5 Tips from a Baton Rouge Dermatologist to Prevent and Clear Acne

prevent and clear acne

We’ve all had a pimple or two at some point in our lives.  They can be unsightly, embarrassing, and even painful.  Unfortunately for some, breakouts occur far more severely and frequently than for others.  And, with a lengthy list of potential factors, getting to the root of the problem can be a daunting task.  Everything from hormones to genetics to stress can impact the health of your skin.

While you may not be able to control all of the contributing factors, there are several which you can.  If you find that acne is becoming more problematic for you, here are five tips that may just help you get your complexion back under control:

Keep All Products Non-Comedogenic for Acne-Prone Skin

Chances are, you lather multiple products on your skin each and every day, including moisturizer, makeup, and sunscreen.  However, if you aren’t paying attention to labels, these “beauty” products may well be one source of your frustration.  Eliminate this possibility by ensuring that all of the products you leave on your skin are marked as “non-comedogenic,” or in other words, “won’t clog pores.” 

Switch up Your Shower Routine to Fight Back Acne

While you may not be likely to consider showering as an acne contributor, this may just be the case for back breakouts.  Consider your shower routine - if the last step is to rinse the conditioner from your hair, you may well be finishing up by clogging your pores.  Many conditioners contain an ingredient called Panthenol – great for the hair, but not so great for the skin.  When rinsed from the hair, it can remain on your back in the form of a pore-clogging residue.  Combat this by washing your body after you’ve conditioned your hair and using formulas made without Panthenol.

Avoid the Temptation to Pick at Breakouts

Leaving their blemishes alone may be no problem for some, but for many, the temptation is difficult to avoid.  If you fall into the latter group, this habit is definitely contributing to your skin woes.  You may think that you can clear the pore and reduce the size of a pimple by popping or picking it.  Unfortunately, this is not the case.  When left alone, a zit will heal in about 3 to 5 days.  However, when aggravated by picking, it could be weeks before the mark is gone, and in some cases, permanent scarring may even result. 

Consider Dietary Changes to Benefit Your Skin

Did you grow up believing that greasy food compounded acne?  It seems logical, given the association of oily skin with breakouts.  However, as it turns out, greasy foods have been given an unnecessarily bad rap (at least in this case).  Research is showing that diet may impact the skin, but this is more likely the result of too much dairy or carbohydrate-rich foods.  Try cutting back on foods such as yogurt, cheese, milk, and bread to determine if this may be the case for you.

Use Cleansing Pads with Salicylic Acid Following Workouts

Working up a sweat is no doubt healthy, but if you aren’t able to shower quickly after, it may also be a source of acne.  Stick with the exercise, but bring some salicylic acid cleansing pads along with you.  A quick swipe can remove dirt and oil, unclog pores, and prevent subsequent pimples.  Cebatrol oil control pads from ZO Skin Health are a favorite in our office.

We get just how frustrating acne can be, regardless of your age.  Give these tips a try to help get your skin clear.  And, if you find that breakouts persist, call Dermasurgery Center to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist or nurse practitioner.  Yours may just be a case that requires a little expert care in order to keep skin smooth.

Chad Prather, M.D.Acne