"This article regarding the use of proper creams for skin was published in Good Housekeeping magazine."

Cosmetics and Acne - it’s a catch- 22 situation! It couldn’t be worse with acne setting in at a time when people start to use cosmetics to look their best!! To conceal acne, more cosmetics are applied which worsen the condition. It’s a frustrating and vicious cycle. How can we break free from this??

Well, to begin with, be sure that no cream can work magic overnight and transform your problem skin into blemish-free skin! Though all acne problems appear similar, yet each persons' skin is different and requires individualised treatment. A visit to the dermatologist is warranted before starting any medication. That apart, to reduce the problem I have a few suggestions...

First- know your skin. It may range from oily to dry to sensitive. Those prone to acne tend to have oily skin. So, make sure the cosmetics that used are water based and essentially non-comedogenic. Avoid squeezing pimples as well as excessive cleansing of the skin. Use of an appropriate cleanser, followed by a toner may leave your skin looking fresh for a longer period of time.

Those who have dry skin can use cosmetics that are oil-based. This will not only resolve the dryness, but may even give you that coveted glow in place of dull-looking skin!

Those who have sensitive skin have to be more cautious. This type of skin breaks into a rash following use of almost all creams. Use of hypo-allergic products which are fragrance-free and dermatologically tested is best. Use creams that you have tried in the past and found safe, rather than using new products.

A few points to keep in mind while buying cosmetics:

Look at the labels.

Make sure the cream is suited for acne-prone skin, not just labelled as ‘for sensitive skin’ or ‘dermatologically tested ’ Some substances are prone to block pores.

These include isopropyl myristate, synthetic lanolins, isopropyl palmitate, decyloleate, myristle mysristate and a few others. Red colored blushes that contain dyes such as xanthenes, monoazoanilines, fluorans, and indigoids are comedogenic. So watch out for these ingredients- if the same is high up on the list, it is better avoided. The lesser, the better.

Use minimal make-up if it is to be kept on the face for long periods of time. For occasions, heavy cosmetics may be used but must be removed off at bedtime to avoid flare-up of acne. If any irritation is noticed following application of a cream, wash it off immediately.

At times sweat and sun too may contribute to irritation potential of a cream. When it comes to buying cosmetics, just choose carefully. You are the best judge as to what suits your skin. In case you still need help, it is just a phone call away……….