Acne, the dreaded four letter word when it comes to your skin. It appears then leaves lasting red and brown marks, causing worry and anxiety. But don’t fret, at Skin Joy Dermatology we have many solutions to treat and prevent acne, pimples, blemishes, bumps, and dark marks.
When it comes to your skin and acne prevention, there are some do’s and don’ts you should follow:
Do: Wash your face at least daily with gentle cleanser appropriate for your skin type (dry, normal, oily, or combination).
Don’t: Use a scrub or harsh exfoliant every day. This can actually INCREASE oil production.
Do: Wear mineral-based makeup and powders that don’t clog your pores.
Don’t: Use oily creams or liquid foundations that clog your pores and cause acne.
Do: Look for the word “non-comedogenic” in your facial cleansers, moisturizers, and sunscreen as these will not clog your pores and cause acne.
Don’t: Use greasy products or apply oils directly to your face if you have acne prone skin.
Do: Go to a medical clinic to get extractions of blackheads and treat angry, red pimples and zits.
Don’t: Attempt to pop zits on your own. This can cause bacteria to enter your skin and cause a much larger pimple, two or three times the original size.
Acne treatments that work:
- Light therapy. A new therapy for acne that works! Non-pharmaceutical and safe to use in pregnancy.
- Acne lasers- intense light directed at acne kills the bacteria and can improve acne with only 3-4 treatments.
- Retinols and retinoids. Vitamin A based creams and gels that help bring deeply rooted acne to the surface, purging them from your skin.
- Tea-tree oil. A nature-made oil that kills acne-causing bacteria and reduces inflammation in the skin.
“In season” acne treatments that don’t work as well:
- Charcoal masks. These glue based masks that are peeled off remove the small hairs on the face, but can also clog pores causing acne and oily skin. Clay masks have been around for decades and work just as well.
- Apple cider vinegar. Does nothing for acne. Can help to remove oil from the skin but can also irritate the skin.