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13 Tips for the Treatment of Acne

Posted by Jennifer Tilney on Nov 02, 2014

Acne Treatment Tips 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, 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, continue your regimen and reduce if desired over a long period of time.

  2. Apply acne treatments and topical like benzoyl peroxide to the entire affected area of your acne skin, not just the actual pimples and blackheads. 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.

  3. Stay out of the sun! Ultraviolet rays irritate and damage skin- opposite of what your acne skin needs.

  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.

  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.

  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.
  7. Use mineral makeup foundations over “oil-free” cosmetics. Just because they say they are “oil-free” does not mean they are! 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 one of your hair products are to blame if this is the case.

  9. DON’T pick at your skin! But you can’t help it, right? Well, there is a right way and a wrong way to pick.

  10. Wash your hands and face before you even think about touching a pimple and never squeeze a pimple that does not have a white center! But if you insist, popping a small hole with a sterilized needle first is recommended over applying pressure until it bursts. You don’t want to you rupture the follicular wall beneath the skin. If this were to happen, infection seeps out inside your skin, causing inflammation and more pimples!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Read the article How our CEO cured her acne and find the perfect regimen.