Drinking water usually thought to prevent acne by promoting proper skin hydration.
Several studies have found that upping your intake of water may help keep your skin soft and smooth when used alongside a moisturizer and other skin care products.
But, if you feel you’ve tried just about everything to get rid of acne but still see marks. For that, you need to make some changes.
The following tips from dermatologists can help you get started.
1. Give a treatment at least 4 weeks to work
Using a new acne product every few days may seem useful, but that approach can worsen acne. Acne treatment needs time to work. Using a different product every few days can also irritate your skin, causing new breakouts.
If a treatment works for you, you should notice some improvement in 4 to 6 weeks. It can take two to three months or longer to see clearing.
If you notice improvement, keep using the treatment. Even when you see clearing, you’ll want to keep using the acne treatment. This helps to prevent new breakouts.
2. Attack the different causes of acne
If you don’t see improvement after 4 to 6 weeks, add a second product to your treatment plan.
This approach can help attack the different causes of acne. Bacteria, clogged pores, oil, and inflammation can all cause pimples.
To help you select another product, here’s what the different active ingredients work on:
- Benzoyl peroxide decreases P. acnes bacteria
- Retinoids, such as adapalene gel, unclog pores and reduce oiliness
- Salicylic acid eases inflammation and unclogs pores
4. Wash your face twice a day and after sweating
Acne-prone skin is sensitive. Washing more than twice a day can irritate your skin, making it worse.
For best results, dermatologists recommend washing your face when you:
- Wake up
- Are ready to go to bed
- Have a sweaty face
5. Don’t scrub your face
If your skin feels greasy, dirty, or grimy, you may be tempted to scrub it clean. Don’t! Scrubbing can irritate skin with pimples.
6. Use skin care products and cosmetics that don’t cause acne
These products are labeled. On the package, you may see one of the following:
- Won’t clog pores
- Oil free
7. Resist touching, picking, and popping
Popping a pimple may seem like the fastest way to clear it, but popping it can actually make things worse. Every time you touch, pick, or pop, you can worsen the situation.
8. Spread medication on all acne-prone skin
Applying a thin layer on your acne-prone skin helps treat existing pimples and prevent new breakouts.