Treat acne like a pro!

More than 50 million Americans are affected by acne and we can all admit the many (way too many) available medications and treatments can be confusing and overwhelming. It’s extremely easy to make serious mistakes treating acne, we can even make it worse! Many of us, girls (me too!), have to deal with acne, maybe some of us have less others might even have serious acne scars! But let me show you the basic dos and don’ts that can be really helpful treating acne 🙂 xoxo

1. mistake: Being Impatient

Girls, we all have to understand, even if those nasty spots came on fast, it requires a hell of a time for your skin to react to those treatments and to heal! It can take up to 6 to 12 weeks, so don’t panic! Give your product a month and keep on using it if you notice any improvement or switch to another if there isn’t. In some cases, your skin might feel a bit irritated the first couple of weeks of treatment, according to Diane S. Berson, MD. It will definitely get better!

2. mistake: Trying too many products at the same time

The story starts the same. You just started a new treatment and after a week there is no improvement. So you just start layering on many products, or even switching to another product, then back to the first one… This way you may accidentally distress your skin, making the acne lesions bigger, more likely to pigment, and heal with spots and scars! You definitely don’t want that …

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3. mistake: Don’t pop your pimples!

Popping and picking pimples prolongs healing time and raises the risk of scarring. Infected material can get pushed further into the skin, leading to more swelling and redness.

4. mistake: Over-cleansing your skin

Scrubbing the skin will actually worsen acne, as it can compromise the skin’s protective barrier and increase irritation. Instead, gently wash with a nonirritating, pH-balanced cleanser to lessen inflammation. It’s also important to thoroughly rinse off the cleanser, because the residue can be irritating.

5. mistake: Don’t hesitate to contact a dermatologist!

It’s time to make an appointment once acne starts taking a toll on self-esteem, becomes painful, causes scarring, or if over-the-counter (OTC) medications aren’t clearing it up. Dermatologists have more tools to treat acne and can prescribe stronger concentrations of OTC medications and oral antibiotics. They can also offer you light and laser therapy and chemical peels. Dermatologists can also give prescription medicines that are tailored to the type of acne you have and also your skin type!

6. mistake: Never over-use or under-use the prescribed acne medication!

Always use the medication as instructed! Over-usage won’t help clear the acne. It can cause more redness and dryness. Many people under-use because they lose motivation after the first 2 weeks. Important to know that under-using the medication by spot-treating fails to prevent breakouts!

7. mistake: Don’t stop using the acne medication once it cleares up!

It’s best to taper medication usage by using it less and less. For example, if you’ve been using it twice a day, use it once a day for a while, then once every other day, then twice a week, and then stop. It often takes acne 4 to 6 weeks to return, just like it took it the same amount of time for it to get better…

8. mistake: You are trying the wrong product

Harsh cleansers, alkaline bar soaps, and alcohol-based products may only worsen your acne! You have to look for products which are noncomedogenic, so they don’t contain ingredients that tend to clog pores in you with acne-prone skin. Products containing cosmetics, sunscreen and moisturizers are more likely to clog pores. Products containing oil can also clog pores and lead to breakouts.

Top 5 Acne-fighting products according to Total Beauty reviewer ratings:

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Best No. 5. Juara Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner, $29 – TotalBeauty.com average reviewer rating: 8.9 “I use this in the place of a moisturizer, and find it to be very light and soothing,” says one reviewer. “It’s unique in that it provides hydration and moisture without oil,” writes another, which makes this toner “great for combo skin” or sensitive, acne-prone skin that needs “calming” benefits.

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Best No. 4. Bye Bye Blemish Drying Lotion, $9.99 – TotalBeauty.com average reviewer rating: 9.0 Reviewers call this product a “magic eraser” for blemishes. “As soon as you spot a pimple, put some of this product on and it’ll disappear,” says one reviewer. Others echo her claims, saying this “miracle worker” really “dries up pimples.”

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Best No. 3. ZenMed AHA/BHA Complex, $19.95 – TotalBeauty.com average reviewer rating: 9.4 One reviewer says this product, designed to be used like a toner, really “worked to reduce the size of [her] pores and remove blackheads completely.” “It makes my skin feel really clean but not dried out,” says another. “This is the product I will continue to use.”

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Best No. 2. Obagi Clenziderm MD System, $143 – TotalBeauty.com average reviewer rating: 9.4 “This is pricey but totally worth it,” raves one reviewer. “I have tried everything to get rid of my acne but this is the only thing that has worked for me.” Others say that this product “not only treats breakouts, [it] doesn’t overdry … skin.” After using this system, one reviewer says that she has “never felt more confident about [her] skin in [her] whole life.”

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Best No. 1. CosMedix Clarity Serum, $36 – TotalBeauty.com average reviewer rating: 9.6 “This product has made a noticeable difference in my acne in less than two weeks,” says one reviewer. “It’s really effective in healing acne quickly,” says another. “It also helps diminish post-acne marks.” Overall, reviewers say this “super-charged acne fighter” keeps “oily, acne-prone skin manageable and clear.”

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