HEAL ACNE

 

If you struggle with acne, it is very important that you take care of your skin properly.  If you don’t give your skin what it needs, then your acne will just get worse and worse as time goes on.

Acne can last into your adult life, depending on the natural make-up of your skin, genetics and how well you take care of it.  When it comes to acne, some are unluckier than others.  Unless you are uncommonly blessed, you will suffer from acne at some point in your life.  While most people have a surge in acne during adolescence that corresponds to a surge in hormones, some continue battling acne outbreaks well into middle age. 

Not all acne outbreaks are equal; for some people, it never worsens beyond small blemishes that react well to treatment, but for others, acne outbreaks can be severe and cover much of the face, neck, shoulders and back.

 While it may be tempting to use an exfoliating scrub, steer clear of types of products if you have severe acne until you talk with a dermatologist.

Help your acne heal by avoiding tanning beds and using proper protection when out in the sun.  Be sure to use at least an SPF of 15/ SPF 30. Reapply every 2 hours.  Wear a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses to keep your skin healthy.  Remember, the healthier you keep your skin, the better your skin will look.  

Avoid popping any white or black heads that appear on your skin.  Allow them to heal naturally, and your acne will clear up much faster and cause much less scarring. 

Wash your hair regularly.  If you have oily skin, it’s also very likely you have oily hair too.  Make sure you are taking care of the problem by washing your hair each morning.  If you don’t wash your hair often enough, the oil in your hair mixed with the product you put on your hair could travel down to your face, making your skin even more likely to break out.

Use a gel cleanser.  Gel cleansers are typically made for those with combination to oily skin while cream cleansers are made for normal to dry skin.  Apply a cleanser very gently with just your fingers, and then lather the cleanser by rubbing in small circular motions.  

Look for products with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.  

You are going to need some type of treatment product – be it a toner, a spot treatment or a moisturizer.  Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are the most common acne-fighting ingredients, so look for products that have one of these ingredients.  

Keep your hands away from your face.  Everything you touch has the possibility of having germs and bacteria on it, so DON’T touch your face! This is a tough habit to break, but if you then touch your face frequently with unclean hands, you are only contributing to your acne problem.

If you have really bad acne that won’t clear up no matter what product you use, or if you have cystic acne, consider seeing a dermatologist for a stronger acne medication. 

Until next week.   Stay Fabulous. You can contact Lucretia at lucretiam06@gmail.com

 

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