How To Deal With Problem Acne

Saturday, June 17, 2017

While acne may be one of the most common skin conditions, it sure doesn’t make it any less frustrating to deal with. What’s more, while doctors know the mechanics behind why acne occurs, there’s no real, one-size-fits-all approach to make it go away. Some struggle way past puberty into adulthood. Others may find it’s something that crops up alongside hormonal cycles. Whatever the case may be for you, here are a few ideas to help deal with problem acne when it arises.



Establish a Skincare Routine

Whether you have issues with your complexion or not, nailing down a solid skincare routine is one of your best defenses against excess oil (the cause of whiteheads and a variety of other blocked pore types) blackheads, deep, cystic acne and the like. It also helps keep your skin in balance as the season changes. Other than a good cleanser, you’ll also want to include a moisturizer and a very gentle exfoliant. But be careful! You can’t scrub blemishes off your face, and over exfoliating can actually make acne worse. Consider using an exfoliating mask instead of a scrub, which can be too abrasive for skin that’s already aggravated. If you have questions, book an appointment with a skincare specialist such as an esthetician, or talk to your dermatologist about products to work into a daily routine.

Exercise

While sweating doesn’t exactly seem like it’d help skin that’s already battling excess oil, getting a workout in regularly can actually help with those struggling from stress-related breakouts. Raising your heart rate has been shown to boost endorphins, which make you feel good, and can also help your immune system. Additionally, exercise increases blood flow and helps to push cellular waste from the system, which also works to cleanse your skin from the inside out. However, if you’re concerned an intense spin class may aggravate your acne, consider taking a gentle yoga class or going for hike. No matter what you decide on, make sure to gently cleanse your skin beforehand so that existing dirt, grime and makeup isn’t pushed into the pores as they open as you begin to sweat.