Acne – Acne and Skin Care
The reason why a person develops acne has little to do with their skin care practices. However, once a person does have acne, how they take care of their skin is essential to its treatment.
In fact, washing and scrubbing the skin has little to do with why a person develops acne. The effects of scrubbing is that it roughens and dries out the skin. In fact, the effect of scrubbing can worsen the skin by exposing lower layers which then have to develop protective coats of oil and dermis. This takes time for this protective coat to develop, which leaves the skin exposed to bacteria. Our skin is our best defense against all types of infectious pathogens, and scrubbing a layer off does not help the situation.
What is recommended is a softer and more gentle washing. And, one should use a mild cleanser.
While is has been recognized that one’s own natural skin oil plays a major role in the development of acne, completely eliminating your natural skin oil is not the answer. Your natural skin oil keeps your skin moist and without it would lead to little cracks in your skin which is the doorway for bacteria to enter.
Thus, any type of astringents that are used should be done so sparingly, and all over the counter treatments need to be used according to their directions.
A challenge that men face is shaving. Even electric shavers can lead to a small cut when it goes over a blemished area. It is important to be very careful around tender areas, and to use a softener gel.
When shaving with a razor it is important not to backshave and go against the direction of hair growth. Ingrown hairs and pores that are clogged do produce acne, so it is wise to soften the hair with warm water and soap before shaving, and shave in the same direction of the hair growth.
As for women, most makeup these days do not clog the pores, and yet skin can be irritated with too much foundation. Look for “non-comedogenic” labels in your purchase of makeup.
At all times, keeping the skin pores open so that your skin’s natural oil has movement and allows the shedding of dead skin cells is the key.
An anti-bacterial lotion can help prevent acne, but it does little to treat it. As well, over medicating your skin will clog your skins pores, so read and follow the directions.