For people who do not suffer from acne, washing their face is the simplest thing in the world. All you need to do is wet your face, use a face wash and you’re done. But if you suffer from acne, your skin care requires a bit of extra effort. Not every face wash suits you and using the wrong face wash can lead to breakouts.
Choosing the best face wash for acne can do wonders in ridding your skin of the bacteria that can contribute to acne by clogging your hair follicles. It will also help to scrub away the buildup on your skin which also helps to reduce acne
How to select the best face wash for acne
When you are selecting a face wash, try to look for one that will be strong enough to scrub your face free of dirt yet be mild enough to preserve the natural oils in your skin.
Keep the following tips in mind when buying a face wash:
- If you are buying one on the advice of your dermatologist, stick to the brand he or she has recommended. If it does not help, make sure you mention it to your specialist and ask them to change their recommendation.
- If you are shopping on your own, try to stick to a brand that is not very expensive. If it does not work, you will not have wasted your money.
- Do not experiment with different face washes, as all may not suit your skin type. Find one that works for you – and stick to it.
- Avoid face washes with high alkaline pH as this can irritate and dry your skin.
- Pick a brand that is alcohol-free. Alcohol tends to sap your skin of water and natural oils, all of which will cause your skin to produce extra oil to compensate. This will trigger acne production.
- Look out for acne cleansers which have added ingredients to combat acne. These ingredients may claim to fight acne in various ways, but their effectiveness depends on how well they suit your skin. If you are in doubt, consult your dermatologist.
- Select face washes that will keep your skin hydrated. These will contain ingredients known as emollients (petrolatum, lanolin, mineral oil and ceramides) or humectants (glycerin), all of which help to preserve the moisture in your skin.
What else can help?
If you are acne-prone, the following tips can help:
- Add a toner to restore your skin’s natural pH balance.
- Add an exfoliator to your routine to remove dead skin and prevent clogging of your pores. This will prevent the oils in your skin to build up on your face, which can prevent breakouts in the future.
- When selecting a moisturizer, look out for the term “non-comedogenic” on the label, which simply means that it will not block your pores. A moisturizer is especially important when you are using an acne face wash that dries your skin, as this will help to restore some of your skin’s moisture.