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Large Pores & Blemish-Prone Skin

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Blemish Prone Skin

“Blemish-prone skin” is probably the easiest of all the skin types to identify. It is usually skin that is a heavy oil producer and becomes inflamed and clogged from everyday environmental factors. For years, individuals with blemish-prone skin were labeled as lazy about skin care and hygiene, when the truth is that some people simply are more likely to develop breakouts and have problem skin. Here are some ways for treating blemish prone skin:

Cleansing

Wash with gel or liquid cleanser or any oil-preventing cleansing bar at least twice a day. Stripping the skin won’t help it, so opt in favor of gentler facial cleanser creams over stronger soaps. Hardened oil trapped in pores, not surface grease cause breakouts. Try “pre-treating” the skin before cleansing by using a hot towel as a compress on the skin for a few minutes (3-5) before washing with your favorite cleanser. If the skin doesn’t seem to be cleaned enough by this or is extremely oily, try using a medicated soap or cleanser formulated with triclosan, salicylic acid or benzoyil peroxide.

Toning

You can follow gel, liquid or bar cleanser with astringent and/or use toner to clean up during the day. However keep in mind that toners plus drying cleansers or acne medications may add up to excessive dryness.

Moisturizing

Always use a light, oil-free moisturizer when you have oily skin. You want a moisturizer that will absorb quickly into the skin, and leave it feeling dewy rather than slick or greasy. Heavy cream lotions are more likely to clog the pores and therefore should be avoided.

Spot Control

These days acne medications not only help clear up breakouts, but can help to unclog pores to prevent future blemishes. Benzoyl peroxide can be drying to the skin, so start with a milder, 5% concentration, and then go to 10% if the skin needs and tolerates it. Salicylic acid is less drying to the skin so it can be used with stronger cleansers. Avoid facial “scrubs” that have exfoliant ‘granules” as they can irritate blemishes if skin’s broken out. Clay masks sop up oil and remove surface cells, so feel free to add them to your routine once a week or so, but they’re no substitute for regular medication.
 
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