THE DOS AND DON’TS OF TREATING ACNE
Acne is a common skin disease characterized by pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and cysts, that appear on the face, neck, chest, back and shoulders.
If ignored, acne can become a chronic problem. Here are some things to consider when treating acne.
1.Eat nutritious foods that give you the required daily intake of skin-friendly vitamins and minerals.
2.If a particular food item causes repeated breakouts, avoid it
1.Hydration + exercise
1.Exposing your skin to too much cold, heat and sunlight
2.DO allow yourself some mild sun exposure to the sun as it can improve acne; but use a broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF 30 or more,) when possible.
3.Don’t use lamps – this exposes you to the long-term risks of sun damage and cancer
1.DO use your acne medication as prescribed, following directions carefully
1.DO spot-test all topical medications on a patch of skin to check for sensitivity.
2. Don’t keep using the product if you have a bad reaction. Inform your doctor immediately.
1.DO check in with your dermatologist if your acne does not clear or show any signs of improvement within 1-2 weeks of medication.
2.Do not continue your medication after your skin clears, this can have detrimental effects.
1.Do wash your face to remove excess oil and dead skin cells
2.Don’t overdo the washing – this can dry out skin adnd aggravate your acne problem.
1.Do wash your face after a workout and excessive sweating. Remember to wash your hands and face if you work around greasy food & oil. Excessive oil and sweat can block your pores.
2.Don’t use washcloths and puffs to wipe your skin as these can damage your skin.
1.Do keep hairspray and styling as far away from your face as possible during application. Change or wash your pillowcase regularly if you use hair care products.
2.Do not use hair products that contain oils and chemicals that can make your acne worse.
Acne Aggravators OR This Can Make Your Acne Worse!
1. Oil-based makeup that blocks your pores-
2. Oil-based hair products-
3.Your monthly period-
4.Picking at your pimples-
5. Scrubbing or exfoliating your skin too vigorously-
How To Deal With Acne: Treat It Early, Treat It Right!
X Don’t overwash your face
X Don’t use heavy cosmetics – a sure way to clog your pores
Instead, use an oil-free foundation
X Don’t sunbathe or tan yourself outdoors
Instead, protect your skin with oil-free sunscreen and lotions
X Don’t prick your pimples or pick at your acne
Instead, follow proper medication and CONSULT A DERMATOLOGIST.
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