Find out what ways will work best for reducing your acne outbreaks.
Nothing is more embarrassing than discovering that a pimple is flaring up right before a big interview or special occasion. While you could just cover up the pimple, wouldn’t it be better if you didn’t have to deal with acne as often in the first place? Our Brookline and Andover, MA, dermatologists, Dr. Alan Rockoff and Dr. Katherine Fening, think so, too.
Here are some simple tips to reduce your acne breakouts:
Wash Your Face
This may seem like obvious advice, but it’s important that you are washing your face twice a day (in the morning and again at night). Stay away from harsh cleansers, which could make your acne-prone skin worse. Be as gentle as possible with your skin while washing it. Vigorously washing it won’t remove bacteria more effectively but it will make skin more inflamed and make acne worse.
Always Apply Moisturizer
Many people worry that if they apply a moisturizer to their skin it might actually make acne and oily skin worse. Of course, dry skin can also increase your chances of breakouts, too. The best option is to choose a moisturizer that’s right for your skin type. You can apply a richer moisturizer to these dry regions while also applying a lighter moisturizer to more oily sections of your skin.
Consider Acne Products
You may find that you are able to tackle more mild acne symptoms with over-the-counter products that contain active acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Be aware that these products can dry out the skin, particularly when you first start using them, so always test it on a patch of skin first. If you have questions about the best acne-fighting products to use, talk to our Brookline and Andover skin doctor.
Inspect Other Products You Use
Whether you wear makeup every day or you put gel in your hair, there are a plethora of other products out there that people use on a day-to-day basis and don’t even think about the fact that it could be causing their acne. Look for makeup labels that say they are noncomedogenic, which means they won’t clog pores. Also look for more natural and gentle hair products. If you have oily hair, you will also want to wash your hair more often to prevent breakouts along the hairline.
Clean Your Phone
How often do you clean your cellphone? This might be disturbing to think about, as most people don’t. Regardless of whether you wear makeup or not, bacteria from your purse, the pocket of your jeans or even your desk can easily accumulate on your phone throughout the day. When you make a call, the bacteria have now gotten onto your skin. Pack sanitizing wipes with you and make sure to clean your phone at least once a day.
If you are ready to get professional help when it comes to tackling your acne symptoms, then there is no better place to turn then The Rockoff Dermatology Center in Brookline and Andover, MA. Our dermatologists are dedicated to getting your skin healthier.