Sunday, February 12, 2012

Dealing with your Acne Problems: Acne Treatment Creams and Acne Scar Treatments

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By Martha Fitzharris

Acne treatments are a truly global process that shouldn't just help you deal with acne breakouts, but also help you treat issues such as scarring and pigmentation problems. No other way will you achieve smooth, blemish free skin.

First of all, address your acne problem. Dealing with mild to moderate acne is fairly simple and involves a regular cleansing routine.

A consistent cleansing routine will help rid your skin of acne bacteria, dead skin cells and extra sebum. When your skin is free of these components, you will have less clogged pores and fewer acne breakouts. This also reduces your chances of developing acne scars.

The Best Acne Treatment - The Basics

Maintaining a basic cleansing routine is quite simple. All you need to do is cleanse, tone, and moisturize regularly. Use a soapy cleanser that contains salicylic acid.

Use an oil-free toner to eliminate makeup or residue that wasn't completely removed using your cleanser. To prepare your skin for other skin products while eliminating dead skin cells, exfoliate at least once a week. If you're in your 40s you may want to exfoliate twice a week.

Moisturizing is the final step in your cleansing routine. Pick an oil-free moisturizer that is also non-comedogenic. Some moisturizers are also marketed as "light" or "ultra-light" and will work well with oily and combination skin.

Include an acne treatment to complete your acne skin care treatment regimen. You may only need to apply an acne cream on specific areas. So, don't overdo it.

Acne Scar Treatments

There are times when no matter what acne treatment you use, you can still develop acne scars. If this is the case, make sure that you choose products that contain essential ingredients for scar removal. One very special ingredient is rose hip seed oil.

This special ingredient is extracted from the rose hips of a bush found in South America. Some South American tribes have used it for centuries as a treatment option for eczema, rosacea and dermatitis. Rose hip oil is not a treatment for acne, so wait for your acne to clear up before applying it to your scars.

Rose hip oil contains key components that work together to eliminate scar tissue and promote the growth of new cells. As a matter of fact, some reports have stated that it can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

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