Using the appropriate acne products is also important. Not all acne conditions and skin types are the same, and not every client’s regimen will look the same either. When starting a client on a new active such as an Alpha Hydroxy Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide product, it is important to do a sensitivity test. Because many acne sufferers have tried products and given up when they only saw irritation and no results, it is important to take a progressive approach when beginning active acne products.
You may choose to slowly progress from using a product once a day, every other day, to every day twice a day depending on the client’s tolerance. Creating a timed schedule for the first couple of weeks is also an option. For example, you could begin using a BPO for timed increments and wash it off after the specified time has completed. Each day, you could increase the amount of time the product is left on to slowly acclimate the skin to the potentially irritating side effects that sometimes occur. Most of my clients start with one active at a time and allows the skin to adjust to that active before adding another active. Drying the skin out with the wrong approach only causes more acne.
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