Acne is not just for teens. It can haunt us for decades after high school and even creep up on you if you don’t have a history of it. When you find a regimen that works, stick with it.
The key to controlling acne is to keep using your medication even when you are not actively breaking out. You can experiment to see what works including trying out one treatment in the evening and another during the day. Salicylic acid prevents pores from clogging by slowing down the shedding process of cells inside the hair follicles. It may also get rid of whiteheads and blackheads.
Two more products to try are benzoyl peroxide and sulfur. Benzoyl peroxide removes the excess oil and dead skin cells that clog pores. It is marketed in strengths from 2.5 to 10 percent, so choose one appropriate for your acne. Sulfur, used with other actives like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, gets rid of dead skin cells that clog pores and remove excess oil. Prescription treatments range from topical to oral, depending on the extent of the acne condition.
Mind Your Diet
There is no universal acne-causing diet, but if you notice that your breakouts get worse when you eat fried foods, dairy or chocolate, avoiding these offenders may clear up your complexion.
Sweat-Proof Your Post Workout Skin
Remove all makeup, lotions and sunscreens before your work out. Product can combine with sweat and clog pores. Sweat also can mix with dirt, oil and bacteria, leading to breakouts. Use a towel to pat away perspiration and avoid touching your face.
Know When to See the Dermatologist
When your breakouts are out of control or your regimen is no longer working, visit www.aad.org to find a board certified dermatologist.