How to Protect Yourself From Acne

By Integrated Dermatology
June 10, 2015
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Care   Acne  

Skin CareTo fight acne breakouts, you need to know how to prevent them.

As an adolescent, you may have battled inconvenient breakouts of pimples on your face. Even as an adult, you may find that acne - inflammation of the sebaceous glands - is still a problem for you. Knowing how to prevent acne from happening is an invaluable tool, so the physicians at Integrated Dermatology in Boynton Beach, Florida have compiled a list of tips to keep breakouts at bay.

Cleansing is key 

Washing your face twice daily is a great habit to get into, whether or not you're prone to acne. Clearing your skin of impurities, dead skin cells, and excess oil is very important. Warm water and a mild cleanser designed for facial skin are all you really need. You can apply the cleanser with your hands and then rinse it with water the same way. There's really no need to scour your face with coarse sponges or washcloths, according to your Boynton Beach dermatologists. When you're finished, pat your face dry with a clean, soft towel.

Product predicaments
 
A lot of over-the-counter anti-acne products dry the skin out. The staff at Integrated Dermatology suggests using a moisturizer to combat dryness and peeling after applying anti-acne products that contain ingredients like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. When choosing a moisturizer, check the label to see if it is "noncomedogenic." This means it won't clog your pores and potentially promote more acne.
 
If you wear makeup, make sure these products are also labeled as noncomedogenic and oil-free. Try to avoid facial cosmetics like blush, powder and foundation during a breakout. Always wash your makeup off at the end of the day.

Even your hair care routine may be contributing to acne. If you're prone to breakouts, avoid oils, pomades, and gels. They can block the pores and cause acne around your hairline. You should wash your hair often as well; oily hair can mean oily skin.

Hands off!

It may be tempting to remove the offending blemishes with your hands, but your Boynton Beach dermatologists caution against this practice. It can introduce more oil and bacteria into your pores and cause scarring in some cases. You should also try to avoid propping your cheek or chin in your hands.

Our staff of dermatology professionals - Drs. Barry Kuttner, Kathleen Herne and Heather Houck and physician's assistants Kristen Hafner and Belinda Girmonde - have the expertise necessary to help you treat and prevent acne. Call Integrated Dermatology today to start your journey to clear skin!

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