Any of you who have ever walked down the beauty aisle at the local drugstore or supermarket, you’ll have seen the countless number of creams, lotions, and ointments used to treat acne. Most of us have tried maybe a dozen or more of these but they just don’t seem to work. They don’t make those annoying pimples and blackheads disappear like the package promised. Some leave your skin feeling dirty and oily, while others leave you with dry and flaky skin. In the end you are left with a pile of products that inevitably end up in the garbage bin never to be used again. More money spent and no results to show for it.
Finding the right product for your acne prone skin can take longer than you originally thought. Our current “microwave mentality” society means we expect to be able to find answers to most of our problems in about 90 seconds. This just isn’t always the case – especially with something like acne that can have so many different causes.
It would be great if you could find the right cleanser and cream on your first trip to the store. Unfortunately, the likelihood of this occurring is pretty slim, unless you know what to look for. Start by figuring out what type of product you need to treat your skin. Most people suffer from facial acne though others who sweat a lot can get acne on their backs, chest and even on their arms and legs. Remember that the cleanser that works on your face probably won’t be as effective when treating acne on other areas of the body.
The next step for you is to determine what type of skin you have. Oily skin is the most common in teens and young adults. Specialized cleansers are formulated to help cut down on the amount of oil on your face. If you have oily skin, look for a product that won’t leave a residue behind. Those with dry skin may need to add an additional step to their skincare routine that includes a facial moisturizer. If your skin falls somewhere in between, look for a product that offers the best of both worlds and is designed with your skin type in mind. Carefully reading the labels goes a long way in finding the right product.
Finally, if your skin problems persist consider making an appointment with a dermatologist. Hormonal imbalances, the food you eat, and your lifestyle can have a huge impact on your skin. A trained professional will be able to prescribe you the right medication for your skin care needs. The dermatologist can also provide you with tips for reducing your chances of getting acne in the future.
Whether you have occasional pimples and blackheads or a severe case of acne there are options for skin care and treatment. It may feel like the end of the world, but it’s not. In fact by the time most acne sufferers reach late teens or early adulthood they have grown out of it.