Acne Prevention Tips by Skin Type

Written by Jennifer Choi, M.D.

Tips for Acne-Prone Skin

Some people with oily or acne-prone skin benefit from incorporating witch hazel during cleansing. If you are experiencing major acne breakouts, you may want to explore with your dermatologist an acne regimen that incorporates salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide in the cleanser for the face and a salicylic acid wash or a wash that contains benzoyl peroxide for the body. These ingredients are great at fighting acne and cleaning out your pores.

Look out for products marked as non-comedogenic. The best acne-fighting ingredients are salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, and Vitamin A. These acne-fighting ingredients may make you more sensitive to the sun so it is important to wear sunscreen every day to help protect your skin.

Tips for Dry & Sensitive Skin

If your skin is dry or very sensitive, you can use a gentle facial hydrating cleanser.

Tips for Combination Skin

If your skin is a combination or oily type then wash twice a day in order to keep the oil down and reduce the concentration of acne-causing bacteria on the skin’s surface. Cleansing with water and a gentle cleanser is always the best way to ensure a healthy skin surface but occasionally if you are super tired from a long day, if you are traveling, or if you are on the go, cleansing wipes can be used to wash the face in a pinch.

Tips if you have Papules & Pustules

If papules and pustules are what you are experiencing, use something like a benzoyl peroxide wash and topical retinol or retinoid. This will help both fight acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation.