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Acne 101

Acne ProblemAcne can embarrass you, damage your appearance, and scar your skin. In some cases, it is even painful. Keep reading to learn more about protecting your skin, preventing breakouts, and treating acne.

Protecting Your Skin

While it may not be directly linked to acne, having healthy skin is an important place to start. One of the most important things you can do to keep your skin healthy is to avoid sun damage—wear sunscreen when you go outside, shade your face with a hat when you’re in direct sunlight, and wear clothing that covers your skin.

The foods and beverages you choose can also help you keep your skin healthy and beautiful. Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Beta-Carotene, and Omega-3 fatty acids are a few of the nutrients your skin needs to stay healthy. Berries, kiwis, dark leafy greens, nuts, and fish are good sources of many of these important nutrients.

Preventing Breakouts

Acne is usually the result of oil, bacteria, clogged pores, and dead skin cells. These tips can help you prevent breakouts:

  • Wash your face each morning and keep your hair pulled away form your face during the day.
  • Avoid stress since it can make breakouts worse. Regular exercise and spending time outdoors are two proven ways to manage and reduce stress.
  • Always wash off your makeup before going to bed.
  • Wash your pillowcase at least once a week.
  • Use oil-free makeup and moisturizers.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Avoid touching your face, and be sure to clean your hands, cell phone, headphones and other things that come in contact with the skin on your face.

Treating Acne

Not all breakouts can be prevented, but if you do experience a breakout, there are things you can do. If it is a mild breakout, you can use topical acne creams that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. If the breakouts are more serious, you’ll need to visit a dermatologist. The treatment suggested will depend on your skin and your individual needs.   If you’d like to learn more about acne treatments, schedule a consultation at the Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center.

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