What’s the right acne treatment course for your specific skin type?
If every face were exactly the same, the world would be a boring place! One of the ways in which people are unique is their skin type, and skin type can impact how you treat and get rid of your acne. There are three common skin types: oily, dry and combination. Despite the popular myth that only people with oily skin experience acne breakouts, blemishes and pimples can occur in all three of these skin types. However, the reasons for those blemishes and pimples and the best way to treat them may vary by skin type. Continue reading to find out your skin type and get acne treatment tips specific to your skin type.
Oily Skin: The Most Common Skin Type for Acne Breakouts
It’s true that people with oily skin often struggle with acne breakouts more than people with other skin types. The more oil that your skin produces, the more likely it is that your pores will get blocked, causing the buildup of acne-causing bacteria. If your pores are large to begin with, excess oil can actually drag the dry and dead skin cells from the surface of the skin down into your pores, causing them to clog and turn to inflamed acne. The body produces excess skin oil as a result of hormonal activity, so oily skin can often be a predictor of hormonal acne. In addition to struggling with acne breakouts, people with oily skin often deal with the daily “shine” caused by excess oil.
What’s the best way to treat oily, acne prone skin? Because oily skin is typically associated with hormonal acne, this type of acne must be treated holistically. Some doctors may recommend low-dose birth control pills or androgen blockers if the hormone imbalance is significantly out of control, but in most cases it’s best to treat the symptom (acne) rather than the root cause (overactive hormones). So make sure that you’re using an acne treatment regimen that removes dead, dry skin cells to minimize clogged pores while fighting acne causing bacteria.
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There are two common acne treatment mistakes that people with oily or excessively oily skin make. The first is to over-wash. When you have oily or excessively oily skin, it may seem like there’s a
benefit to washing your face many times a day to remove excess oil. In fact, when you wash your face many times per day, you risk over-drying it and irritating the skin. Irritated skin is more prone
to acne breakouts, and when the skin becomes too dry it actually produces more oil to compensate. Wash your face only twice per day, once in the morning and once in the evening. If you need to remove excess oil in between, use a dry blotting cloth.
The other common acne treatment mistake that people with oily or excessively oily skin often make is to select acne treatment products with powerful drying agents to dry up the acne-causing oil. This can actually lead to more breakouts as the skin compensates by producing more oil and may become more irritated as a result. This can also create even more dry skin cells to clog your pores. The correct way to cure acne is by clearing blocked pores and fighting acne-causing bacteria. Over-drying your skin with harsh ingredients can have a negative effect, both now and in the future. And remember, even oily skin needs a daily moisturizer. Healthy skin is properly balanced, and that means both internal hydration by eating your water and topical hydration.
If you have an individual blemish that you’re spot treating, using a drying ingredient like sulfur can actually be the right treatment course. In addition to drying out any excess pore-clogging oil, it will also speed up how quickly the damaged skin flakes off and reveals healthier skin beneath it. But remember, you just want to dry the blemish itself and not all of the surrounding skin around it.
Dry Skin: Getting Rid of Acne Breakouts While Keeping Skin Healthy
Just because somebody has dry skin doesn’t mean they never experience acne breakouts. In reality, people
with dry skin have to battle acne breakouts in a more cautious way than people with oily or combination skin do. Dry skin forms more dry, dead skin cells that can clog pores. Clogged pores increase the risk of developing acne causing bacteria, no matter what the skin type. However, people with dry skin also typically have extremely sensitive skin. That means that they need to be careful not to agitate their skin when treating their acne, which can worsen redness or irritation. They also need to find acne treatment products and solutions that will simultaneously soothe and calm their skin.
Dry skin can also lead to acne if you have larger-than-average pores. An important tip to remember if you’ve got both dry skin and acne-prone skin is to use a more minimizer whenever possible to decrease the chance of clogged pores and breakouts.
What’s the best way to treat dry skin with acne? If you’re dealing with dry skin and acne breakouts, you need to address the cause of your pimples and blemishes—the increase in dead and dry skin cells on the skin’s surface. To do this, use a gentle exfoliating agent or skin cleanser and stay away from heavily textured exfoliating products that may irritate your skin. You should also restore your skin’s moisture balance, which will reduce your acne flare-ups and make your skin healthier.
While acne breakouts are certainly less of a skin care concern for those with dry skin, they can be much more challenging to treat. However, minimizing dry, dead skin cells that can clog your pores is the most important step.
And, of course, remember that squeezing or popping blackheads to remove the clogged portion of the pore is never a good way to get clear skin. You’ll most likely just irritate the skin more and have redness , bumps and increased breakouts.
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Combination Skin: The Acne Danger Zone of the T-Zone
Combination skin is the most common skin type and is often referred to as “normal skin.” Combination skin
tends to be drier on the cheeks and oilier in what’s known as the T-zone. The T-zone is the T-shaped area of skin formed by your forehead, nose, upper lip and chin. In many people with combination skin, the T-zone is not only oilier, it’s also highly prone to acne breakouts. Because combination skin is drier in some areas and oilier in others, treating the drier skin on the cheeks can cause breakouts in the T-zone. Similarly, treating the oily skin and acne breakouts in the T-zone can dry out the rest of the face.
People with combination skin are also more likely to experience blackhead s and whiteheads. That’s because your skin may be oily and clog more, but not to the extreme end of inflamed or cystic acne. Of course, the best way to keep from getting blackheads or whiteheads is to make sure that you use an acne treatment with Salicylic Acid to exfoliate away pore clogging skin cells and oil beneath the skin’s surface.
What’s the best way to treat combination skin with acne? The key to acne-free combination skin is to make the skin healthy. Use a good, antioxidant-rich skin cleanser, a treatment to exfoliate dead skin cells on the surface and an oil-free, all-day moisturizer. Because acne breakouts that affect people with combination skin tend to be less severe, it’s also more common to treat blemishes individually with an acne spot treatment.
For combination skin that looks its best and has fewer acne breakouts, take care of your skin and make it as healthy as it can be. Don’t think of your combination skin as two different areas of your face. Think of it as one organ that needs to be healthy all the way around!
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No Matter What Your Skin Type, Acne-Free Skin Starts From the Inside Out
Whether you have oily, dry or combination skin, healthy skin that’s free of acne starts from the inside out. Be sure that you’re eating foods that are rich in antioxidants, including fresh fruits and fresh vegetables. “Eat” your water daily to keep your body and your skin properly hydrated. Get enough sleep and reduce the impact of Cultural Stress in your life. Where possible, reduce your exposure to toxins and pollutants. Acne-free skin is healthy skin, and healthy skin depends just as much on your lifestyle choices as it does on the acne treatment products you use. By following Dr. Murad’s philosophy of Inclusive Health™, you’ll be able to get healthy skin that’s acne-free not matter what your skin type is.
What Did You Just Learn About Acne?
In this section of the Murad Acne Resource Guide, you should have learned the following key points:
- There are three common skin types: oily skin, dry skin and combination skin.
- Oily skin is the skin type that has the most frequent acne breakouts. To get rid of acne with oily skin, you’ll need a treatment regimen that clears clogged pores and fights acne causing bacteria. The most common acne treatment mistakes that people with oily skin make are over-washing and over-drying their skin.
- Individuals with dry skin may also get acne breakouts. In this case, the best treatment is to use an exfoliating cleanser as well as a moisturizer to reduce the dry, dead skin cells on the surface that may cause acne.
- Individuals with combination skin may experience acne breakouts in their T-zone. Spot-treating T-zone blemishes and treating the skin to improve its overall health is the best course of action.
- No matter what your skin type, acne-free skin begins from the inside out with diet and lifestyle choices.
Product Resources for Acne Treatment
While your acne treatment solution will depend on the cause of your acne and should be part of an overall skin care program for optimal skin health, the following Murad Acne products can help improve your skin and reduce acne breakouts, regardless of your skin type or the cause of your acne.
Murad Pore Reform Regimen
Murad’s pomegranate-based skin care line that’s specifically formulated for combination skin can help you get healthy, acne-free skin.
Murad Gentle Acne Treatment Gel
This treatment gel is gentle on sensitive skin, yet still treats the root causes of acne breakouts by exfoliating dry skin cells from the skin’s surface and fighting acne-causing bacteria.
Murad Acne Complex® Kit
Murad’s proven and popular complete acne treatment solution. 92% of users saw a reduction in breakouts in just three days.* Address all your acne treatment needs, from reducing clogged pores to fighting acne-causing bacteria.