There are huge numbers of girls struggling with acne. Pimples, blackheads, comedones and other flaws are really hard to do away with. Even if we finally manage to remove them, we are left with unsightly pigmentation spots and scars. UV radiation has even worse impact on skin. Check out how to care for acne skin in summer, which products to use and how to protect skin from the sunlight.
How to care for acne-prone skin?
For effective acne skin care, you must identify how severe your acne was before the treatment and how severe it is now, as well as check the intensity of sebum secretion, inflammation, sensitivity, vascularization and tendency to pigmentation spots. While choosing the products, you must take all of these factors into consideration. During the anti acne therapy, the skin becomes really sensitive; after some time, the sensitivity turns into the permanent condition. That’s why you need to think about moisturising, soothing and protecting skin at the very beginning of the treatment. Special type of skin care routine must be applied in summer.
Cleaning Acne-Prone Skin
Removing impurities, sebum excess and make-up build-up must be done reasonably. You cannot use strongly-cleansing and dehydrating substances which disturb the natural protective barrier of your skin. You cannot use products designed for acne-prone, combination or oily skin because they work too strongly. Washing brushes and sponges are not recommended either, irritating skin and gathering bacteria. Cleansing oils plus emulsifiers can work for acne skin. Oils combine with sebum – the emulsifier washes this mix off the face, not causing the feeling of tightness. Such a cosmetic easily removes silicones and UV filters.
UV Radiation Protection
(Not just) acne prone skin needs sun protection. UV filter moisturizers save acne skin from dehydration, irritation and photo-aging. What’s more important, they protect skin from pigmentation spots which can be hard to remove in the future. If you really want to avoid such blemishes, use products with SPF which is high enough every day – SPF 50. Choose the ones that are lightweight, contain organic filters and don’t clog skin pores.
Exfoliating the outermost layers of the skin matters a lot in acne prone skin care, too. Make use of acids, micro-exfoliating products and fruit peels. Mandelic, salicylic, lactic, azelaic and many other acids are among the acids that you can go for. During the anti-acne therapy, UV-rich moisturizers and moisturising preparations are must-haves. Micro-exfoliating products keep sebum from building up near the outlets of hair follicles, have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Acid peel treatments must be performed by experienced professionals. Preparations with high concentration of acids are the most common, reaching the deepest layers of epidermis. Mandelic, glycolic, azelaic and lactic acids are the top choices.
The derivatives of vitamin A which prevent the conrification of epidermis, have anti-acne and anti-seborrheic properties, regenerate skin cells and trigger the exfoliation of the epidermis. If you decide on retinoid treatment in summer, sunblocks are inseparable. A fun fact is that retinoids are used while treating burn wounds, sunburns, frostbite, various forms of acne and psoriasis, Lichen planus, ichthyosis, Xeroderma pigmentosum, lupus erythematosus.
They aim at fighting free radicals, reducing oxidative stress, protecting from wrinkles and premature ageing of the skin. Vitamins A, C, D, E, green tea extract, coenzyme Q10, beta-carotene, flavonoids are examples of the antioxidants. You can find them in both food and beauty products.