Whether you are a teenager or an adult, acne prone skin is always difficult to control. With help from your dermatologist in Gonzales, Prairieville and Baton Rouge, you can take the next step toward a glowing complexion without embarrassing acne bumps. Acne may have started in your teen years, which is the time when age and hormones meet to cause awful breakouts. Or, you might have begun to experience acne breakouts in your adult years. Either way, many people find acne bothersome and embarrassing. To reduce acne and damage to your skin, it is important to follow tips offered by your dermatologist at The Dermatology Clinic for the best care possible.
Cleanse Twice a Day with a Mild Cleanser
You might think that acne is simply caused by bad hygiene, but it is one of the biggest myths about acne. Breakouts begin a little deeper, in our follicles, which are the canals out of which our hair grows. Acne appears when the male hormone in both men and women causes these follicles to produce more oil, or sebum, than normal. As the sebum makes its way to the surface, it carries cells with it, which clump together and clog the pore. Once the pore is clogged, a pimple begins to form and bacteria move in, causing the red inflammation.
With that being said, even though bad hygiene isn’t the root of the problem, it is still a good idea to maintain a clean face to keep anything from clogging follicles or providing a breeding ground for bacteria. Be sure to wash your face twice a day, but avoid soaps as they can cause harm to your skin. Also, remember not to scrub your skin while cleaning. Although you might be tempted to scrub harder when you have something on your skin you don’t want, it is a bad strategy for acne prone skin. Avoid gritty facial washes, as well as cleansing tools like scratchy loofahs or scrubbers. Instead, massage in your gentle facial cleanser with your fingertips using lukewarm water. When you are finished, rinse, then pat-don’t rub-your skin dry.
Moisturize Your Skin
Many people think that adding moisture to already acne-ridden skin will produce more acne. However, moisturizers can actually help combat your acne. Many acne preparations have a significant drying effect on the skin, which might seem like a good thing. Over drying your skin can make matters worse-oil production might go into overdrive. To avoid this, make sure to moisturize your skin after cleansing.
It is important to use products that are oil-free or marked “nonacnegenic” or “noncomedogenic,” meaning they won’t wedge roadblocks of gunk in your pores. If you are treating a breakout with topical acne medication, be sure to apply the moisturizer after the medicine is used.
The Do Not’s of Acne Care
One of the most important don’ts of acne skin care is: Do not pop your pimples. You may be tempted to extract some of the gunk from the pimple, but there is a lot more happening underneath the skin’s surface than you might realize. When a pimple is squeezed, the follicle wall is put under intense pressure. If the wall bursts, infected material spills from the pore and into the dermis, which can cause more inflammation, and other pimples to soon follow. Popping pimples also runs the risk for scarring. So do not pop, squeeze, or otherwise pick at your blemishes.
Additionally, do not use too many acne treatment products at one, or apply them too often. By doing this, it won’t help your acne clear faster. Instead, it will leave your skin super dry and irritated. Don’t layer products on your skin, but do space applications throughout the day. If you notice any irritation, scale back the use of the treatment products to every other day or drop the second product altogether.
Follow your Gonzalez dermatologist’s recommendations on products that are right for your skin. With proper care, you can say goodbye to embarrassing acne.