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AAD Discusses the Benefits of Customized Skin Care

Posted: December 3, 2009

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Exfoliating oily skin once or twice a week is sufficient, but Dr. Badreshia-Bansal cautioned that it is not necessary during acne breakouts, as the mechanical friction caused by exfoliation can make acne worse. She added that for skin that is prone to acne, avoiding products with cocoa butter, cinnamon and coconut oil will help prevent breakouts.

To help soften fine lines while reducing future breakouts, Dr. Badreshia-Bansal suggested using a retinol gel or serum nightly. “Your dermatologist can help recommend gentle and effective products that work together to improve the appearance of oily skin and help prevent acne,” said Dr. Badreshia-Bansal.

Sensitive skin tips

For sensitive skin, washing the face once a day should be enough to keep the skin clean. Dr. Badreshia-Bansal noted that exfoliation is not necessary and can worsen already sensitive skin.

“Avoiding products that contain fragrances, soap or alcohol will help patients with sensitive skin maintain skin health,” explained Dr. Badreshia-Bansal. “Calming ingredients, such as green tea polyphenols, chamomile, and aloe are beneficial and, as a general rule, the fewer ingredients in a product the better.”