Acne is a condition that requires diligence to conquer. There are different acne facial treatments to choose from depending on skin type. There is no such thing as a cookie cutter one-size-fits-all regimen when acne is concerned.

There are basically four skin types which include normal skin, dry skin, oily skin, and combination skin. To treat acne appropriately, it is best to know what types of cleansers and moisturizers to use on these four different skin types.

Cleansers are made with different active ingredients like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and sulfur to name a few.

Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide- based cleansers work by promoting healthy cell regeneration by removing old skin cells which plug the pores and killing the bacteria P. acnes which causes inflammation.

Sulfur-based cleansers promote healthy collagen building and keratin proteins which are vital in skin cell rejuvenation.

When choosing a moisturizer, it is very important to know what’s in the moisturizer. Moisturizers tend to be either humectants or emollients. Humectants hold water in the outer skin layer. Emollients draw water from the air and hold that moisture in the skin. Mixing up the two can be disastrous on the skin and put a wrench in an otherwise prudent plan for acne prevention and maintenance.

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Persons with normal to dry skin would benefit from a moisturizer with extra virgin olive oil. Olive oil has been used as a moisturizer for centuries and will not clog the pores as easily as heavy emollient based moisturizers. Olive oil attracts moisture and holds it close to the skin, and let’s not forget that it is all natural.

Persons with combination to oily skin would benefit from an oil-free moisturizer which will do the job of getting moisture into the skin cells without a heavy layer of oil to plug the pores.

Two types of oil-free moisturizers are available. One group contains strictly oil-free products, such as propylene glycol and glycerin that can cause dry irritated skin. The second group contains emollient esters which with the help of science, behave like oil but are not oil. Esters have been shown to be possibly comedogenics (substances that cause acne).

The correct use of moisturizers and cleansers is crucial to help stop the cycle of acne breakouts and blemishes. Using the appropriate acne facial treatments will set you on the road to a fresh dewy complexion that anyone would envy.