choose?
Some people like the feeling of tightness while washing the face, however, these products are likely containing a very alkaline pH, which can be irritating and drying on your skin. When shopping for cleansers that work well on acne-prone skin, here’s what to look for:
Choose a gentle and alcohol-free cleanser.
The tightness sensation is actually indicating the cleanser is too harsh for your skin, and acne suffer usually have a sensitive skin. Thus, a gentle soap/cleanser is highly recommended for acne-prone skin. Besides, some cleansing products contain alcohol, it is because alcohol can reduce the greasy feeling. Unfortunately, this ingredient is too harsh for acne-prone skin too.
Look for an acne cleanser that contains anti-acne ingredients.
Some acne cleansers and face soaps have added ingredients to fight acne and improve the skin’s appearance. Medicated cleansers contain acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid, sodium sulfacetamide, or benzoyl peroxide, which can help clear up skin while cleaning it. Salicylic acid helps clear blocked pores and reduces swelling and redness. Benzoyl peroxide exfoliates the skin and kills bacteria. Sodium sulfacetamide interferes with the growth of bacteria.
In addition, to keep your skin hydrated, look for cleansers that contain emollients (petrolatum, lanolin, mineral oil and ceramides) or humectants (glycerin), which hold moisture in your skin, or exfoliants (alphahydroxy acids) to smooth rough areas.
Choose Cleaner Based on Your Skin Type
One last tip for choosing the right cleanser/soap is to find out your skin type before trying the product. If you have oily or combination skin, a gel cleanser is probably your best bet. And for those with normal to dry skin, a cream-based cleanser will leave your skin clean, but not stripped.
What Should You Apply After Washing Face?
After washing, use a moisturizer labeled “non-comedogenic,” meaning that it doesn’t clog pores. A moisturizer will prevent your skin from dehydrating, especially if you’re using an acne treatment that tends to dry the skin, such as benzoyl peroxide. If you have oily skin, a cleanser that already contains a moisturizer may be all you need. Check here to see Skin Care Community’s suggested moisturizers for acne-prone skin.