I have gotten multiple requests to write about tips for treating acne so here it is just as promised. I know it’s a little late but better late than never 🙂
Mild to moderate acne:
- Contrary to what people think, gentle washing is essential for those with acne. Using a milder cleanser such as Cetaphil which is my personal favorite or an acne cleanser such as Sébium Gel moussant twice a day with cool or warm water helps reduce acne. Use your hands, a cleansing brush or a baby washcloth. After you’re done, pat (don’t rub) your skin dry.
- Exfoliating is also important for healthy skin because it removes the dead skin cells and debris which can clog pores causing more acne. After washing your face with a mild cleanser, exfoliate with a face facial scrub once a week.
- All sunscreens, lotions and cosmetics should be oil-free to avoid further clogging of pores! Look for product labels that say “noncomedogenic“, this means that it will not cause clogging of the pores.
- Avoid picking and squeezing the spots resulting in further inflammation and scarring.
- The most common topical product used is benzoyl peroxide such as Benzac AC® . Benzoyl peroxide unclogs skin pores as well as help stop bacteria from growing preventing acne pimples and cystic lesions to form. Strengths range from 2.5% to 10%, the most common strength used is 5%. It is used twice a day. It is important to know that Benzac causes dry skin so you must constantly moisture your skin.
- Using a purifying pore-tightening lotion such as Vinchy Normaderm lotion assainissante astringente reduces blemishes, breakouts and the production of sebum leaving facial pores unblocked and visibly tighter.
It is best to make an appointment with a dermatologist when dealing with severe acne. The doctor may prescribe:
- Topical or oral antibiotics
- Birth control pills
- An isotretinoin
- A prescription-strength retinoid
- Photodynamic therapy (PDT)
I didn’t go into details because it requires a doctor’s prescription. What will be will prescribed to you will depend on patient preference, clinical evidence and the experience of the medical skincare provider. Keep in mind that these treatments have many side effects. I advise that you educate yourself on the mechanism of action of treatment that was prescribed, how to take it, what are the expected side effects, what to do to reduce these side effects and make sure to visit the doctor regularly.
Note: These are the products that I have mentioned.
I hope that these tips help you! xoxo