Believe it or not, treating acne is not as difficult as some people make it out to be. Many people are under the false assumption that to really address breakouts, you need an entire arsenal of cleansers, toners, astringents, topical agents, and so on. While all of these things may be helpful and even necessary in some cases and under certain circumstances, it’s also true that treating acne usually boils down to a few simple steps and important factors. Let’s review some of those simple tips here.
For one thing, keep in mind that using far too many products for treating acne can only irritate your skin, leaving it red, blotchy, itchy, overly dry, and so on. You can also wind up with a lot of dry skin flakes because of this, and of course, dry skin over acne only makes the problem worse. A better course for treating acne is to use a very mild and gentle cleanser just once or twice per day, no more. Follow that with a light moisturizer and then just use acne medication in the spots where you have the most breakouts. This way you’re not overdoing it when treating acne and won’t harm the rest of your skin on your face or make the condition worse.
Many people skip the part about moisturizing when treating acne, assuming that their breakouts are caused by too much oil and so moisturizing only makes the problem worse. In reality, if your skin is too dry or you’re stripping too much oil from it then your skin might overcompensate by sending the oil glands into overdrive, producing even more oil than before. Using a light, water-based moisturizer can actually help with treating acne! Your skin knows that it’s getting the moisture it needs so it slows down the oil glands in many cases.
Not doing things that are harsh and rough on your skin is also important when treating acne. It’s easy to be frustrated and even angry at your acne and your skin, and those who do often find that they are very rough with their skincare regimen, using rough loofah sponges and other items, or scrubbing too vigorously. This only serves to irritate your skin and may stimulate those oil glands even more, since oil is the skin’s natural protection against such rough treatment. When treating acne it’s better to be gentle with your skin than it is to be rough. When you’re gentle, your skin will have a chance to heal itself and this means it can address the acne problem.
And of course, there’s no reason you shouldn’t consult with a dermatologist when treating acne. There are many new products on the market and new treatment options for you. These treatment options are usually much less harsh and invasive than they were at one time, and of course, any medications or other treatments you get prescribed are usually more effective than anything you may purchase at the pharmacy or over the counter.