When you have acne, chances are you’re so eager to get red of the pimples, that you’ll try anything and everything. Sometimes that means layering on gobs and gobs of acne products. We’ve heard stories of acne patients trying every acne remedy they can get their hands on. This is not a smart approach for multiple reasons. Using too many acne products with active ingredients like salicylic acid, sulfur and benzoyl peroxide will cause excessive dryness, redness and peeling on the skin. Plus you won’t know which product is or is not working.
So what should your acne regimen look like? There should be a combination of complimentary products that work together to simultaneously clear up and soothe your already inflamed skin. At Clear Clinic in New York, we suggest a gentle cleanser that removes makeup and other dirt and impurities with soothing ingredients. The next step should be a treatment product, such as prescription of Differin or Epiduo. For your morning routine, the final step is applying a combination moisturizer/sunscreen, ideally with green tea to fight free radicals as well as protect from UVA and UVB rays. At night, smooth on an oil-free, but hydrating moisturizer over your treatment product. If you feel a huge pimple growing under the surface, you will want to spot treat once during the day. And then that’s it. Anything more will be overdoing it.