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Acne and skin care, skin care regime for acne sufferers, everything you need to know about acne



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Being the outermost layer of our
body, skin faces all types of pollutants, microorganism attacks, and
weather changes while protecting our body tissue at the cost of its own
health. It is necessary to take daily care of skin in order to avoid any
skin disorders. For people suffering from acne, a skin care regimen
becomes more important as a lack of cleansing and hygiene might lead to
a flare-up of already infected skin.

It is easy to take care of normal
skin. But acne-infected skin needs special handling as it becomes
sensitive to cosmetics, dietary habits, and psychological factors like

Acne-infected skin should be
washed with a mild cleanser. Cleansers or soaps with a strong fragrance
should be avoided as they might trigger some allergic reaction in the
skin. If you have acne, wash your face at least twice a day: once in
morning and in the evening. In between wash your face after any
strenuous activity which might make you perspire, like exercise.
Acne-infected skin should not be scrubbed as it will spread the
infection on other areas of skin. Skin should be thoroughly rinsed with
water after washing. Dermatologists also recommend for acne patients to
shampoo hair regularly.

If your skin is very oily, then an
alcohol-based astringent is ideal to wipe the skin before washing or
before going to bed. Keep in mind that this astringent should be put on
a wet cotton pad first and then on the skin. Do not use too much
astringent as it might cause irritation in the skin. For dry skin, milk
cleansers are better cleaning agents. But, if your skin is dry and you
suffer from acne, then keep away from creamy cosmetics or cleansing milk
as it will increase the oiliness of infected area.

Acne patients should wash their
face with warm water, soap and use only their fingertips for washing. Do
not use any kind of scrub, wash cloth, or sponge on the skin infected
with acne. Rinse with warm water and then pat dry. All this hardly takes
a minute but makes a lot of difference to your skin.

Although skin care is necessary to
maintain healthy skin, if you do not pay attention to the internal
processes for healthy skin, then no amount of outer care will make your
skin clear. A poor diet, bad digestive function, liver malfunction,
excessive sun exposure, and smoking are some of the reasons behind bad
and unhealthy skin.

For acne patients, it is very
important to pay attention to what kind of cosmetics they buy and use.
Most of the cosmetics have chemicals which produce comedones (pimple).
If you have acne then you should look for cosmetics which are labeled as
being non-comedogenic. All the cosmetics you use should be oil free.
Even oily hair products might spread acne to the forehead.To have
healthy skin, it is necessary to get rid of dead skin cells. If we don’t,
then the skin will look dull. Dead skin prevents oxygen, moisture and
nutrients from reaching the new skin cells being formed under the dead
cells. Scrubs and chemical peels can be used to rid skin of dead cells.

But these can not be used on acne.
For people having acne or very oily skin, a traditional face mask made
of gram flour is very useful. It not only exfoliates dead cells without
harming the skin, it also dries out the excess oil and relieves the skin
of stickiness. In fact, it is good to use natural cleansers on acne skin
and oily skin. Orange peels are one such method which makes oily skin
glow with its essential oils and drying property. You can prepare it at
home by drying out an orange peel and then grinding it to a fine mix. It
is especially good in summers to clean skin of excessive oil.

Essential skin care can be
completed in four easy steps. Determine your skin type, perhaps with the
help of some skin specialist. Clean your skin daily. Use a moisturizer,
even for oily skin, as all types of skin need protection and
lubrication. Protect your skin from the sun and exfoliate regularly to
remove dead cells.

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