How to Wash an Acne-Prone Face

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Wash an Acne-Prone Face
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Washing acne prone skin can be the key to getting oily T-zones and problematic pores under control. Properly identifying what types of face wash to use, or to avoid, is a good first step. How you wash your face and how often can also have an effect.

Select the right face wash. Purchase facial cleansers that advertise salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide; the average amount is about 2 percent. Check the label to be sure your facial cleanser has these acne fighting ingredients. Avoid products with excess oil, which can clog pores. Also avoid common hand soaps, which can over dry your skin and cause breakouts.

Plan to wash your face first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Acne clearing facial cleansers should never be used more than twice a day. Use a generic facial cleanser without oil if you need to wash your face midday.

Check your water temperature. Know that while water that is too hot can be unpleasant, warm water will open the pores. Avoid cold water, which closes pores and prevents deep cleaning and the infiltration of your facial cleanser.

Wash your face with a clean cloth or your hands. Avoid abrasive pads or loofahs that can irritate breakouts and leave your skin red and uncomfortable. Use exfoliating facial brushes, such as those sold in drug stores, not more than once a day for best results. Wash your facial cloth regularly.

Use your fingers, brush or cloth in gentle circular movements avoiding the eye area. Avoid tugging and excess pressure. Wash face for about a minute; take your time. Rinse thoroughly and follow with a oil-free toner, oil-free moisturizer and acne spot treatment cream as needed. Be sure to rinse off all makeup before bed each day.

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