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The 3 Factors in Choosing the Right Over-The-Counter Acne Products

Aug 24, 2008
Nowadays it is increasingly difficult to choose the right acne skin care product to buy. The main source of such inconvenience can be contributed to the large number of skin care products available to the consumers and in part of the medical advances made possible by the skin experts.

Before you decide on which product to buy, certain things are to be given closer look. It is hard to be selecting from numerous over-the-counter products, especially if they are all claiming to be the best. It is irrational to go and buy right away the most saleable product available.

Here are 3 factors to aid you in selecting the acne treatment that will suit your condition best.

1. Know Your Type of Skin

For anyone with oily skin, it is best to select products which is in a form of liquid or wash to reduce further oiliness of the skin. Products that are water-based don't block pores and is useful in washing excess oils. For those with dry skin, choose a cream or gel type products. For people with a skin type that's a mix of two then, it needs to be spot-treated.

Choose the acne treatment product that works effectively on the affected areas. If your dry skin springs up pimples, then select a gel or a cream form. If the acne condition breaks up in the oily areas, then choose water-based product. The sensitivity of your skin is another factor under skin type.

Most products in the market carry strong chemicals designed to cause peeling of the skin. Thus for people with sensitive skin be careful in choosing and use the least potent possible. Carefully review labels and check the active ingredients and their individual dosages since you can worsen an acne condition by using a product that is too powerful.

Unintentionally you may end up over drying the affected area, making your sensitive skin respond negatively through more sebum production which will lead to more acne. Going for a gentler acne treatment when your skin is sensitive is the safe and smart approach.

2. Consider How Severe Your Acne Is

There is a wide range of acne treatment products, varying from topical (applied to the skin) to oral (taken by the mouth). Different stages of acne have particular corresponding treatment. Are you experiencing a handful of blackheads and whiteheads and a few pimples? Then you may have mild acne. If it's just a few pimples with red blemishes and scarring, then you might be suffering from moderate acne. Or if it is more than pimples and blemishes with lesions and major breakouts all throughout you face, then it might be a severe acne case. Understanding the severity of your acne will help you in choosing the products with the correct ingredients for your skin condition.

3. Define Your Personal Goal In Treating Your Acne

Do you simply want to prevent acne? Then select the right skin care and acne preventing products. Is your objective to achieve a smooth and flawless skin? Then choose acne products that can clear away those acne scars if not reduce them.

Remember that all medications and treatments work differently and can have various side effects. Always review your product's package to know the proper dose and application and always ask your dermatologist about any possible side effects.
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