Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your pores become clogged with dead skin cells and oil. Symptoms range from inflamed blackheads to pus-filled pimples or large, red, and tender bumps. While acne is a fairly common condition, there are lots of myths out there about how it should be treated. Here are our do’s and don’ts for dealing with acne.
Can I pop pimples?
While it may be tempting to pick or pop your acne, don’t do it.The popping and picking of acne will create scars.
Can I wear makeup?
Every product we put on our skin can affect it. For some people, an acne flare-up may be the result of the makeup they apply. While skipping makeup application all-together may not be preferable for some, there are steps you can take to test and see if your makeup is causing your acne. Do purchase makeup that is oil-free or non-comedogenic. Don’t wear makeup while working out. Make sure to remove makeup before participating in exercise that will cause you to sweat, as this will cause your pores to absorb both the sweat and makeup and dirt on your skin at the time.
What about sunscreen?
Don’t skip the SPF. Many people want to skip applying sunscreen to their acne-prone areas since it can feel oily or greasy. However, all of your skin needs to be protected from the sun – even the parts with acne. This can be especially important if you are actively using treatment products for your acne that contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or alpha-hydroxy acids your skin can be more vulnerable to sunburn. Do be sure to apply an oil-free sunscreen before spending time outdoors.
What should I wash with?
Generally, do use a mild cleanser to wash skin and remove dirt and oils. Don’t rinse with hot water or rub skin, as these can both cause a flare-up. If your acne is more than a typical breakout, do talk with your dermatologist about treatments and products specifically made for your condition. Don’t jump into a cleansing routine labeled for “acne” or troubled skin without speaking with your dermatologist.
How long does it take to clear acne?
Don’t rush the process. While the duration of a breakout or condition can vary, you should give a treatment plan at least 4-6 weeks to start working, although cases of severe can take up to 2-3 months to see significant results and cannot be treated with over-the-counter products you might find at the store. Do follow the advice of your dermatologist and their full treatment plan and duration to see optimum results.
If you struggle with persistent, severe acne, schedule an appointment with your board-certified dermatologist. Savannah River Dermatology is located at 575 Furys Ferry Rd in Augusta, Ga. For appointments or other questions, our office can be reached at 706-691-7079.