Thursday, November 22, 2007

Basic Acne Skin Care

Basic Acne Skin Care
by : R Heavner

As with many things in life, little things can mean a lot. The individual with acne will need to use every means available to keep their acne under control and prevent future scarring. A few basic skin care precautions can go a long way in achieving these goals.

It is a temptation for many with acne, especially in the early stages, to scrub their skin with strong detergent soaps. Vigorous scrubbing will not help, and will very likely make the problem worse. Your face should be gently cleaned twice a day with a mild cleanser formulated for acne skin care. Clean from the neckline to the hairline, and be sure and use plenty of water.

For those who exercise and sweat, your face should be cleaned after exercise. Likewise, those who live in hot climates and find themselves sweating a lot may also want to wash more frequently. Again, a gentle washing with an acne skin care cleanser should suffice.

Use a mild moisturizer made for your type of skin, Allowing the skin to dry out will not help the problem. Likewise, use cosmetics which are oil free and formulated for your skin.

Men who shave may want to experiment with both electric and safety razors to see which is more comfortable for their skin. Men who use safety razors should use a sharp blade and thoroughly soften their beard before shaving. Try and shave lightly and only when necessary.

Regardless of how tempting, at all costs avoid. squeezing, pinching, or rubbing of acne blemishes. This will only aggravate the condition and may lead to scarring later.

Doctors recommend that patients regularly shampoo their hair as a part of their acne skin care regimen. Those with oily hair may want to shampoo daily.

Use caution while in the sun. While a suntan may help mask acne blemishes, the effect is only temporary as too much exposure can eventually aggravate the acne. Many over the counter and prescription acne treatments can create an oversensitivity to sunlight and make the user susceptible to serious sunburns.

By: R Heavner

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