Acne is an extremely common skin disease, in fact, approximately 80 percent of those ages 11 to 40 have had an acne outbreak at some point in their lives. Treating acne effectively can be an uphill battle, so it is imperative that you treat your skin in the correct way to alleviate symptoms and prevent outbreaks in the future.
What Exactly Is Acne?
In order to treat acne, it’s important to understand why it occurs. There are small holes in your skin called pores that are connected to oil glands. The oil carries dead skin cells to the surface. When the pore becomes clogged, a pimple forms. Many people experience acne on their face, but it is also commonly found on the neck, back, chest, and shoulders.
There are three main goals in treating acne:
- To heal the pimples. First, pimples must be treated to reduce their appearance.
- To prevent new pimples. Once the pimples have been cleared, it is important to create conditions in which new pimples are unlikely to form.
- To prevent scarring. In severe cases, prolonged and untreated outbreaks can cause permanent scarring.
What are the Best Tips for Treating Acne?
There are several things that you can do at home to heal the pimples, prevent them from forming, and to stop scars from appearing.
Wash Skin Correctly – Do not Scrub!
Scrubbing skin when washing can really irritate an already sensitive area. Using soap and water or a mild cleanser, wash your skin when you wake up, before you go to bed, and when you get sweaty. Try not to wash your skin more than three times a day, because it may become dry and irritated. Do not use scrubs or abrasive pads. Use smooth, gentle cleansers and carefully rub them into the skin, wash them aoff with ample amount of warm water.
Shampoo Your Hair Regularly
Hair can easily become extremely oily if it hasn’t been washed for a long period of time. The skin that comes in contact with your hair, such as the neck and forehead, may be more prone to acne breakouts.
Treat All of Your Skin, Not Just the Spots
Many people make the mistake of spot treating their pimples. It may take care of spots that have formed recently, but new ones may begin to develop. The key is to treat the entire area so that no new pimples form.
Read Your Skin Care Products & Cosmetics Labels
Many types of makeup and other skin treatments can clog pores. When using any product on skin that is prone to acne, be sure to only use things that say: Won’t clog pores Non-comedogenic Non-acnegenic Oil free
Do Not Pop Pimples
Touching your skin, in general, can make things worse, but popping pimples can actually exacerbate the issue as well. On top of making acne worse, popping pimples can be more likely to lead to scarring.
Visit a Dermatologist
If you have moderate to severe acne, a dermatologist can create a personalized treatment plan for you that will give you the best chance at treating your acne symptoms. To make an appointment with Mystic Valley Dermatology Associates, visit our patient portal or fill out the online appointment request form.