Acne Treatments – Step One, Cleansing!
The skin care aisle’s at any store is usually full of ‘maximum strength’ acne treatments. They all profess to some special ingredient which will help clear your acne up. But just what are the facts behind all this rhetoric? Well, there are essentially three steps to any good skin care routine.
Firstly, you really need to apply your acne treatment program twice a day, both in the morning and before you go to bed. You’ll find that there are three parts to any worthwhile treatment regime: a cleanser, a toner or medication, and also a moisturizer.
The cleanser’s part in the treatment’s process is to lift up the dirt and the oils from the surface of your skin. The toner acts on the bacteria that is deep within your pores, and the moisturizer actually restores what the cleansing and toning have taken away, thus ensuring that your skin won’t get over dried or even damaged. This is basically what comprises a good treatment for your acne.
In this article we are going to concentrate on the cleanser part of the treatment process. The cleanser really should be gentle, with no type of ‘grit’-which includes anything from pumice to walnut shells. It’s always a good idea to check out the packaging, and only think about purchasing one if it is safe for the skin around about your eyes (it will say so on the package). The skin around your eyes is the most delicate and all your skin really ought to be cared for the same. The cleanser will usually be a bar or liquid soap only, if you see something which is labeled a ‘Scrub’ (such as ‘apricot scrub’) then don’t even think about it as part of the treatment process for your acne.
In actual fact, the majority of cleansers that are marked as an ‘acne treatment’ need to be avoided, as they contain acids and oxides. Your cleanser’s function is just to remove the dirt, not medicating, that’s the role for the toner or medication, this will only harm your skin. Some of the better cleansers for acne are Purpose brand Gentle Cleansing Wash, and the slightly pricier Neutrogena brand Extra Gentle Cleanser, the Proactiv brand gets good results too. Some people tend to look for anything labeled ‘extra strength’ when they see a zit, but these will only end up damaging your skin.
So now you’re going to cleanse your face. First of all you should wash your hands and then start treating your acne. Gently dampen your face with water that is at about body temperature, not too hot or too cold as this can have a poor affect upon your pores. Just use your fingers as you dampen your face, as a wash cloth will be too coarse. Methodically wash your face until you no longer can feel any oil in such spots like the creases around your nose. Then just pat your face dry with a clean towel, any rubbing will just put any dirt that is on the towel straight back into your pores, clogging them up again!
Acne affects millions of people each day. However, a good quality treatment procedure can help the majority of people clear up their acne. Now we know how to choose a quality cleanser, it’s time to take a look at the next step in the treatment process – toners!
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