Acne is a common problem in adolescence and can sometimes persist into adulthood. Depending on how severe it is, it can be treated with over-the-counter or prescription medication.
In order to maximize treatment efficacy, it’s important to take good care of your skin by using the right products to clean and moisturize it.
Washing your face well is essential to keeping your skin healthy, but how you do it is just as important, especially for people with acne. Since acne treatments tend to dry out the skin, you must avoid drying it even more when washing your face. Choose a pH-balanced, soap-free cleanser that is also free of oils and abrasive substances (watch out for exfoliating scrubs). Also avoid products containing alcohol.
Since acne-prone skin is usually oily, you may think you shouldn’t use a moisturizer. On the contrary! You must keep your skin well hydrated in order to allow it to maintain its protective mechanisms and to compensate for the dryness caused by acne treatments. As with cleansers, however, it’s important to choose the right product (look for oil-free and non-comedogenic).
You can use cosmetics (foundation and/or a stick concealer) to cover up pimples and blemishes as long as they are oil-free and non-comedogenic. Concealers with a green tint are very useful to mask redness. Mineral powders are also an excellent choice. Just don’t forget to take your makeup off at the end of the day!
Lastly, since many acne treatments make the skin more sensitive to the sun, make sure to apply sunscreen before any sun exposure.
If you need any help choosing the right product, your pharmacist will be happy to assist you!