As summer gets into full swing, it is important to evaluate your skin care regimen. One of the most common skin care concerns, for adults and teenagers alike is acne. Excess oil, hormones, and stress are some of the common culprits when it comes to acne breakouts. Regardless of why your skin breaks out, there are some basic steps in treating acne prone skin that will help you achieve a clear complexion. Your daily skin care regimen is key when it comes to treating existing breakouts. However, prevention against future breakouts and diet are also vital when it comes to keeping your skin clear.
Cleanse & clear: Creating a daily skin care regimen that involves cleansing the face twice a day is imperative. Using a cleanser that contains salicylic acid will help target acne prone skin. For best results, incorporate exfoliating cleansers once a week will help clear the pores of debris and build up. Adding regular facials will also help clear the pores and rid your skin of blackheads by offering a deep cleanse and extractions.
Protect & prevent: Another step in keeping your skin clear and breakout free is to avoid touching your face and picking at acne lesions. By doing this you will not only help heal current breakouts, but prevent future breakouts and acne scarring. Applying a spot treatment, such as a 5% benzoyl peroxide treatment (found in drug stores) works synergistically with salicylic acid in targeting acne. In addition to your daily efforts to clear your skin and prevent future breakout, you can also add medical-grade chemical peels into your acne-fighting regimen. The peel will help improve the texture of your skin, smoothing out scarring from past breakouts, and clear your skin from dead cells and debris to prevent future breakouts.
Eat clean: Staying hydrated helps keep your pores clear, so it is important to drink six to eight glasses of water a day. You can also help keep your pores clear by eating probiotic foods such as bananas, yogurt, honey, and artichokes. These foods help the body digest food properly and absorb essential nutrients, preventing toxins from building up in the skin. Adding zinc into your diet by taking an 8mg-11mg supplement a day will help wounds heal quicker. Selenium is also a great addition to your diet; it helps improve acne redness and skin discoloration. Animal products such as salmon, shrimp, turkey, tuna, and cod contain high concentrations of selenium.
If your acne persists, it is always recommended to consult a dermatologist who will evaluate the underlying cause of your acne and give you further options on how to best treat your acne. Everyone deserves clear, radiant skin and it is possible by creating a customized skin care plan that fits your lifestyle.
Denice Schwind, PA-C has specialized in medical and cosmetic dermatology since 2004 and is an industry leader in skin care and anti-aging. Feel free to submit questions directly to Denice at [email protected]