Top 5 medical tips on how to be acne free this Valentine’s Day
The New Year is in full swing now and I’m sure you’ve all noticed the blossom trees already flowering and daffodils blooming. Yes Hello readers Spring is well and truly on its way… Before spring arrives though the big day of love is knocking on our doors. With a week to go I will share some medical tips on how to treat any post party season acne you may be struggling with, leaving your skin do the talking this weekend.
My top 5 tips on how to clear your acne fast:
1. Benzoyl peroxide containing facial washes: There are many facial washes available on the market which promise to clear your acne. I recommend looking at their ingredients and making sure they contain this magic ingredient, which helps remove excess oil from the skin surface and unclogs you pores. It often helps to leave on the face wash for 10-15 minutes in direct contact on your skin when you apply this in the morning and the evening for a faster result.
2. Use a non-comedogenic moisturizer: There are many moisturisers available on the market and they are all packaged slightly differently i.e. have a different oil to water base. Some are lotions –contain a higher water content, some are creams –more oil content than a lotion and some are ointments –highest oil content with the least water content. The reason why their oil versus water content is important is that with acne your skin is often secreting excess oil/sebum, therefore a lotion or a cream based moisturizer may be better. Non-comedogenic moisturisers reduce the formation of blackheads and whiteheads (open and closed comedones respectively).
3. See your Dermatologist/Doctor and start antibiotics early: If you have sore red spots and/or yellow headed spots it is likely you have inflammatory acne and the most appropriate first line treatment for this is a 3 month course of antibiotics. Acne is thought to occur as a result of overgrowth of a bacterium on the skin called proprionobacterium acnes. Certain acne combatting antibiotics may help reduce the inflamed spots and therefore prevent scarring. Acne related scarring is much harder to treat whilst timely acne treatment with the right medication is much easier and effective.
4. Use topical vitamin A creams: If you have alot of black heads and whiteheads i.e. comedones, this is called comedonal acne and is as a result of blockage of your skin’s oil secreting glands. The best way to treat this is to use topical vitamin A creams, there are many preparations available and a good discussion with your Dermatologist/Doctor will help you decide which one is right for you.
5. Scarring acne needs a hospital/office appointment with your Dermatologist: If you have acne on your face, chest or back that is leaving scars behind you should see your Dermatologist urgently who will assess the severity of your acne and may suggest the acne wonder drug called Isotretinoin. This drug is available by hospital prescription only and your Dermatologist will have to do some tests to see if it safe for you to take this medication. This drug is often used when safe to do so for patients with severe scarring acne.
These top tips will help you kick start your journey for an “acne free Valentines day “. Wishing you all healthy skin and a love centred Valentines day … Stay skin blessed.