While you may sometimes feel this way, having acne doesn’t mean you should have to hide your skin in shame. Even though the pimples and redness can be embarrassing, there are some things you can do to soothe, protect and improve your skin. Your dermatologist can recommend at-home skincare tips that address common causes of acne, like fluctuating hormones or dead skin cell build-up, to help you manage your symptoms and find new confidence in your skin.
- Avoid Acne Triggers: While you may not be able to regulate hormones on your own, you can avoid certain acne triggers that can aggravate your acne. Restrictive hats or headbands, for example, can trap sweat against the skin while certain makeup and hair products can similarly irritate the skin. Avoid making existing pimples worse by picking or squeezing blemishes, and talk to your dermatologist about any medications you are taking. In some cases, medications can worsen or prolong breakouts.
- Maintain a Skin Care Routine: While improper skin care does not cause acne, it certainly doesn’t help improve it. Use a gentle cleanser recommended or prescribed by your dermatologist to wash your face twice a day. You can also ask your physician about the best skincare products for acne, like light moisturizers or spot treatments.
- Seek Medical Help: For some patients, treating acne requires a more aggressive approach than what you are capable of doing yourself at home. Schedule an appointment with your dermatologist about your acne. He or she may prescribe topical and oral medications to curb breakouts and may also recommend laser skin treatments to reduce the appearance of redness or scarring.
For more information about at-home or medical acne treatment, contact Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. To locate an office or dermatologist near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.