Acne-prone skin is skin that develops acne very easily, as a result of any number of things from oily makeup to genetics. Acne, a skin condition distinguished by pimples, blackheads, or other blemishes, affects nearly everyone at some point in life, usually during the teenage years. People with acne-prone skin may experience more severe acne or acne that does not disappear after the teen years.
Acne is often a problem for people with extremely dry or extremely oily skin. Very harsh cleansers and exfoliators tend to dry the skin out and cause more harm than benefit. People with acne-prone skin should be careful to use a mild cleanser on the affected skin daily, gently exfoliate, and keep the skin moisturized but not over-moisturized. One should choose a water-based moisturizer instead of one with an oil base to minimize excess oil on the face, which can cause breakouts. Some brands offer moisturizers with acne-fighters, such as salicylic acid, built into the formula.
Acne-prone skin can be very sensitive to different types of makeup. Sometimes, experimentation is needed to determine which kind of makeup causes the least problems, but a general rule of thumb is to avoid makeup and other products that contain oil. Products which advertise the phrases “non-comedogenic” or ”non-acnegenic” are claiming that they will not cause acne or aggravate an existing breakout.
Sometimes stubborn acne is caused by other factors that may not have been accounted for. Touching the affected skin with unwashed hands could transfer dirt and oil to the skin. Hair products may also drip down onto the forehead and face and could possibly block pores and exacerbate the condition. Occasionally, persistent breakouts could be the result of continual use of a product to which the user is allergic.
There are many treatments available for acne-prone skin. Most skin care experts recommend using products with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide on the affected areas to help clear up the acne. For very severe or stubborn acne, one should consult with a dermatologist, as several prescription options are also available. When using acne treatments, one should take care to use a sunscreen daily, as many acne treatments increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun.
Sometimes, overly harsh treatments or trauma from picking acne-prone skin can lead to scarring or pitting of the skin. While acne can be treated with relative ease, scarred skin is often permanent. Most skin care experts recommend not picking or popping acne and seeing a dermatologist to ensure that the right treatment is being used.