If you suffer from acne breakouts, chances are you’ve already tried a number of different acne treatment products in search of clearer, healthier skin. However, trying too many different products at the same time or using the wrong product for your particular skin type can sometimes produce very undesirable results. In fact, even if you’re using the right product, it’s possible to use it in the wrong way. Here are some things to keep in mind when treating your acne so that you help your skin instead of hurting it.
Don’t Use Too Many Products at the Same Time
With so many different acne treatment products on the market today from which to choose, it can be tempting to try using several at the same time. After all, if using one product can produce good results, using several should be even more effective, right? Unfortunately, the answer to this question is usually “no.” Using different products at the same time can often be too much for your skin. Additionally, using a number of different products simultaneously can make it very difficult to determine which products work for you – and which ones do not. Plus, if you experience irritation or an allergic reaction, you won’t know which product is the culprit.
Instead of using multiple acne treatment products at the same time, choose one and try it exclusively for several weeks so that you can judge its effectiveness. Of course, the exception to the “one product at a time” rule are skin care products that have been specifically designed to be used together. For example, you’ll find some acne treatment systems that utilize a cleanser, toner and acne treatment cream, all designed to complement each other.
Use a Product Designed for Your Skin Type
Some people mistakenly believe that acne prone skin is always oily skin. However, this is definitely not always the case. For example, many people who have combination skin also suffer from acne breakouts. If you have combination skin, you might find that using an acne care product designed specifically for oily skin can cause skin irritation, flakiness and redness on the drier areas of your face. When in doubt, it’s often a good idea to start with a milder acne care product. If you find it doesn’t produce the results you’re looking for after using it for several weeks, you can always opt for a stronger or more concentrated product instead. No matter which product you use, always be sure to follow the label directions carefully. Even if you are using the right product for your skin type, you can irritate your skin by using it too often or in wrong way.