There are many skin problems out there and more than enough treatments to take care of them. With such a wide range of options, which one is the best for you? Here are some things to keep in mind, sorted by ailment:
Go for non-comedogenic products, which don’t contain pore-clogging ingredients such as isopropyl palmitate, cocoa butter, butyl stearate, acetylated lanolin, and myristle myristate, among others. Clogged pores and oil can lead to breakouts.
On the flip side, avoid harsh cleansers and alcohol-based products. Over-cleansing, not dirt, can also cause breakouts. Opt for a non-irritating cleanser instead.
After quelling a breakout, fighting blemishes is your next challenge. But other than using a spot treatment, wearing sunscreen can also make blemishes fade faster. This is due to the fact that UV rays tend to stimulate the melanin cells in your blemish, making it even darker and more visible. So grab a non-comedogenic sunscreen to make sure that blemish totally disappears.
Since parched pelts can easily get irritated, steer clear of alcohol-based toners. Look for a gentle, fragrance-free, and soapless cleanser that contains ceramides. These ceramides help skin better hold on to moisture by replenishing the outer barrier of the skin. You can also use thick creams or emollients instead of scented lotions when moisturizing.
Wrinkles and fine lines
Don’t leave the job all up to an anti-aging product. As they say, prevention is better than a cure, so start by ensuring you’re always wearing sunscreen. Not only does it prevent sunburns, it also helps prevent the formation of wrinkles. Then make sure to get a moisturizer that contains tretinoin (commonly known as Retin A), the only FDA-approved topical treatment for wrinkles.
Dark under-eye circles
There are many eye creams out there, but those with caffeine or Arnica can help constrict the blood vessels that cause panda eyes. Meanwhile, creams with green tea or grapeseed oil can also make those little capilliaries stronger, preventing those dark circles from forming in the first place.