What To Do When Your Acne Clients' Skin Gets Dry
One of the most common complaints of even the best acne products is that they irritate and dehydrate the skin. Clients tend to stop using their acne products when their skin gets dry and peels, so they never get completely clear, nor do they stay clear. Let's go over some strategies that can make using acne products a more productive, comfortable process.
Any product that is strong enough to get acne under control is inherently dehydrating – that’s just the way it is, but there are ways we can alleviate this problem while their skin is adapting to products. Telling your client this ahead of time makes them way less anxious when it does happen.
1. The best strategy is to start off using products very slowly. Allow their skin to gradually adapt to your products.
2. Add a water-based hydrator like our Hydrabalance to layer under their morning sunscreen and their evening benzoyl peroxide. Remember to not use any moisturizer or cream with oil in it as it will stop the action of the benzoyl peroxide. The benzoyl will not be able to penetrate into the pores to do its work of stopping acne from forming.
3. Dryness around the mouth and chin area is a very common reaction to benzoyl peroxide. When it happens, they can apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly on the dry area (smile lines) before applying the benzoyl peroxide. Do this for just a few days and then have them resume the benzoyl peroxide again. Rest assured that petroleum jelly will not cause their skin to break out.
4. Another option is to take a 1 to 3-day break from their routine. Just cleanse, tone and use your noncomedogenic sunscreen, like our Daily SPF 30 in the morning. Then cleanse, tone and use a noncomedogenic moisturizer, like our Clearderma, at night. When you start your routine again you will resume where you left off.
5. The last option is to get acne products that are not quite as strong and have them work their way up slowly to stronger products.
**Word of caution – if your client take too many breaks, they will not clear either. If they are chronically dry, then it’s time to readjust their home care routine to one that their skin can tolerate it.
The path to clear skin is not easy – it’s best to have someone who is experienced to help you help your clients get there. You will get all the knowledge AND support with our online course, Proven Strategies for Treating Acne.
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