Hygiene Products and Your Acne
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions and is prevalent among both
teens and adults. There are many products available to treat acne, some of which are common to personal hygiene. The most
common of these is soap. While many soaps, especially those that are scented, can irritate skin afflicted by acne, many hygiene
products have been put on the market that are helpful in combating acne, and are economical
Soaps come in two forms, bar and liquid. Facial soaps and cleansers are those
products designed to treat problem skin. They contain products that promote healing and prevention.
Acne cleansers are generally used to remove excess oil, dirt, and sweat from
the surface of the skin. When this happens, it makes absorption of topical acne treatment easier. Topical products are those
used on the surface of the skin to combat acne. Excessive cleansing with such products can dry and irritate the skin, therefore,
making the acne worse, it is advised to only cleanse with these products once or twice a day.
There are different cleansers for different skin types. People with oily skin should use cleansers that
rinse off well. This is so the excess oil common to oily skin will be properly removed, leaving the skin smooth. Both bar
liquid cleansers have been specially formulated for this purpose.
For dry skin, the use of hard-milled products and gentle cleansers
are appropriate. You may wish to use synthetic detergents if you have this skin type. Such cleansers do not necessarily need
to be used often, as they are sometimes stronger than other products.
Most people with normal skin can cleanse daily with bar soaps. Synthetic
detergents do, however, react better to hard water.
If you have sensitive skin, you are more prone to react to fragrant
products, and those with grains or scrubbing agents. Stay away from the use of such products. Instead, use gentle cleansers
and be careful how hard you wash. Wipe, do not scrub when removing dirt and oil from your skin.
There are many gentle cleansers available for use for skin that is
easily irritated or aggravated. There are also several types of acne cleansers appropriate for daily skin care that are available
for purchase over-the-counter.
Oil-free and non-commodegenic products are usually advisable, as these
There are also cosmetics that have been developed to promote acne
healing and daily prevention. Like many cleansers, many of these are oil-free and some contain a small amount of acne medication.
No matter what type of cleanser you choose, whether it is soap or
a special cleanser especially developed to help combat acne, be careful in how you use it. Follow the directions on the bottle
or box, and be sure not to over wash. You will be on your way to controlling your acne....