Acne. The dreaded acne. Acne is common, but that doesn’t mean that you have to deal with having pimples on your face. My goal in treating your acne is that you have a completely clear face. Acne affects nearly 100% of people at some point in time in their life. It is a myth that only teenagers get acne. One of the more distressed group of patients are 25-40 year old females with acne (and rightfully so) .
So what can you do if you find yourself breaking out? If your acne is mild (just a few pimples), start with a wash that contains 2% salicylic acid or 10% Benzoyl peroxide. Also pick up a gel or lotion with Benzoyl peroxide. Use the wash every day and the gel/lotion every other day- because it can be drying. There are lots of drugstore brands that have these active ingredients. Be careful not to combine too many products with these medications because you might dry and irritate your skin. You can still use makeup and other products but be sure to look for ones that are non comedogenic (which means won’t clog pores).
It may take a few weeks for your skin to clear up, so don’t give up on the medications. When your skin clears up keep using the wash to help prevent it from coming back.
If you have deep, painful or really bad acne see your doctor or a dermatologist- you may need prescription medications. It is important to treat more severe acne early so you don’t get scarring. Oh- and don’t use tanning or the sun for acne treatment. It will clear things in the short run but it can cause more acne (and skin cancer and wrinkles) in the long run