Face Acne Head-On

7 Tips to Keep Acne Under Control

Stacie Vaughn
@simplystacienet
Middleton, Nova Scotia

 

It's a myth that acne only affects teens and I'm living proof. I'm a 36 year-old mom of two girls and havesuffered from acne since I was 12.

Acne doesn't discriminate. It affects people of all ages. It is a well-known "teenage affliction", but people in their adult years can still deal with it on an ongoing basis. It’s something that I’ve learned to live with. I realize that there is no cure for acne, but there are things I can do to keep myself and my acne-prone skin as healthy as possible.I’ve learned a trick or two over the years and have tried numerous “treatments”. Some have been successful and others, well, a waste of time (and money).

Take Clear Action for your Skin

With a few simple changes, you can be well on your way to managing your breakouts. My acne isn’t completely gone, but it is 100x better than it used to be even five years ago. With small changes, you can make a big difference in the appearance and health of your skin. Here are seven tips to help keep your acne under control.

 

1. Don't pick or pop your blemishes.

It may be very tempting to want to pop the pimple especially when it's at a "head". However, by doing this, you can cause scarring and spread the infected oils to your other pores. As hard as it is, just leave the pimple alone. I’m a picker so I have to continually remind myself to NOT pop the blemish!
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Ask an Expert!

The Question: How long does it take to get rid of my acne?

The Answer: There is no single answer. Several factors that can determine the length of treatment; acne type, age, previous treatments and severity of condition.
Shoppers Drug Mart Associate-owner
Rami Saaloukeh, BSc. (Pharm.) BSc.(Chem.).

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2. Avoid touching your face.

Your hands can spread the bacteria and cause even more pimples. I used to sit in class with my hand on my chin and then wonder why I'd get so many breakouts. Once I stopped that habit, the breakouts cleared up considerably!

3. Keep your hair off your face.

The oils in your hair can add to the oil on your face. It's important to wash your hair often and tie it back so it's not touching your face. I tend to wear my hair tied back in a ponytail most days.
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4. Don't add extra oil to your skin.

Try to avoid oily products like greasy sunscreens or hair care products whenever possible. Read labels and look for products that are water-based and non-comedogenic. My face is extremely oily which is great to prevent wrinkles, but bad for acne! Try Life Brand Clear Action Oil Absorbing Sheets to instantly remove excess oil on your skin and help keep your pores clean and clear.

Ask an Expert!

The Question: What treatment methods are available?

The Answer: Topical cleansers which can help in mild conditions. More severe cases can require the treatment of topical and oral antibiotics, and in some severe cases the use of Retinoid therapy.
Shoppers Drug Mart Associate-owner
Rami Saaloukeh, BSc. (Pharm.) BSc.(Chem.).

5. Wash your pillowcase frequently.

Dirt and oil from your skin and your surroundings can transfer onto your pillowcase. It's important to remember to launder it often to keep breakouts at a minimum. I wash mine every two to three days.
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6. Don't over wash your face.

Washing your face more often does more harm than good. It can irritate your skin and even make your acne worse. Wash your face no more than twice a day and avoid scrubbing it too hard. I wash mine in the morning and before I go to bed.

7. Be gentle to your skin.

Use a mild cleanser to clean your skin and remove the dirt, oil and make-up. Life Brand Clear Action products contain acne fighting ingredients that penetrate pores, clear up breakouts and help to prevent new ones. Try their washes, cleansers and moisturizers made specifically for acne-prone skin!
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To ensure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.

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