Below are some useful acne tips that will help you along your journey to be acne free. If you have any questions about acne treatments, a Platinum Skin Care Acne Specialist is available to help you at 1-586-598-6093 or (6094).1. Use your acne products daily, (and keep up with your weekly peels) even when your skin is clear. After several months of good consistent results, using your acne treatments every other day is sufficient. Keep in mind, it takes 90 days or more for a pimple to work its way to the surface. Your skin's appearance may be significantly improved, but for best acne treatment results, always continue with your regimen.
- *TIP Only change/reduce one product at a time, and then wait 4 weeks to make sure losing that product will not be detrimental to your skin.
- Generally acne placement follows a pattern based on your age. Younger adults tend to have acne breakouts, pimples and blackheads on the nose, forehead and chin. As age progresses acne moves to the cheeks, jaw line, forehead and chin. It’s common for most adults to apply acne products daily to the entire face and jaw area. Follow your common placement with your products to be covered.
4. Keep friction off of your acne skin. Tight helmets, chin straps and/or any nervous rubbing on the acne effected area. Constant friction aggravates clogged pores, causing them to rupture. Friction of this nature does not promote healthy treatment for acne skin. So keep your hands off your face.
- This can be tough if you are in sports, so make sure to keep some cleansing wipes or toner and some pads with you. When the helmet comes off for the game, give your face a wipe. *Also, keep your helmet straps clean.
5. Be aware of iodine or kelp in your diet; they can be found in a variety of vitamins. Large enough amounts can actually cause acne and if you’re already genetically susceptible, you will want to monitor this. All vitmains, drinks and supplements will have an ingredient deck somewhere on the package. Check it carefully and steer clear of both ingredients if you are dealing with acne.
6. If you are taking birth control pills, make sure you are taking the best acne treating birth control available. Estrogen based pills have the most clearing effect. Talk with your doctor. Many have a keen knowledge on which pills will be beneficial for your skin problems. Birth control pills are actually a treatment for pimples, so if you have not explored this option, you may want to.
7. Use mineral makeup foundations over “oil-free” cosmetics. Just because they say they are “oil-free” does not mean they are acne safe! Even products geared towards acne prone skin are known to have acne causing ingredients! Here are some acne causing ingredients to look out for:
- Lanolin derivatives (pure is SAFE) such as: anhydrous lanolin, lanolin oil, lanolin alcohol, acetylated lanolin, ethoxyated lanolin.
- Isporopyl Myristate and similar forms: isopropyl palmitate, isopropyl isotearate, butyl stearate, isostearyl neopentanoate, myristyl myristate, decyl oleate, octyl stearate, octyl palmitate and isocetyl stearate.
- D&C red pigments.
8. Check your hair products if you are experiencing acne around your hair line. It is likely your hair gel or a too heavy conditioner. I suggest washing and conditioning your hair. Rinse well and then put your hair up. Now wash your face AND back with an acne wash. When you get out of the shower, dry off and get dressed before you put any products in your hair. *This helps especially with back acne.
9. DON’T pick at your skin! But you can’t help it, right? Well, if you are going to do it, there is a right way and a wrong way. Follow this guide if you can't keep your hands off those bumps.
Wash your hands and face before you even think about touching a pimple.
Never squeeze a pimple that does not have a white center!
Never just squeeze until a pimple bursts. *This is how an infection happens under the skin.
- Pop a small hole with a sterilized needle.
- Gently roll in your fingers (starting outside the bump and then moving inwards) while pressing down. Go slowly and allow the white to clear away.
- Put on a drying lotion and leave to heal.
- Wash hands again.
10. DON’T take steroids unless they are prescribed to treat a medical condition. Steroids can actually cause the development of acne and the extent to which it is experienced can be due to a number of varying factors. As a side effect of taking steroids, acne is preventable only by using particular steroids, cleansing the skin regularly, and perhaps using a topical anti-androgen.
11. Consider reading Acne Rx, by Dr. James E. Fulton Jr. a read! Many of the suggestions above were from his expertise. He believes in the exfoliation method for clearing aggravating acne.
12. Read the article How our CEO cured her acne and find the perfect regimen. I swear I could write a book on acne and all the things I have done, but check out my article until that happens. ;)
13, Talk to a professional if you can not get your acne under control. If you have only whiteheads, blackheads and an occasional pimple, call us and we can walk you through finding the perfect products for you. A great place to start is with our Acne Starter Kit. If you are dealing with whiteheads, blackheads, pustules and cystic formations, call a local dermatologist and have them start treating you. Not all acne can be treated at home. Control it before scars begin to form.