Acne is one of the most common skin conditions that occur when hair follicles under the skin become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. It affects people of all ages, but it is most prevalent among teenagers. While it is not a dangerous condition, acne can cause emotional distress and physical pain.
Acne occurs when a skin’s pore becomes blocked by dirt, oil, bacteria and dead skin cells, resulting in the formation of blackheads, whiteheads or pimples.
To help minimize or prevent acne, here are some things you can do:
Cleanse twice a day
Regardless of your skin type, make sure to wash your face twice a day, in the morning and evening. This keeps your skin healthy and clean, and regulates oil production. It is ideal to choose a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser.
Exfoliate once a week
Exfoliation is a good way to get rid of dead skin cells from the skin and achieve more radiant-looking skin. However, be careful not to overdo this step as over-exfoliating irritates the skin further.
Avoid certain makeup products
While it is not necessary to completely avoid wearing makeup altogether, you should make sure to choose the right products that are not irritating to the skin and suits your skin type. Proper makeup removal each time is also very important.
Do not pop pimples
While popping pimples can be tempting, do not pick, squeeze or scratch at your acne. Doing so makes the inflammation worse, and may even leave behind permanent pits or scars.
Have a healthy diet and lifestyle
Fill up your plate with wholesome and healthy food, and stay hydrated. Getting quality sleep and reducing stress help, too.
Choose the right skincare products
Common ones that benefit the skin (when applied correctly) include:
Seeking professional help for acne treatment is worthwhile, especially if your acne is persistent or significantly affecting your self-esteem. Make sure to consult a Ministry of Health-accredited dermatologist for safe and effective treatment. Dermatologists also help prevent and treat any scarring caused by acne.
These treatments are best done in the hands of a certified dermatologist at a well-equipped
clinic, so as to ensure optimal patient safety and outcomes.