As the holidays approach, we are all looking to clear up acne quickly. The best approach to treating acne is to visit your dermatologist for a complete evaluation. There are actually different types of acne, and of course many different skin types, so each patient is treated with a unique regimen that addresses their specific needs. Dr. Tareen, a top Minnesota dermatologist, notes that, “I often meet my patients for the first time, after they have tried many over-the-counter acne medications. I recommend that even people with very mild acne visit a dermatologist, in order to stop acne before it becomes more severe or even causes scarring on the skin. However, while you are waiting for that appointment, there are a few key things to keep in mind.”
Here are Dr. Tareen’s acne tips to follow at home:
- Don’t pick or pop your pimples: Picking at your pimples can seem like a good idea when you’re looking in the bathroom mirror. The truth is that picking your pimples can actually cause more inflammation to occur on the skin, which can make the pimples larger and cause them to stick around longer. Instead of picking, apply a tiny dab of salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide spot treatment to the area.
- People with acne prone skin can benefit from using a cleanser with benzoyl peroxide once a day. Benzoyl peroxide helps to kill the p. acnes bacteria that causes acne.
- Using a glycolic acid or salicylic acid pad to unclog your pores after working out will help to prevent acne caused by exercising.
- Don’t forget sunscreen! Even people with acne prone skin need to protect their skin from both UVA and UVB rays. The truth is that some acne medications can cause your skin to be a little more sun sensitive, so its important to use sunscreen every morning and to reapply every two hours while you are outside. Find a sunscreen labeled “non-comedogenic” or “non-acnegenic,” which means that it was studied and proven not to cause acne.