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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Men’s Skin Care – Steps to Getting Rid of Acne

Steps To Getting Rid Of Acne

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Skin Care Routine For Getting Rid Of Acne


Men’s skin care steps for getting rid of acne

These steps are a mixture of cleansers, exfoliants and topical disinfectants proven to be helpful for curing acne blemishes for men. Remember the result is totally dependent on how your skin responds. Be patient and don't be disheartened by if you have to experiment before you find the plan that works best for you. Experimenting is the solution to finding the right combination of products that will work for you.

Men’s skin care steps for normal to oily/combination skin prone to acne blemishes:

1. Gentle cleanser
2. BHA
3. Topical disinfectant
4. Sunscreen of at least SPF 15 during the day
5. Light moisturizer at night where needed

Men’s skin care steps for moderate to severe acne:

1. Gentle cleanser
2. BHA (stronger version than the one for normal to oily/combination skin)
3. Topical disinfectant (stronger version than the one for normal to oily/combination skin)
4. Sunscreen of at least SPF 15 during the day
5. Light moisturizer at night where needed

Men’s skin care steps for normal to dry skin prone to acne:

1. Gentle cleanser
2. BHA
3. Topical disinfectant (over acne prone areas)
4. Sunscreen of at least SPF 15 during the day
5. Moisturizer at night where needed.

If irritation occurs, you may need to reduce the frequency on the exfoliant and disinfectant application. It takes time for your skin to handle the frequency of application. Patience and a willingness to experiment are the solution to win the battle.

If you choose to use a dermatologist’s prescription like Retin-A, Differin, or Tazorac to fight and clear your blemishes, you would either apply it once a day instead of an BHA or AHA, or you can apply the BHA or AHA first and then apply the prescription option.

If you find any of these effective topical agents too irritating, consider reducing the frequency of application on the products or switching to an alternative exfoliant or antibacterial, rather than discontinuing use. The most important thing is consistency. It takes 4-6 weeks to see improvement in your skin and that is about the life cycle of a pimple.

Note: You cannot apply benzoyl peroxide at the same time as Retin-A; you would apply the Retin-A in the evening and the benzoyl peroxide in the morning. However, Differin can be used with benzoyl peroxide.

With these actions, you will be winning the battle in getting rid of acne and will have clear acne free skin soon.

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just to ask, What does PA++ stands in sunblock?

Alan Sim said...

PA shows the protection against UVA rays, the rays that cause Photo Aging. PA is rated by +, ++, and +++ with +++ offering the greatest protection.

The point to consider when buying sunscreens is that it should have the active ingredients that provide adequate broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection, as well as sufficient amounts of antioxidants.

samuel said...

Thanks Alan, your posting is very informative. My skin is little bit pimples prone so I’m worried that after some years it will became acne. But your posting would console me enough and I will try to follow your guidelines.

Alan Sim said...

Hi Samuel,

You're welcome. Remember to treat your skin gently and stay away from drying and irritating ingredients.

Alan

samuel said...

Hey Alan thanks for your suggestion. What do you mean by irritating ingredients? Do you want to mean the chemical based products? Actually I prefer herbal based products and I’ve heard that turmeric is very useful for pimples and acne. Do you know anything about it?

Alan Sim said...

Irritating ingredients are those that can cause allergic reactions, skin sensitivity, and/or sun sensitivity, and some of them are almond extract, allspice, angelica, arnica, balm mint oil, balsam, basil, bergamot, cinnamon, citrus, clove, clover blossom, cornstarch, coriander oil, cottonseed oil, fennel, fir needle, geranium oil, grapefruit, horsetail, lavender oil, lemon, lemon balm, lemongrass, lime, marjoram, oak bark, papaya, peppermint, rose, sage, thyme, witch hazel and wintergreen.

Turmeric is a plant source of a spice made from the dried, ground root and its extract is called curcurmin. It is a natural yellow food coloring that has potent antioxidant properties and because it is a potent spice, it may have some irritating properties for skin as well.

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