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Cosmetic products for acne

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When you are dealing with this condition, you must be very careful with the cosmetic products for acne that you are using. This includes not only the topical treatments but also your creams, lotions, serums, or makeup products. You must know that sometimes your foundation or primer can have an unwanted effect and cause even more blemishes. To better understand what cosmetic products for acne to use when you want to make this affection less visible, read the article below and follow the tips we recommend.

Cosmetic products for acne: makeup

Struggling with acne also means covering those pimples, whiteheads and blackheads and making your face look as good as possible. And we have to thank makeup products for offering us the tools to mask that not-so-great skin aspect. Before going shopping for cosmetics, or following your favorite skincare influencer, read the advice below.

First, there are three things your makeup must have or do: it will not irritate your skin, will not clog your pores and must contain special ingredients that help you fight against acne. Moreover, if you are talking about the foundation or other products that aim to cover your pimples, you must test the colour on your hand and see if it matches your skin tone. If you will not choose the proper colour, you will look like you are wearing a mask.

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What cosmetic ingredients you should avoid when you have acne

When selecting your makeup products you must always pick items that are labeled as non-comedogenic. You are probably wondering what comedogenic ingredients are. They block oxygen from your pores and they allow bacteria to grow on your face, and cause inflammation. Even if some products seem to be amazing, when you are dealing with acne we highly recommend you to avoid coconut oil, products that contain palm oil, wheat germ oil, algae extracts or cocoa butter.

Alcohol is also on the no-no list. Even if it is not nocive for other skin types, when you are prone to acne, you should avoid applying cosmetics containing alcohol. It has great cleansing properties, but if you have acne, rosacea, sensitive skin you should better avoid it. Unfortunately, it causes inflammation and redness and you don’t need that when you’re having acne.

Fragrances should also be avoided when you are dealing with acne. Like alcohol, these won’t necessarily harm your skin, but this affection requires special care if you are dealing with acne. Fragrances don’t have a great impact on your skin if you have a normal skin type. But in the case of acne, these perfumes have similar reactions to alcohol so you might end up with unwanted irritation or redness. When choosing your body lotions, skincare routine products, or even makeup, make sure there are no fragrances added. Also, you should certainly ignore essential oils because they have the same effect on your skin. 

You should avoid skin foundations that contain retinol. This is an amazing ingredient in your fight against acne but it is not a good idea to wear a foundation containing it. Most of the time, you use foundation to cover your flaws when going out. But if the product contains retinol, when exposed to sun rays, it can cause irritations. We recommend you only use retinal when your doctor recommends it.

Instead of using retinol, you should buy primers, concealers, or foundations that contain azelaic acid. This ingredient has the same effect as retinol but without the photosensitivity side effect.

When to use retinol?

If you want to apply retinol in-house without sun exposure, you should try a Retinol 0.3 concentrated facials cream from SkinCeuticals. This not only improves fine lines and signs of ageing, but also minimises your blemishes and breakouts.

This product is recommended for those who are using retinol for the first time. Before going to sleep, apply the treatment if you want to reduce irritation and improve discoloration and breakouts. The amount you apply must be the size of a pea, and you should spread it on your face using circular movements so that it greatly penetrates your skin.

When you are choosing your makeup product, search on the label for glycerine, licorice root extract, caffeine, salicylic acid, or tea tree oil.

These ingredients have calming effects, and you won’t have to worry about irritation or redness when applying products that cover your breakout.

Cosmetic products for acne that you should try

First of all, we highly recommend you see a dermatologist when you are struggling with acne. Skincare specialists will do consultations and recommend you not only the best cosmetic product and topical treatments but also therapies that will help you get rid of acne forever.

As mentioned before, retinol is one of the best products in your fight against acne. However, there are other topical cream treatments that you can use. One of them is vitamin C. C E ferulic with 15% L-Ascorbic Acid is a skin serum that works on all skin types, especially for sensitive ones. It has a brightening effect, it is a great choice for women who struggle with fine lines and wrinkles or loss of firmness. It also provides great protection against UV sun rays, ozone, and diesel exhaust. The nocive effect on skin is reduced with 41%. 

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Woman dealing with pimples

Therapies that are effective against acne

Therapies have proved to be effective against acne and acne scars. We recommend you see a skincare specialist or a dermatologist. They will create a treatment plan and guide you in your fight against acne. Moreover, the treatment is personalised for your skin type and needs. 

The best treatments for acne and acne scars are:

Microneedling – uses microscopic needles that penetrate your skin in order to stimulate new collagen production. It is used to reduce acne and scars. It is safe and should be repeated according to your doctor’s recommendation.

LED therapy is a non-surgical procedure that uses light to combat active acne. It will reduce inflammation and implementation and the appearance of scarring.

Microdermabrasion involves removing the top layer of skin with a rotating diamond. For hydradermabrasion, the device uses water that also exfoliates the skin. Acne scars and blemishes will no longer be as visible.

Where to get treatment for acne and acne scars?

Skinglow Clinic is the best place to find help in treating your acne and scars. If you are searching for a place where you can relax, feel comfortable and get proper guidance, pay us a visit in London, 216 Kensington Park Rd, Notting Hill. 

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