When shopping for the best skin care products for acne, don’t be fooled by the price. Price doesn’t always mean quality, although I would suggest you steer clear of the cheapest skin care brands.
Acne whether it is teenage or adult is a very difficult skin condition to treat but it is curable. There are a lot of reasons why you could be an acne sufferer – it may be your genes, your diet, your current lifestyle, your hormones – in fact it is probably a mixture of everything. One thing that doesn’t in itself cause acne is dirty skin so ignore anyone that tells you that you can wash it away. Too much washing with harsh soaps will only make your condition worse.
Pimples typically appears on the face, neck, shoulders and back. It is characterised by tender pimples, clogged pores and irritated skin. It starts when the pores in your skin clog up due to excess oil production, becoming what are known as whiteheads. If these pores remain open, the air turns the dirt black hence the term blackheads. If these pores become infected or inflamed, it causes pimples. Cysts form when the inflammation occurs deep inside the hair follicles.
Hormonal changes seem to trigger the production of excess oil hence why the trigger events for acne include the teenage years, pregnancy, pre-menopause and conditions such as polycystic ovary disease.
Increased levels of hormones in dairy products may account for some acne sufferers blaming their diet for the condition of their skin. Medical studies have not backed up this theory though and it isn’t safe to cut out whole food groups unless you are under the supervision of your doctor.
Some skin conditions can benefit from acupuncture especially if the underlying cause is stress related. How do you know if your pimples are caused by your lifestyle? Well, if you suddenly develop serious spots after experiencing a death in your family, a divorce or you have big exams looming, stress probably is a factor.
Use your money wisely and consult a dermatologist that specialises in Acne. Use only the treatments they prescribe strictly in accordance with their instructions.
If you haven’t consulted a dermatologist, look for products that are labelled “oil free,” or “noncomedogenic” as these are less likely to clog pores thus preventing a surge in pimples. If using a product that contains retinoid (a vitamin A derivative) always apply sun screen before going outdoors as this treatment can cause you to burn.
Always use your acne treatments and maintain your skin care regime even when it looks like your acne has been treated. You don’t want a new breakout just as you have finally got rid of the last lot.
Ask your dermatologist for advice on the most effective products. For example, salicylic acid unclogs your pores and prevents excess skin cells shedding. But it can cause skin irritation especially when combined with the wrong products. When looking for the best skin care products for acne, it pays to listen to the experts.