Acne treatments for your skin type

Up to 15 percent of Australian women have acne, according to All About Acne. You can get acne whether your skin is oily, sensitive, dry or some other type. And while blemishes can be universal, how you treat them is not. The treatment you choose to treat your acne depends on your skin type. Read on to find out the best way to clear up acne for your skin type.

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Dry Skin

Those with this skin type should stay clear of cleansers containing salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, which can be drying, particularly if used with additional acne treatment products. Opt for a gentle foaming cleanser or bar that won’t dry out your skin.

Unfortunately for dry skin people, most acne treatments dry the skin. If your topical medications cause this effect, try using them every other day until your skin gets used to the treatment. You can also combat dryness by using a noncomedogenic moisturising gel or lotion, which is lighter and less lightly to block pores.

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is similar to dry skin in that it can get irritated and flaky. In terms of treatment for acne, salicylic acid is best for sensitive skin, as it’s a gentler peeling agent, says Bella Sugar Australia. If your skin gets easily irritated, look for products like moisturising gels and lotions with silicones, which protect sensitive skin, says

Oily Skin and Combo Skin

These skin types are treated very similarly because of the oil factor. Lucky you, they are also the types that are most acne-prone. Oily skin can be greasy all over, while combo skin usually shins in the t-zone, cheeks, nose and forehead.

The good thing is you can use acne treatments containing benzoyl peroxide, alpha hydroxy acids and salicylic acid on your skin since it’s not likely to dry out. To prevent breakouts, try a weekly mask made of clay, which is good for oily skin and will help tighten pores.

Further reduce oil by using oil-blotting sheets. You’ll want to avoid heavy lotions, as the excess oil can clog your pores. Try lighter moisturisers or ones that state they are oil-free.

Ageing or Sun-Damaged Skin

Didn’t think this was a skin type, did you? Truth is, skin that’s a little less resilient, including skin that has been susceptible to sun damage, needs a different acne care approach. Some products that may be suitable for other skin types can be hard on your delicate, damaged skin.

Acne in mature or sun-damaged skin can occur in the t-zone in the form of blackheads or scattered pimples or on the lower cheeks and jaw line. Aging skin can also be dry skin, so keep hydrated by moisturising and getting plenty of water. A lot of doctors will suggest medical remedies like laser treatments for acne scars and sun spots. You can also treat with masks, like a cleansing milk kind, which will draw out excess oils and replenish skin, says Bio-Pacific Skincare Australia.

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