It may be used as a stereotyped as a teenage problem, but acne affects people of all ages. Anyone with pores is susceptible, which is why so many of those skincare products that promise a clear complexion fly off the shelves. Whether you’re in the throes of a breakout or enjoying a period of remission, below are some tips to help you in every stage – before, during, and after a breakout.
Before a Breakout
- Look for oil-free sunscreen, makeup, and other skincare products. Too much oil can clog your pores, leading to acne.
- Instead of buying skincare products based on the claims written on the bottle, check out the active ingredients. Talk to one of our board-certified dermatologists about what’s best for you, because different types of acne (like bacterial acne versus hormonal acne) and different skin types have unique needs.
- Besides washing your face twice per day, you should also wash it after you sweat, especially if you’ve been wearing a hat or helmet.
- Always remove makeup before you go to bed.
- Shampoo your hair regularly, especially if your hair becomes oily rather quickly.
- Try to avoid touching your face, so you’ll transfer as little dirt to your face as possible.
During a Breakout
- Cut to the chase and visit a dermatologist about your acne. There are many different types and causes of acne, and we can determine the best way to address your unique needs, whether it be through customized topical medications, oral prescriptions, antibiotics, laser treatments, or other methods.
- Don’t pop or pick at your blemishes, because this will be more likely to cause scarring.
- Don’t assume a high pricetag means a product will be effective.
- Use your products exactly as you’ve been instructed to, whether this means following the directions on the packaging or following your doctor’s instructions.
- Be patient. It can take several weeks or even a few months for some acne treatments to be effective, so stick with one to truly see if it works before you irritate your skin further by jumping around from one product to the next.
- When you apply cleanser or skincare products, be gentle and use your fingertips rather than a rough and irritating washcloth or sponge.
After a Breakout
- If you have acne scars left behind, explore your options for scar revision. We can recommend procedures based on your specific scarring, like chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or surgery if necessary.
- Keep using acne-fighting ingredients. Just make sure you discuss with a dermatologist whether you should be changing your routine when your acne is and isn’t active.
If you’re dealing with acne, the most important thing to remember is that while the condition is common, it CAN be treated – you don’t need to “wait it out” and suffer in silence. However, this is best done with the help of a professional. Schedule a consultation at DAA to discuss your acne. Or, for more great skincare tips and our latest special offers, join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.