Saturday, May 5, 2012

Frugal Skincare: Anti-Acne

This is the first post in a short series on choosing the correct skin care products for your skin.  Each skin problem needs a specific ingredient to get the best results.

With a preteen in the house, finding an effective acne treatment has become a priority.  The best products for acne, oily skin, blackheads, melasma and enlarged pores contain salicylic acid.  Salicylic acid is derived from willow tree bark; the same as aspirin, which is why the aspirin facial is effective (see previous post).

Using salicylic acid products should result in smaller pores, more even texture, and fewer breakouts.  I suggest using the mildest products you can find, then work your way up in strength until you find the product that works the best.  There may be some mild stinging with salicylic acid, but it shouldn't be uncomfortable.

If you have acne please stay away from physical exfoliation (brushes, scrubs, washcloths) and allow the salicylic acid to do the work.  You should be washing your face twice or three times a day with a mild soap.  Rinse with at least twenty splashes of clear water.  Use a clean hand towel to dry your face; change the towel every day.  Apply your acne treatment according to the package directions.

Wash your hands frequently and keep them away from your face.  The idea is to keep bacteria away from your skin.  This is why you should always use a clean towel to dry your face.

If you have very oily skin, I would recommend a gel based product.  It won't give you an oily feeling and you will be more comfortable.

Use the right product for the problem and don't hesitate to use store brand products.  Good skin care doesn't have to cost a fortune.

God bless,

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