Each type of skin needs a different kind of exfoliation to be at its best. This is especially true for acne prone skin as improperly treating it can exacerbate the already existing problem. Every friend of a friend seems to have a miracle cure for helping keep skin clean during or before a breakout, but those often seem to do more harm than good. OROGOLD wishes to help clear up one thing right now: don’t use physical scrubs. Abrasive, physical scrubs cause minor cuts in breakouts that lead to you simply smearing all the bacteria and grime around on your face when you’re trying to clean it. Exfoliating acne prone skin should only be done through the use of a chemical exfoliator to get the best results.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids
Alpha hydroxy acids are used in a wide variety of skin care products, but you’ll most commonly find them in chemical exfoliators and cleansers. You’re more likely to recognize them under the names glycolic acid, lactic acid, and citric acid. There are others, but this class of acids all share several traits in common. They provide a relatively gentle acidity that is capable of dissolving and getting beneath upper layers of dead skin and breaking down the dead skin itself or loosening it from the rest of the skin enough that it can be washed away easily. It also helps clear away oils and grime from the skin using the same properties. They aren’t as potent as the primary beta hydroxy acid used in skin care though.
Salicylic acid, as a beta hydroxy acid, offers many of the same benefits as alpha hydroxy acids. The primary difference is the difference in strength between the compounds. The former is notably stronger and as a result often leaves a distinct tingling feeling on the skin after use and an extended application of it can lead to a very light burning sensation. However, this actually makes it even more suited for use as a chemical exfoliator for acne prone skin. It penetrates deeper, cleans more effectively, and even kills some of the bacteria associated with acne as it does so. OROGOLD does suggest you find a decent moisturizer to use in combination with any exfoliating product that uses salicyclic acid as its primary component though as the acid can dry out your skin easily. This in turn could lead to a worse breakout.
Peeling products and deep peels tend to use the previously mentioned acids, but there are occasional variations. The primary difference between a standard exfoliating agent and a peel is often in their concentrations. As a result, try to focus on using peels for particularly stubborn cases of acne as opposed to a primary means of dealing with them. You should also consult a dermatologist on whether such strong methods are even necessary for your particular case of acne. Dryness and inflammation of the skin can make breakouts worse easily and strong chemicals can cause both to happen at once. A good peeling agent can make a distinct difference if used correctly though.
Oily, acne prone skin is a difficult problem to manage, but it can be managed if you’re willing to focus on these rules and others for ensuring you don’t exacerbate a breakout. Taking proper care of problem skin won’t always prevent a breakout. This doesn’t mean you should ignore it though. Proper care helps minimize both the length and extent of a breakout. OROGOLD advises you to consult a dermatologist before taking any strong measure to combat acne though as they may have advice tailored to your skin specifically. Try to care for your skin as it will be with you for a long time.