21 Jan Best Practice Skin Care…..Acne
Best practice skin care for acne prone skin
- Control of acne prone skin begins with hygiene. Clean hands frequently throughout the day. Never ever touch your face with your hands. Bacteria and oils on unwashed hands increase severity of acne.
- Wash your face at least twice daily, more often if you are physically active. Never ever go to bed with makeup on. Always wash your face before bedtime to remove pollutants and oils accumulated during the day
- Choose an appropriate cleanser. If your skin is oily you may use normal soaps that do not have moisturizers in them. I recommend French milled soaps available at all local supermarkets generally in the organic and supplement area. If you have sensitive or dry skin use gentle cleanser. I recommend Cetaphil skin wash.
- Moisturize your skin after each cleaner to rebalance the ph of your skin. Most moisturizers actually potentiate acne. Use a non-comedogenic product such as cetaphil moisturizer for this. Moisturizers may be applied before or after retinol application.
- Have a physician at your medical spa prescribe a retinol for acne prone skin. These products reduce acne and are the second line treatment for acne after an excellent and consistent skin cleansing and moisturizing regimen has been established. Retinol comes in many different strenghs. This is because different skin types respond differently to this product. Many peoples skin becomes dry, cracked and red with higher percentages on retinol. Work with your medical professional to decide what strength is appropriate for you. The benchmark for success here is consistent use of the product. Experiment with the frequency that you use this product…twice weekly? Three times weekly? Daily? What is the best practice for your skin?
- Ask your physician to consider antibiotics when appropriate. Antibiotic treatment is the last tier in the treatment of acne and is useless unless proper hand hygiene and a consistent facial cleansing program is in place.
- Consult a medical spa to consider an appropriate chemical peal. These products serve to control outbursts of acne, only if basic best practice skin care is in place.
- Consult a medical spa to consider microneedling facial. This medical procedure reduces and may eliminate acne scars. The procedure may be performed on patients who have their acne completely under control.
Moniter your diet. Fried and fatty foods complicate acne prone skin. Consume a well-balanced diet and hydrate your body and skin with 2 liters of water daily. Take antioxidant nutrient supplements such as a multivitamin once or twice daily.