Common Acne Treatment Mistakes!!
Mistake No. 1: Not Trying an Acne Treatment Long Enough
Skin reacts slowly to treatment. Even if the acne came on fast, it still requires time to heal. That usually takes between 6 and 12 weeks. In some cases, your skin might feel a bit irritated the first couple of weeks of treatment. This is because it’s not an infection, it’s an inflammation, and it often gets worse before it gets better.
Mistake No. 2: Trying Too Many Products at Once
People usually layer on products when they don’t get results in the first few days of treatment. What then happens is that they inadvertently end up mixing products. Sometimes the confused end product may cause further irritation of the skin and add insult to injury.
When someone self-treats their acne, they may accidentally distress their skin. This can make the acne lesions bigger, more likely to pigment, and heal with spots and scars.
Mistake No. 3: Over-Scrubbing or Over-Cleansing the Skin
Scrubbing the skin will actually worsen acne, as it can compromise the skin’s protective barrier and increase irritation. Instead, gently wash with a nonirritating, pH-balanced cleanser to lessen inflammation. It’s also important to thoroughly rinse off the cleanser, because the residue can cause further irritation.
Mistake No. 4: Choosing the Wrong Products for Acne-Prone Skin
Harsh cleansers, alkaline bar soaps, and alcohol-based products may worsen acne, says Dr. Diane S. Berson, MD, who has consulted for skin care product-makers Galderma Stiefel, Procter & Gamble, and Neutrogena. Dr. Berson is an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Ithaca.
Instead, look for “noncomedogenic” or “for acne-prone skin” products. Noncomedogenic products don’t contain ingredients that tend to clog pores in people with acne-prone skin.
Certain ingredients found in products such as cosmetics, sunscreen, and moisturizers are more likely to clog pores. They include isopropyl palmitate, isopropyl myristate, butyl stearate, isopropyl isostearate, decyl oleate, isostearyl neopentanoate, isocetyl stearate, myristle myristate, cocoa butter, acetylated lanolin, and D & C red dyes. Products containing oil can clog pores and lead to breakouts.
Mistake No. 5: Popping and Picking at Pimples
Popping and picking pimples prolongs healing time and raises the risk of scarring. Infected material can get pushed further into the skin, leading to more swelling and redness.
There is a tendency for people tend to groom the lesions. They examine them very closely several times a day and start imagining that there is something they can stick in the lesion or extract from the lesion. So they pick and the lesion gets worse.
Mistake No. 6: Waiting Too Long to See a Dermatologist
It’s time to make an appointment once acne starts taking a toll on self-esteem, becomes painful, causes scarring, or if over-the-counter (OTC) medications aren’t clearing it up.
Dermatologists have more tools to treat acne and can prescribe stronger concentrations of OTC medications and oral antibiotics. They also offer light and laser therapy and chemical peels.
Seeing a dermatologists has the added advantage of being prescribed medicines that are tailored to the type of acne a person has and also their skin type.
It’s also possible a person could have rosacea, which usually requires different treatment than acne. Rosacea is a long-term disease that causes redness and pimples.
Mistake No. 7: Over-Using or Under-Using a Prescribed Acne Medication
Over-usage won’t help clear the acne faster. At times, it can even cause more redness and dryness. Not sticking to a regimen delays any potential improvements. Half of the battle is consistency.
Many people under-use because they lose motivation after the first 2 weeks. We cannot expect results overnight. Under-using the medication by spot-treating fails to prevent breakouts.
You need to apply medication to the entire affected area that tends to break out, instead of spot treating. With spot treating, you haven’t addressed the area next to it, where another pimple could be brewing.
Mistake No. 8: Stopping the Use of Acne Medication Once It Clears Up
It’s best to taper medication usage by using it less and less. For example, if you’ve been using it twice a day, use it once a day for a while, then once every other day, then twice a week, and then stop. It often takes acne 4 to 6 weeks to return, just like it took it the same amount of time for it to get better.
To keep skin blemish-free, most people need to continue usage with at least one acne product. It’s possible to cut down to a few times a week if someone is using an OTC medication.
Mis-treatment of acne can lead to blemished and tired-looking skin which will require further Aesthetic Treatment in order to restore it to its original youthful appearance.
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