Regardless of your skin type or the type of acne breakouts you have, the goal of any acne treatment regimen is to keep your pores from getting clogged. Once a pore is clogged, the bacteria that cause acne begin to build up. Before you know it, you’ve got a visible blemish that you’ll need to treat, heal and cover up. In order to find the best acne treatment regimen for your skin, you need to figure out what’s clogging your pores. Here are the three most common causes of clogged pores and how to treat them.
Acne Cause #1: Excess Skin Cells and Oil From an Overproduction of Hormones
The most common type of acne is Hormonal Acne, which is when over-activity of the adrenal gland causes your body to produce both excess sebum (oil) and excess skin cells. While the excess oil contributes to clogged pores, it’s really the extra skin cells in microscopic hair follicles that cause most acne and blemish breakouts. While many people believe that the cause of acne breakouts is oil, it’s more often the buildup of dead skin cells beneath the surface of the skin that leads to clogged pores and blemishes. The best way to treat this problem is with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), such as Salicylic Acid, the primary acne medication in Murad Acne Complex® products. AHAs and BHAs slough away dead skin cells beneath the skin’s surface to reduce and eliminate clogged pores.
Customer Review: Acne Complex Kit
“I had used pretty much every acne product on the market, and nothing worked. I tried the Acne Complex Introductory Kit on a whim, and for the first time I feel comfortable without makeup. My face cleared up in about two weeks and now I will be a lifelong customer. Thanks!” Lara, Tennessee
Acne Cause #2: Dead Skin Cells From Dry or Irritated Skin
You don’t have to have oily skin to break out. Even with dry skin, dead skin cells on the surface can flake off and ultimately clog pores. Anytime a pore becomes clogged, the end result is an acne blemish. In fact, for people with dry skin, breakouts on the face are as common as back acne and body acne breakouts. So how do you treat and minimize breakouts due to clogged pores from dead, dry or damaged skin? The solution is to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. Begin by “eating your water,” as Dr. Murad describes in his best-selling book The Water Secret, by eating plenty of water-rich fruits and vegetables each day. Then, hydrate your skin topically with an oil-free moisturizer that won’t clog your pores, such as Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion.
Customer Review: Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion
“My skin is sensitive, but also prone to moderate acne breakouts. Acne products are often too harsh, non-acne products usually don’t treat my acne well enough and moisturizers are generally too oily/heavy. This product, however, is very well balanced. It treats my acne, does not dry out my skin, and is lightweight.” macnz, San Diego, CA
Acne Cause #3: Oil and Residue From Makeup or Skin Care Products
If you wear makeup daily or use oil-based moisturizers, the oil and other ingredients of what you put on your skin can result in clogged pores and acne breakouts. The good news is that this type of acne, known as acne cosmetica, is the easiest type of acne to control. In order to reduce blemishes caused by clogged pores from makeup and skin care products, wash your face each evening. And be sure to choose makeup and skin care products that will help to control oil while improving skin health, such as Murad Skin Perfecting Primer Acne and Shine Control.
Customer Review: Murad Skin Perfecting Primer Acne and Shine Control
“Fell in love as soon as I put it in my skin! Great product for oily, acne-prone skin. I have tried so many different primers and none of them work as well as the skin primer from Murad. I first used it today at 7:00 a.m. to go to work and right now it’s 4:32 p.m. and my skin looks shine-free and my makeup looks great.” Aya12, Florida
No matter what is clogging your pores, the first step to clear skin is to eliminate clogged and blocked pores. To learn more about the best acne products and treatments and the facts behind acne, visit the Murad Acne Treatment and Resource Center.