The effectiveness of any acne treatment program can be increased by changing some things around. These tips for acne treatment can make your current acne treatment program even more effective.
Tip #1. Use the Right Order of Treatment and Product Application
A program for getting rid of acne should be a several step process. At a bare minimum, a cleanser and treatment cream are typically used. The cleanser should always be used first. Secondly, you always use
But what about other things you add to the skin as well as other products? There is a specific order to apply products in order to help prevent breakouts from being triggered. After you apply a treatment cream, allow it to rub in and dry completely before moving on to any other products.
If it is in the beginning of the day and you are putting on make-up, this will go on next. If you are putting on sunscreen, it will go on as the very last item. You want your acne treatment cream to sit under the layer of make-up, sunscreen, or moisturizer to help prevent new acne lesions from forming during the day.
If it is nighttime, a moisturizer can go on last. The key thing to remember though is the treatment cream goes on your skin immediately after it has been cleansed with a cleanser and/or face wash. Any other products can be applied to the skin on top of the treatment cream.
Tip #2. Wash Your Hands Regularly – Skip the Hand Sanitizer
One tip that may help improve your acne is washing your hands regularly. A lot of breakouts are triggered when someone with dirty hands touches their face or forehead. The dirt from the hands can help block pores and start the acne formation process.
Hands, though sanitized, are dirtier than ever thanks to the proliferation of hand sanitizer. While hand sanitizer helps reduce bacteria (and is a great thing for that purpose), it does not remove dirt from the hands – in fact it just adds another layer of chemicals. Get around this by washing your hands a few times a day to keep your hands clean.
Tip #3. Change Brands One At a Time
A lot of products found in the beauty and hygiene sections of the store can contain chemicals that may cause skin irritation. Things like 5 isopropyl isostearate and oleth-3 are common ingredients in lotions, shampoos, face washes, and cleansers that may all actually trigger breakouts.
The reason this ingredients still exist in products is because they are used as part of another function in the product. These products might be used to thicken up a runny shampoo and cause it to congeal for example. When the products were initially conceived, this side effects may not have been known. The companies that make these products would rather not try to spend more money to come up with a formulation. To them, consumers were using these products before even if they caused acne so they are not willing to cut into their products to improve your skin.
This is unfortunate for the consumer but that is how the business world works. However, you can make a difference in what companies end up putting in their products by voting with your wallet. Start switching over products one at a time such as shampoo, soap, and face wash to natural product lines. It is too confusing to identify (particularly when we might not know whether or not a compound contributes to acne yet) ingredients one at a time. After two weeks, if your skin improves, you know the switch was a good idea. If it does not improve, you can switch back. Repeat this cycle for all your beauty and skin products and you should see good results.