Lather, Rinse, Repeat

These are the words that you will often find on shampoo bottles and skin cleansers. There has never been more damaging advice, especially where acne sufferers are concerned.

What few acne sufferers realize is that over-cleansing is one of the leading causes of acne aggravation. Why on earth is that? Surely cleaner is better when it comes to treating acne.

Generally speaking, good hygiene is the way to improve our health and well-being. Acne works slightly differently though – the skin does need some cleansing in order to remove oil and grime accumulated throughout the day, but needs less than you think.

The easiest way to explain it is that acne prone skin is already, by nature, very sensitive and prone to aggravation. Too much attention makes it even worse.

The very action of cleaning can aggravate acne really badly – this is because you are applying friction in order to get the area clean.

This friction stimulates oil production and the whole process starts again. The process is also pretty harsh on the skin, especially if you use medicated products.

These products work by drying out the skin – good for acne, not the rest of the skin. Minimize the damage by using them only twice daily.

According to, new research has shown that it is important to avoid touching your face as far as possible when you have acne – it has also proven that hygiene plays a very small role.

Increase the efficacy of treatments by using products targeted to your particular skin condition rather than employing a shotgun approach and hoping it works.

YOu may also want to improve your diet and get enough exercise every day – blood sugar dips are credited with creating hormonal imbalances.

Hormonal imbalances, in turn, lead to the increased production of sebum and this, in turn, means that there are more acne attacks – the worse the imbalance, the worse the acne.

So once again, what you put into your face is more important than what you put onto your face. Clean up your eating habits now.