We often associate acne with the awkward early teenage years of regretted haircuts and bad fashion choices. However, for many people, acne does not start or stop within those years. Acne, though seemingly inevitable, does not have to plague you forever. Using the following methods, you can treat and prevent acne.
Attack the Acne
If you are tired of acne popping up at the most inopportune times, it is time to take action.
Topical Medication Options
Benzoyl peroxide has proven to be helpful to many people who have struggled with acne. Look for products that features it as an ingredient. There are many over-the-counter gels and creams available, and if you prefer prescription medication, there are also cleansers and lotions.
One of the main causes of acne is when too many dead skin cells blocks sebum, a body oil, from exiting through your hair follicles. Bacteria often joins in, and you end up with acne. Benzoyl peroxide kills the bacteria that incite the inflammation in a blocked pore. You should see results within three weeks.
If benzoyl peroxide doesn’t do the trick, try products that include salicylic acid. Instead of killing bacteria or reducing sebum production, it causes your skin to shed its outer layer. This should clear blockages and allow sebum to naturally exit through your pores.
Avoid using this on sensitive or irritated skin with cuts or sores. This is not a long-lasting solution, and salicylic acid will only continue to work so long as it is being used.
Oral Medication Options
Reducing or eliminating acne might be as simple as getting a prescription from your doctor for any of these oral medications.
- Antibiotics: Antibiotics, like tetracycline, works to prevent bacteria from producing proteins, which reduces existing inflammation and prevents further breakouts.
- Isotretinoin: It is not fully understood why this works, but it is commonly believed that it reduces sebum production. The effectiveness may vary between a total break up with acne to no effect at all. The best effects are usually completed after four or five months. Do not take this if you are pregnant or may become pregnant.
- Birth Control: This method is typically used for a particularly persistent acne problem. Acne typically flares up during adolescent years because the body produces a lot of hormones, which prompt glands to produce more sebum. The FDA has approved three different kinds of birth control that may control acne by reducing levels of sebum.
If you are plagued by acne scars from years past, microdermabrasion can help. Doctors use a wand-shaped device to blast your skin with aluminum oxide. Don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt! This wand will also simultaneously suck up the particles of your skin that are removed by the process.
Over the course of a few treatments scheduled once a week for a few months, you will start to feel smoother, acne scar-free skin.
Canadian Beauty College offers courses in microdermabrasion and other non-surgical esthetics procedures in Toronto, Vaughan, Barrie, Peel Region, and Newmarket.
If you are looking for a serious solution, you may want to check into lasers. Doctors use lasers to produce heat beneath the surface of your skin. This will damage the sebaceous glands without damaging the surface of your skin. You can see significant results in as little as two sessions.
This treatment can result in pain or discomfort, even if you use a topical pain killer. It also can result in temporary swelling and redness.
At Canadian Beauty College, we provide laser hair removal training at all of our locations. Contact us if you are interested in learning more.
Preventing the Problem
While there is some overlap in methods that treat and prevent the problem, this section will mainly emphasize simple, everyday tips and tricks that will keep your skin healthy and reduce acne.
Don’t Touch Your Face
Your hands are your tactile link to rest of the world. If you take a minute to think about everything your hands touch, you will realize how much dirt and grime you are transferring to your face every time you touch it.
Make a conscious effort to reduce needless face touching throughout the day. However, sometimes it is inevitable. Make sure to regularly wash and sanitize your hands throughout the day. Regularly clean your mouse and keyboard as well as other surfaces around your home and office.
Check Out Your Makeup
Different brands of makeup will affect your face in different ways. If you are noticing a large breakout, it may be time to switch up your makeup. Try products that are labeled “noncomedogenic” or “oil-free.” After a few weeks, see if there is a noticeable difference. Keep trying products until you find brands that work best for you.
Regardless of which brands or products you use, always wash makeup off of your face at the end of every day you wear it.
Wash Your Face
Wash your face as part of your nightly and morning routines. Use a clean wash cloth, warm water, and a gentle cleanser or soap to remove the dirt and grime that accumulates throughout the day. Washing your face more than twice a day or too roughly can be counterproductive as it can strip your face of necessary oils and cause it to dry out.
The skin benefits of regular exercise are multi-faceted. As you exercise, your sweat will help to clear your pores and rid your body of the dead skin cells trapped within them. Calming exercises, like yoga, will reduce stress levels. Stress causes your body to increase oil production, which leads to more breakouts. Control the stress and you can start to control the acne. Furthermore, working out balances hormone levels, which will also reduce the production of sebum.
While working out, try wearing loose-fitting, cotton clothing. Synthetic fibers and tight clothing or gear can cause you to break out. While some gear, like a helmet, is often necessary, do not wear it when you aren’t using it.
However, if you don’t shower after exercising, none of this will matter. Those dead skin cells that have made their way out of your pores need to be washed off. Additionally, your sweat will evaporate and leave the salt, which can also cause blockages. Take a quick shower and use a moisturizing body wash for best results.
You do not need to be a slave to your hormones. Take action today with these treatment options and preventative measures to reclaim smooth, acne-free skin.