So you’ve heard about the importance of exfoliating your oily, acne skin but you’re wondering okay, where do I begin? How do I know what’s right and will work with my oily, acne skin?
Here are some general exfoliation tips for acne skin to get you started in the right direction:
Tip 1: Consider your skin
Everyone’s skin is unique, and has different needs. You should first consider your skin’s history with regards to acne skin care products. What’s worked well? What hasn’t? Is your oily, acne problem mild or severe? Are you under the professional care of a physician or doctor? If so, you should follow his or her advice first. By answering these questions first, you can narrow down what level of intensity of a product, either mild or strong, and the associated application method you should use, professional or over-the-counter. As a general rule, if you have acne blemishes and breakouts, avoid any products that contain abrasive particles and ingredients such as those found in scrubs as they can cause further irritation of the acne skin. For oil reduction, products containing beta-hydroxy acids such salicylic acid have been found to be very effective.
Tip 2: Purchase samples
A good rule of thumb is to try out the products first by purchasing samples. Most skin care companies offer samples at a small cost for this very purpose. This way you are not making a big investment and you can, on a trial basis test if the products are going to be effective with your oily, acne skin. Start small and remember that the most expensive products may not necessarily be the most effective for your individual acne skin care needs.
Tip 3: Exfoliate Weekly
For best results, remember to exfoliate at least once a week, and depending on your skin and level of intensity of the exfoliant product and your acne problem, no more than twice a week. For most people and for most products, 1-2 times a week is sufficient. The most common mistake people with acne skin tend to make is to exfoliate too often because they experience favorable results and think that more will be even better. However, the truth is more is not better. Over exfoliation can cause further skin irritation, and increased redness and sensitivity and even reverse the desired results. Have a regular weekly routine and be consistent, but don’t over do it.