Tips For Taking Care of Your Face
Taking care of the skin on your face is one thing you should start doing as soon as you are able to. Listed below are some simple things that you should do on a daily basis to care for your skin. These steps may help reduce acne as well as lessen the side-effects of acne such as dry skin and acne scars.
- Wash your face twice a day (no more) with warm water and a mild soap made for people with acne. Gently massage your face with circular motions. Don't scrub. Overwashing and scrubbing can cause skin to become irritated. After cleansing,
the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends applying an over-the-counter (no prescription needed) lotion containing benzoyl peroxide. This will decrease oil and bacteria.
- Don't pop pimples. Popping pimples can push infected material further into the skin,
leading to more swelling and redness,
and even scarring.
- Touching your face can spread the bacteria that cause pores to become inflamed and irritated. To keep bacteria at bay,
wash your hands before applying anything to your face,
such as treatment creams or makeup.
- Remove your makeup before you go to sleep. When buying makeup,
make sure you choose brands that say "noncomedogenic" or "nonacnegenic" on the label. Throw away old makeup that smells or looks different from when you first bought it.
- Protect your skin from the sun. It may seem like a tan masks acne,
but it's only temporary. A tan may worsen your acne,
not improve it. Tanning also causes damage to skin that will eventually lead to wrinkles and increase your risk of skin cancer.
- One other thing which can help is to make sure that you get enough sleep and make an effort to remove the stress in your life. Zits often come out once your body is stressed,
by getting adequate sleep you are able to help avoid this.
If you're concerned about acne scars,
talk to a dermatologist.
A dermatologist can help you find the treatment method that's best for you and can also give you lots of useful tips for dealing with acne and caring for your skin type.
Acne scars can occur as the skin heals from pimples,
whiteheads and blackheads that form when oil,
bacteria and dead cells get stuck below the skin's surface.
To learn more about acne scar treatment,