Acne is a frustrating and embarrassing condition that people all over the world try to get rid of as soon as possible after seeing the first signs of it. Some common ways of treating acne can actually irritate the skin and cause further damage such as scarring. Here are the top nine acne treatment mistakes that people commonly make.
Washing the skin is necessary to get rid of dead skin cells and harmful bacteria, but washing the skin more than twice per day can cause the skin to dry out, which actually stimulates the production of more oil and makes the problem worse. The skin should also not be washed less often than once per day or more often than twice per day. Using water that is very hot can stimulate oil production, so lukewarm water should be used for face washing.
Too Many Products
Using two or more products at the same time is likely to cause flaking, redness, and irritation. Using too many products can cause skin trauma that makes lesions bigger instead of smaller.
Not Using Moisturizer
Even acne prone skin needs to be hydrated and moisturized; the key is to use a moisturizer that doesn’t contain oil because it won’t clog pores. Xerominus® Hydrating aqua gels are often a good choice because they feel non-greasy and light on acne prone skin. A moisturizer with sunscreen is a wise choice to protect against hyperpigmention. Skin that is being treated with acne fighting medication is often very vulnerable to the sun’s damaging rays.
Some people go tanning to help their acne, but the skin damage that results from UV exposure is far more detrimental to the skin than any acne fighting benefits of a tanning bed. Red or Brown skin spots that are caused by acne may even become darker with sun exposure.
Sometime it may take up to 6-12 weeks for a patient to see the full results from the acne treatment they are using. Many people give up on a treatment method long before it has had time to work. There isn’t a cure for acne and treating breakouts is a process that is likely to last for years. Forgetting a dose of medication can slow the process even further. Acne treatments are effective when they are used consistently over a period of time.
Not Using Sunscreen
It’s a good idea for acne sufferers to choose a sunscreen that is made for oily or acne prone skin so that the sunscreen doesn’t further clog pores. A broad-spectrum sunscreen should be applied daily so that the skin is protected from premature aging, skin cancer, and hyperpigmentation.
Stopping Medication Too Soon
The use of acne medication should be tapered off gradually and acne may appear to be gone, only to return about a month later. Most people need to continue using a small amount of acne medication to keep their skin clear.
Touching The Affected Area
Touching the skin spreads bacteria and often makes cases of acne worse. People with acne often feel skin irritation and have a tendency to touch the affected areas. Touching the affected skin area should be avoided. Popping pimples often pushes the infected material into the skin and causes the breakouts to be longer and more severe. Picking at pimples and breaking the skin opens the door to infection. It also increases the likelihood of redness and scarring. The affected skin should only be touched with a washcloth or cleansing pad.
Using the Wrong Products
Just because a product is made for treating acne doesn’t mean that it is the right product for every person with the condition. Generally, people with acne should look for products that are labeled noncomedogenic, because these products don’t contain ingredients that are known to clog pores. Ingredients like cocoa butter and acetylated lanolin are known to clog pores and should be avoided.