The skin is a barometer of general health and good personal grooming. Healthy looking skin indicates how well we take care of ourselves; a beautiful complexion poses as a subtle promoter of self-image and self-esteem. Unfortunately, throughout youth to adulthood, many of us may find ourselves in awkward predicaments where acne starts to appear on the skin or when the debris of acne are left behind as ugly blemishes and scars. The seemingly unsolvable acne problems magnified the loss of self-confidence and negative views about one’s personal image. At the same time, innate charms and qualities are shielded behind those unpleasant acne marks that should never have been there. We cannot cure acne, but with proper treatments and the adoption of preventive measures, we can control acne and prevent the occurrence of permanent unsightly acne scarring.
Caring for your skin is essential for good health and beauty, especially if you are prone to acne. One of the best ways to keep acne under control is to maintain your skin’s health as much as possible. This means keeping the skin clean and protecting it from damage from sunshine and harsh cosmetics.
Cleansing Your Skin
Wash your face twice a day with a gentle soap or unique acne skin cleanser, using the fingertips’ gentle, circular motion. Do not scrub since this can aggravate acne. Instead, moisten the face with warm water, then apply a cleanser from the hairline to the neck. Rinse with lots of water and pat dry with a soft towel.
Those with especially oily skin may need to use an astringent, but it must be alcohol-free and used with care. Apply it only to the oiliest parts of the face and discontinue use immediately if your skin becomes irritated. If you feel you need an astringent, you may need to see a dermatologist instead.
Haircare is also important — shampoo twice a week to as often as daily, keeping the shampoo away from your face as much as possible.
Protect Your Skin From The Sun
A suntan may dry your skin, making the acne less noticeable, but this is only temporary. As your skin becomes accustomed to sun exposure, the acne will flare up again. Meanwhile, you are risking skin damage that can cause premature ageing and skin cancer. Many medications that treat acne cause the skin to become more sensitive to sunlight and more vulnerable to burning. Whatever the weather, you should wear sunscreen on your face and any other exposed skin when outdoors.
Choose Makeup With Care
The best choice for good acne skincare is to wear no makeup at all. But if you feel you must wear makeup, choose products labelled non-comedogenic — that means they will not clog your pores. Be aware that these products may still cause acne in some people. Above all, avoid makeup with an oil base and always read the labels carefully and use them sparingly.
Try both electric razors and safety razors to see which causes the slightest irritation to skin blemishes. Always use a sharp blade in a safety razor — change the blade every 2 or 3 shaves. You may have to shave around blemishes to avoid cutting them. Be sure to soften the beard as much as possible with warm water and shaving cream before starting. If your skin is covered with blemishes, perhaps it is best to skip shaving that day.
No Touching Scars
As tempting as it may be to squeeze pimples, don’t! That invites more trouble by spreading the bacteria which cause pimples. It can also lead to permanent scarring.
Avoid touching your face as much as possible because the hands carry dirt, oil and germs.
Keeping acne under control is possible. Medications will go a long way toward clearing your skin of acne. Your job is to help the healing process as much as possible by taking good care of your skin.