Acne Cleansers – What You Need to Know
Before you think about the right choice in acne cleansers, first make sure you are cleaning your face the proper way every day. A gentle daily cleaning is the first step in treating your acne. Scrubbing your face to get it clean can cause more harm than good. Wash gently, preferably with only your hands. A washcloth is rough and can irritate.
Remember, washing your face only gets your face ready for other medications. Since acne is not caused by dirt, scrubbing will do nothing to clear up your acne breakouts. So, keep it gentle just twice a day – morning and evening. The best acne solution is based on consistency.
When you’re finished washing, pat your skin dry. Don’t rub it dry. Rubbing can again irritate the skin. The irritation leads to more breakouts. Keep it simple and be kind to your skin.
Now you need to decide which of the many acne cleansers you want to use.
There are foaming and non-foaming as well as bar cleansers and liquid cleansers. The choice is really up to you as a personal preference. But you may want to consider the current condition of your skin. Foaming cleansers tend to dry the skin more than other types of products. So, if your skin is already dry from other medications, you will probably want to stick to non-foaming cleansers.
Decide if you need a medicated or non-medicated skin cleanser. Medicated cleansers are available over-the-counter and by prescription. In both of these is one very common ingredient – benzoyl peroxide. This is one of the most frequently used acne treatment medications. One of the first proven treatments for acne, it has been used for many years and is still one of the most successful treatments for acne.
Make sure the cleanser you choose is for the face. The skin on your face neck and chest area is quite delicate and easily irritated. Many of the ultra cleansing body washes may be great for your body but not for your face. Always use a cleanser that is specifically designed for use on the face. An acne solution may be effective for the body but if it is not designed specifically for the face avoid using it on the face.