Today’s Featured Comment
- Not touching your face – no matter who you are or what your skin is like is fantastic advice! That includes cell phones and even things like scarves. Women who wear a CPAP mask at night may even develop blemishes in the places where the mask hits their face so keeping the mask super clean is imperative.
- AHAs are excellent for post-menopausal acne. These include salicylic acid, lactic acid, and glycolic acid. Salicylic acid will actually penetrate the pore area and eventually reshape the pore so it doesn’t grab onto debris. The other two will exfoliate the skin which is essential. Using a lower strength glycolic or lactic acid product will gently remove the layers without the major “peeling” that can happen at higher percentages.But it is important to note that 2% salicylic acid is NOT the same as 2% glycolic acid. 10% salicylic acid would melt your skin right off your face. If ProActiv works and isn’t too strong for your skin, go for it! Paula’s Choice also has an acne treatment plan that is reasonably-priced as well.
- But if you are using acids, you still have to be careful in the sun, even with oily skin. The goal is to get your skin to actually “peel” which means you are revealing baby skin. It needs protection. Unfortunately most – dare I say all – sunscreens are problematic for the acne-prone. That’s why I always recommend hat, clothing and glasses protection and just some plain old common sense.I also recommend putting it on fifteen minutes before going out and then removing it when indoors to help reduce skin contact.
- If acne becomes overwhelming, you might need the intervention of the dermatologist. This would be if you are experiencing cystic blemishes on regular basis or significant part of your face. These devils heal very slowly and do not respond to home care very often.
[These tips were first posted in this conversation. ~ Eds.]