Facial Cleansers for Acne Treatment

Choose the right cleanser for your acne treatment program

Acne treatment can be frustrating and confusing. It seems that you must achieve a "magical" combination to find what works and what doesn't work for your particular case. Now you can take some of the frustration out of your treatment program by choosing the right facial cleanser. Here's how.

Using facial cleansers for acne treatment

Let's begin at the beginning. Why do you need a facial cleanser for your acne? Isn't the medication your doctor prescribed enough? You may have asked these questions but you'll find that a facial cleanser compliments the treatment that your dermatologist has prescribed.

Facial cleansers are milder than soap and they often contain skin conditioners and moisturizers that help your skin from feeling dried out. There are a few regular bar soaps on the market that contain a moisturizer, but most don't. Combine this with the often harsh, drying effect that acne medications have on your skin and it's easy to see why using a facial cleanser is beneficial.

Choosing a facial cleanser

Tip #1 -- Choose a cleanser made for your skin type

Many people misdiagnose their skin type and buy the wrong cleanser. Here are a few good rules to follow.

Oily skin -- Skin that is shiny within two hours after washing.

Dry skin -- If you can't see your skin pores at the end of the day, you probably have dry skin.

Sensitive skin -- Flaky and red skin usually means you have sensitive skin -- not dry skin.

Read the labels on the cleanser you are considering and choose the type right for your skin.

Tip #2 -- Beware of fragrances

If you have sensitivities to fragrances, stay away from these products. These products can cause itching, redness, burning and general irritation. You don't need to have these issues in addition to the acne.

Tip #3 -- Consider texture

Textured cleansers for acne skin treatment deep clean skin. For some people, this is good but not for those people with sensitive skin. If your acne medication has caused your skin to become sensitive, do not use an abrasive scrubbing pad or an "exfoliating" cleanser.

An acne treatment gel may be your best bet if you need a more soothing cleanser rather than an abrasive one.

The best acne treatment is the one that fits all of your complexion needs. It should complement the treatment your dermatologist has prescribed for you. Consult with your doctor and get her recommendations for your skin type. By following these tips and following the advice of your doctor, you can choose the best cleanser that will help with your acne treatment program.

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