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Over the last few years, a new skincare tool has been all the rage for people spanning the entire spectrum of skin types. Offering users a deep clean, a variety of facial cleansing brushes claim to deliver a healthy glow and a blemish-free complexion. But are these brushes doing more harm than good for acne-prone skin?
Designed to give users the cleanest clean possible, brushes work to remove dirt, grime, makeup and bacteria with the help of oscillating bristles or heads. Intended to keep pores clean in a similar style to microdermabrasion, brushes offer an at-home exfoliating treatment that was previously only available at the hands of a dermatologist or aesthetician.
Whether brushing is indeed a skincare breakthrough or just a trend, it is important for those with acne-prone skin to be aware of the positive and negative aspects associated with brushing before making a decision to add another element to your skincare ritual. Here are just a few.
Following the major success of early brands to hit the market, there are now many options to choose from. The two types of skincare brushes available, sonic and rotating, both feature nylon bristles. The sonic brush oscillates back and forth at a rate of 300 motions per second while the rotating brush moves in a circular motion. Facial cleansing brushes typically range in price from as low as $15 for a drugstore design, to over $100 for a higher-end model. When it comes to using a motorized tool to clean your complexion, it is not recommended to skimp on this purchase, as you really do get what you pay for.
Using a brush can be a beneficial supplement to an existing skincare regimen. Users and developers alike suggest gradually introducing the tool into your routine, starting at once a week, and adding use until the right amount for your skin is found. Most dermatologists recommend a maximum of three days a week. It is important to stick with a gentle facial wash, free of exfoliating beads, as too much exfoliation can break down skin tissues which can lead to inflammation and irritation. Always remember to moisturize and be sure to replace brushes every three months for the best results.
Exfoliating the surface is a good step in helping your skin remain healthy and free of breakouts. However, “treating” not “helping” is a key word here as retaining clear skin requires that the problem be addressed at the source, among the oil-producing sebaceous glands. AcnEase® is a 100% herbal formula, used to treat acne at its source as it works to prevent the outward symptoms of breakouts. AcnEase® works to manage the relationship between hormones and sebaceous glands, allowing the glands to produce oil at a normal rate, naturally eliminating acne symptoms and simultaneously preventing new breakouts. If you’re thinking of adding a facial cleansing brush to your skincare routine, pairing it with a systemic treatment such as AcnEase® is your best bet for achieving and maintaining clear, healthy skin.
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