Keeping Acne Under Control

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Acne is a very common condition that affects nearly 80% of teenagers, as well as a sizable portion of the adult population. An occasional pimple or blemish may be unavoidable; however, for those struggling with serious acne problems, there are professional treatments available. There are also a number of steps that you can take on your own that may be able to reduce or eliminate your acne blemishes. Here are a few of the most important factors:

Hygiene

Just to be clear: simply because someone struggles with acne problems does not necessarily mean that they have poor hygiene habits. Also, changing your hygiene habits alone may not completely solve your acne issues. However, it is possible that a couple changes can make a big difference. For example:

● Wash your face daily with a gentle soap or cleaning product. Avoid washing your face more than twice per day, however, as this can cause irritation and ultimately be counterproductive.
● Keep your hair clean and free of oily products such as hair gel and fragrances. These products can clog the pores of the skin, potentially causing a breakout.
● Avoid touching your face excessively, as this can transfer bacteria and potentially irritate the skin. Though it may be tempting to pop pimples, this is a big no, as it can cause longer-term damage.

Products and Medications

There are many products and medications available to help people who are struggling with acne. Though a more serious acne problem may necessitate professional treatment from a dermatologist, mild acne problems can sometimes be controlled through an over-the-counter product. Here are a few important things to consider:

● Benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or lactic acid are all common over-the-counter acne medications that can be effective for some people.
● Moisturizer can help limit the drying effect of these medications–just make sure you look for a non-comedogenic (non-acne causing) product!
● Use Makeup sparingly, even though it can be tempting to use makeup to hide acne. Makeup can ultimately clog up pores, causing further acne difficulties.

Lifestyle

LIfestyle has a big effect on the health of our skin (just as it has a big effect on health in general!) Eating healthy foods in healthy quantities while also getting regular excersize can help limit acne breakouts and other skin issues. Additionally, excessive exposure to the sun can have a negative effect on your skin in general–and many acne products make the skin extra-sensitive to this problem. Make sure that you limit exposure to the sun in peak hours, and always use a non-comedogenic sunscreen when exposure is necessary. Last but not least, stress has been shown to be a contributing factor to acne problems, so make sure you limit stressing factors in your life and regularly take time to relax!

If you have taken all of the advice above into account but continue struggling with acne, you may need to seek the help of a medical professional. Schedule an appointment with one of our providers here!

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