There are acne sufferers right now this very minute standing in front of a drug store shelf somewhere and wondering which acne skin cream to buy. There are still many others who are standing in front of their bathroom mirrors right now wondering if the cream they bought will really work for them. They all want the same thing. They want to watch their acne disappear as quickly as possible, but how can anyone know if a particular acne therapy product is right for them?
The answer is that it takes a little bit of time and experimentation. That’s because everyone has their own unique body chemistry and different acne products will work differently on each one of those chemistries. But it doesn’t have to be a crap shoot. There are ways for you to narrow down what works best for you.You can begin by concentrating on the treatment’s active ingredient. Most over-the-counter acne gels or creams use either Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid as their active ingredient. Each one has their strengths.
Benzoyl Peroxide works on the bacteria that can inflame your clogged pores and influence your acne breakouts. It reduces the bacteria count and also acts as a peeling and drying agent on your skin. The peeling helps your skin get rid of excess dead skin cells that (along with sebum) can clog your pores in the first place. The drying helps to dry out existing whiteheads and blackheads.
Salicylic Acid works a bit differently. It slows down the skin cell shedding so that there’s less debris in your pores to form the clogs. It’s also very good at breaking up whiteheads and blackheads that may have already formed.
So when you choose an acne treatment, know what its active ingredient is. Start with the lowest dosage you can find – that would be the concentration level that the active ingredient has in the product itself. Then use it as directed and pay attention to the results you get. If you’re not getting any noticeable positive results after a few weeks, you can try a higher concentration level of the ingredient.
If, after another good trial run, there still aren’t results you can see, you can switch to another acne product, one that uses the other active ingredient. Then you repeat the trial and observation process.Keep in mind that it takes weeks as well as discipline to beat down acne.
You many need to treat your breakout areas multiple times every day in order to get the upper hand. And when you do gain that upper hand, you still have to keep treating your acne regularly to keep it in check. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to consult with your doctor before you even begin any acne treatment plan.
Finding which acne skin cream is right for you isn’t rocket science, but it is at least a small part-time job. But the time and effort is worth it. Because when you finally do get the right products working for you, you’ll finally get control of your acne.