Acne can be painful and frustrating. It affects both men and women and can occur at any age. Often caused by hormones increasing and changing over time, many women will notice flare ups around their cycle while others experience acne flares later in life as their hormones continue to change. Excess stress can make acne flares worse, too. One of the most common causes of acne is occlusion (blocked pores) which may result from touching your face a lot throughout the day, holding your phone against your face, using some hair products, sweating, and wearing makeup, lotions and other pore-clogging products.
- Wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser. Over the counter examples include Cerave, Cetaphil and Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Cleanser.
- Avoid touching your face as much as possible, and wash your face after exercise.
- Reduce stress.
- Avoid picking, popping, or vigorously scrubbing your acne; it may increase the risk of scarring.
- Limit make up when possible and when necessary, use products labeled “non-comedogenic.”
If you are still struggling with acne despite following the above regimen, consult your local dermatology practitioner for an evaluation and additional recommendations. We can prescribe effective medicated washes and topical creams as well as oral medication options that can help calm even the most stubborn acne.
At Southwest Health Dermatology, we’re here to treat your skin right. It is our privilege to provide you an individualized treatment regimen to address your needs and help clear your skin. Call us today at 608-342-5060 to schedule an appointment.