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When you have acne-prone skin, you know that putting together the best skin care routine for your skin type is key. But what exactly should your skin care routine include—and can acne scrubs be a part of that? When you have acne-prone skin, you may be wondering if exfoliating can even be beneficial for your skin type. We chatted with Dr. Rocio Rivera, head of scientific communications for L’Oréal Paris, to find out whether or not it’s a good idea to use a face scrub for acne-prone skin. Keep reading for her advice on exfoliating if you have acne, as well as other skin care tips you can keep in mind.
The good news is that you can use a face scrub for acne! But it’s not that simple. It turns out that there are a few facts you should take into account before reaching for an acne scrub. “Keep in mind that problematic skin goes through many stages,” says Dr. Rivera. “You want to make sure you don’t over-scrub and that the scrubbing is very gentle.” No harsh rubbing here—use a light touch when you apply a face scrub to acne-prone skin.
Now that you know that you can use a face scrub when you have acne-prone skin, it’s time to find the best one for your skin type! Turn your attention to sugar scrubs. “It’s very easy to over-scrub, and a good way to avoid this is via a sugar scrub,” says Dr. Rocio. “The sugars melt as they are doing the exfoliation.” Our best face scrub for clogged skin is the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Kiwi Scrub, which effectively removes dirt, oil, and impurities from the surface of skin and polishes away dead skin. With continued use over time, pores look tighter, unclogged, and less visible. Three times a week, smooth a small amount of face scrub onto dry skin, then massage it over your face with wet fingers. Rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.
An acne scrub isn’t the only option you have for exfoliating acne-prone skin. Chemical exfoliation is also an option. “For this type of skin, a chemical exfoliation can also help to dissolve debris and dead skin cells on the surface of skin that clog pores and can lead to problematic skin,” says Dr. Rivera. You can use a skin care product formulated with glycolic acid to chemically exfoliate the skin’s surface. Dr. Rivera suggests the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads. “They’re an excellent dual exfoliator,” she says. Formulated with glycolic acid, the peel pads have a multi-ply texture that physically resurface dead skin cells. With continued use over time, these peel pads can also help brighten the appearance of skin and minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Besides using a face scrub, there are a few other steps you can take if you have acne-prone skin. According to the Food and Drug Administration, you can use skin care products such as gels, lotions, creams, soaps, and pads that are formulated with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide if you have mild acne. Keep in mind that it can take four to eight weeks to see results, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, so make sure to give any new skin care products specifically designed for acne some time to work. Even if your skin has cleared, you should continue use to help maintain results. For more severe acne, visit your dermatologist to come up with a skin care routine that’ll work for you.
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