Banish Breakouts with Simple Skin Care Tips
Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. Fortunately, acne can often be reduced with simple changes to a person’s skin care routine. For instance, it’s very common for patients with acne to scrub their skin and to use harsh products, yet doing so often makes acne worse. In order for acne to improve, people with acne must be gentle when touching their skin and use gentle products, such as those that are alcohol-free. Following these tips will give you the clear skin you crave, and banish breakouts for good:
- Wash twice a day and after sweating. Perspiration, especially when wearing a hat or helmet, can make acne worse, so wash your skin as soon as possible after sweating.
- Use your fingertips to apply a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser. Using a washcloth, mesh sponge or anything else can irritate the skin. Do not use skin care products that irritate the skin, which may include astringents, toners and exfoliants. Dry, red skin makes acne appear worse.
- Rinse with lukewarm water.
- Shampoo regularly. If you have oily hair, shampoo daily.
- Let your skin heal naturally. If you pick, pop or squeeze your acne, your skin will take longer to clear and you increase your risk of getting acne scars.
- Keep your hands off your face. Touching your skin throughout the day can cause flare-ups.
- Stay out of the sun and tanning beds. Tanning damages your skin. In addition, some acne medications make the skin very sensitive to ultraviolet (UV) light, which you get from both the sun and indoor tanning devices.
- Using tanning beds increases your risk for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, by 75 percent, and the risk increases with each use. VISIA Skin Analysis to detect sun damage available at the Skin Klinic.
- Make an appointment to see a board-certified doctor if your acne makes you shy or embarrassed, the products you’ve tried haven’t worked, or your acne is leaving scars or darkening your skin. Today, virtually every case of acne can be successfully treated.
These tips are helpful in combating acne flare-ups and revealing clear, beautiful skin. For more information about how to get the clear skin you want, contact Shapiro Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Skin Klinic.