Skincare dos and don'ts for acne and rosacea
Monday 07 February 2011
If you have acne or rosacea, a few changes to your regular skincare routine can make a difference in the look of your skin, experts say. On February 4, at the 69th annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in the US, Cornell University's Dr. Diane Berson offered her top skincare solutions for clearing up acne and reducing inflammation.
Step one: go easy on the cleansing. She recommends gentle cleansers for skin prone to acne and rosacea. Scrubbing the skin will actually worsen acne, as it can remove skin lipids and can increase irritation. Instead, gently wash with a non-irritating, pH-balanced cleanser to decrease inflammation.
"Harsh cleansers, alkaline bar soaps and alcohol-based products may worsen irritation," said Berson. "Cleansing products with mild surfactants can remove surface oil and dirt without compromising the skin's barrier function." Also, be sure to rinse thoroughly to avoid leaving irritating residue on your skin.
Acne medications can also cause your skin to dry out, so use a light, oil-free moisturizer that is noncomedogenic, or won't clog the pores. Avoid moisturizers containing heavy mineral oils, though products containing silicone oils such as dimethicone are good choices, she said.
If you have rosacea, your skin is more sensitive and likely to react to ingredients in both prescription medications and skincare products. Moisturizers containing lipids, such as ceramides, are usually well tolerated and improve the barrier that is often compromised in people with this condition.
Best sunscreens for troubled skin are broad-spectrum formulas that protect from both UVA and UVB light. Look for sunscreens with microfine zinc oxide, which are smoother and lighter-textured than blockers made from regular zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
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Red skin and blotches? This clip offers a few tips: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXLaa74Dzlc
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