In this modern living, the most effective treatments for acne are often associated with the advanced medical technologies to provide result at short time. These may include topical treatments, antibiotics, isotretinoin, laser treatment, and even cosmetic surgery (if necessary) in severe cases.
However, we all agree that the most effective option is the prevention. Once your acne flares up, there is a chance for acne to leave scars on the skin which some are difficult to remove.
The good news, some lifestyle changes may help ease the problem.
Unfortunately, not all people know exactly what they should do to treat their acne appropriately.
Even some go with the wrong steps that may worsen the problem. The following are some of these mistakes.
You need to clearly understand that your skin needs time to respond the treatment. Most products for acne treatment are designed to heal the problem about 2-6 weeks – so there is no instant result.
In general, give a specific product for at least 1 month to see the improvement. Moreover, avoid trying many different products at once!
Some people are likely to try a lot of products at once when they don’t get what they want quickly. This is very bad since some products don’t work together with others at short time, resulting in negative reaction such as skin irritation.
Products labeled with ‘for acne-prone skin’ or non-comedogenic’ are commonly safe. Or consult more with a doctor to get your best option.
Then … what are products you need to avoid? The answer varies.
But in general, alcohol-based products, harsh cleansers, or alkaline bar soap are often not recommended. They don’t work effectively – instead, would worsen the problem!
Furthermore, read carefully the ingredients of each product, including for moisturizers and sunscreen!
Make sure they don’t contain any ingredients that can clog your pores such as oil, isocetyl stearate, C & C red dyes, cocoa butter, isopropyl isostearate, isopropyl palmitate, decyl oleate, isopropyl myristate, and myristle myristate.
Picking at pimples on your own doesn’t help at all! Though it breaks the pimples, this increases the risk of scarring.
So this is a bad thing. Even it may also prolong the healing time because it provokes the infected materials to get pushed into the skin. As a result, you’re also likely to have more redness and swelling.
We all agree that it’s important to keep our skin clean. But over-washing or over-scrubbing can be counterproductive, because this can hurt the natural protective barrier of your skin.
You tend to become easier to have acne if your skin’s natural barrier doesn’t work properly.
Also, acne is not only about dirt. If dirt is the single cause behind acne, your foot should be the most common prone-acne area.
As mentioned before, one of the safe and effective options to treat acne is by consulting with your doctor. Your doctor can prescribe medication that meet to your skin needs.
However, it’s also important to follow all instructions properly as prescribed. Otherwise (if you use the medication improperly), this may even worsen the problem.
Furthermore, you need to use the prescribed medication entirely as prescribed. Some people tend to stop using their prescribed medication once they know that their acne has cleared up.
There are a lot of healthy habits you can adopt to promote healthier skin and reduce the risk of developing acne. The following are a few examples to remember!
Touching your face with your hands too often can be a simple way for dirt or germ to attach on the skin.
Also, do carefully on anything that touches your face! For instance, if possible – it’s much better to use a handset instead of resting a cell phone on your face.
Additionally, tight clothing also should be avoided because it can trap dirt and make you sweat a lot which then would increase your chance of having acne!
Coffee is high in caffeine, and did you know that caffeine can be dehydrating?
Almost all dehydrating things are bad for your skin, because they may impair your skin dehydration. But on the other hand, when caffeine applied topically on the skin, this may help improve the health of your skin.
Although the role of cigarette smoking in triggering acne is still debatable, it’s clear that this bad habit is likely to provoke dry skin and premature wrinkles.
Smoking may reduce collagen in the skin, and less collagen means the greater risk of having more wrinkles.
Also, cope with your stress! Stress may have a role to trigger acne flare-ups. For in-depth information about this issue, visit this section!
Getting plenty of sleep at night (about 7-8 hours at night) is not only important to keep your skin on its best shape but also vital for your overall health.
During sleep, cells of your skin can regenerate optimally. For better result, (if you don’t have any back pain problem) sleep on your back is your best bet for glowing face and free of wrinkles-sleeping.
It’s undeniable that exercise can provide a lot of health advantages for all parts of your body, including to your skin.
Getting plenty of physical activity and sweating during workouts can help remove toxins from the skin and improve the oxygen circulation into the skin.