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I just got asked this question this past week and wanted to share my answer. One important point that you should come away with is that there is no routine that works for every single person. You will always have to customize your acne skin care routine to suit your skin.

Question:

Will this routine help stop my acne?
-Keeping all hair out of my face all the time
-Stop wearing any makeup for a while
-Deep cleansing daily w/ warm water
-Exfoliating every other day w/ cold water
-Moisturizing with “Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer” by Aveeno
-Before going to bed, wash my face with “Clear Complexion Gentle Foam Wash” by Aveeno w/cold water
-After that, moisturize again with “Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer”

I don’t have reaaaaallly bad acne. Just a few pimpes on my forehead and a little on my cheecks and chin and stuff, but I want CLEAR, EVEN skin. so do you think this will help? also what do you recommend?

Answer:

You have some good ideas here, but you will have to experiment to see what works best for you. There is no one method that is a cure-all for everyone. A few tips I would add:

  • Stick to a sulfate-free shampoo, such as Free & Clear Shampoo or Pureology Zero-Sulfate Shampoo. Some people break out from sulfates.
  • If you are going to exfoliate, use a product with glycolic acid or similar, such as those by Glytone. Stay away from anything harsh. It will just irritate your skin and make you break out more.
  • Only use moisturizer if you need it. There’s no reason to slather on moisturizer if your skin isn’t dry at all. Only use it where you need it.
  • The cold/hot water idea isn’t necessary. You should never use really hot water since it can damage your skin. Use lukewarm water only. If your skin feels better splashing on cold water after cleaning, go for it.
  • Get a topical treatment for the areas where you break out and use it daily. Most treatments also act as a preventative. You have to keep using the treatment to keep the acne away.
  • If you do need to use moisturizer, wait until the acne treatment is completely dry first before applying it.

Hope that helps. Good luck!

P.S. If you are looking for a complete skin care system with glycolic acid, take a look at MedSkin. Their three step system contains varying strengths of glycolic acid, a much more effective exfoliant for your skin than harsh abrasives

MedSkin Acne Rx System combines advanced skin care technology with prescription-strength ingredients to provide a clinically proven over-the-counter acne treatment.

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