How to Treat & Prevent Mild Acne
This post is part of a comprehensive series on Acne. To start at the beginning, click here.
MILD ACNE is when you can visibly see whiteheads, blackheads, and a few red pimples that contain no fluid. These come from clogged pores that are not inflamed. At this point the bacteria has not caused any (or very little) inflammation. Treating this level of acne is very easy with the correct products.
Up to 70% of teens will get this type of acne, and even this can be embarrassing and cause mild scarring if not treated properly. However, you can suffer from mild acne at any age.
Treating Mild Acne
As with any treatment you need to give it time. It’s recommended that you use ANY products for 6 – 8 weeks to get maximum results, however there should be visible improvement in your skin within 1-2 weeks.
Step 1: Remove dead skin cells & excess oil.
You can use a mild cleanser such as Enzyme Cleanser along with a gentle exfoliate such as Exfoliating MicroPeel Crème. These 2 products are gentle enough to not cause drying, but will help to keep the pores open so the air can enter and kill the acne “p” bacteria.
Step 2: Kill the bacteria.
Use our gentler Wasabi Toner with Niacinamide to kill the acne “p” bacteria. This can be used several times a day. For any inflamed pimples, you can use our spot treatment “zapper” with Micro-Encapsulated Salicylic Acid to help open the pore and kill the bacteria.
Step 3: Reduce inflammation & swelling.
We recommend Pink Silk, which contains super anti-inflammatory antioxidant Astaxanthin. This lightweight non-greasy serum will reduce redness & protect the skin from free radicals without clogging pores.
Step 4: Use sunscreen to keep redness and inflammation at bay.
Using acne ingredients can make your skin more sensitive to the sun’s harmful rays, so it’s especially important to wear a facial sunscreen that won’t clog pores, like our Ultra Shield 30 Moisturizer.
Recommended Products for Mild Acne:
Next week we’ll be discussing Moderate Acne, and its specific characteristics and needs.