At least 85% of teens; plus, 25% of all adult men and 50% of adult women are affected by acne. Sometimes acne makes you lose confidence. And improper acne treatment can cost you much and unworthy while there are too many available medications and treatments that make you confused and overwhelmed. Mistake in acne treatments even can make it worse.
Below are eight common mistakes about acne treatment.
1: Not trying an acne treatment long enough
Skin reacts slowly to treatment and requires times, often between two to six weeks to heal. Donot be impatient if the skin experiences minor irritation the first couple of weeks of treatment. It can even get worse before it gets better. Keep using a product one month if you notice any improvement.
2: Trying too many products at once
When patients with acne don’t results in the first few days of treatment, they often abandon the products they used very quickly and start trying different products. They also add one product to another. That can make the acne lesions bigger, more likely to pigment, and heal with spots and scars.
3: Overscrubbing or overcleansing the skin
Acne is not from dirt but many people tend to overwash and overscrub when they get acne. That can compromise the skin’s protective barrier and can increase irritation. Instead of overwashing and overscrubbing, you may use a nonirritating, pH-balanced cleanser to decrease inflammation.
4: Choosing the wrong products for acne-prone skin
Harsh cleansers, alkaline bar soaps, and alcohol-based products may worsen acne. Look for “noncomedogenic” or “for acne-prone skin” products that do not contain ingredients that tend to clog pores in people. Isopropyl palmitate, isopropyl myristate, butyl stearate, isopropyl isostearate, decyl oleate, isostearyl neopentanoate, isocetyl stearate, myristle myristate, cocoa butter, acetylated lanolin, and D & C red dyes are ingredients found in products such as cosmetics, sunscreen, and moisturizers that are more likely to clog pores. Products containing oil can clog pores and lead to breakouts.
5: Popping and picking at pimples
People tend to pop and pick pimples when they get acne but that prolongs healing time and increases the risk of scarring. Infected material can get pushed further into the skin, leading to more swelling and redness.
6: Waiting too long to see a dermatologist
Once acne starts taking a toll on self-esteem, becomes painful, causes excessive scarring, or if over-the-counter (OTC) medications aren’t clearing it up, you should go to see a dermatologist. Do not wait too long, which make the treatment longer and more expensive.
7: Overusing or under using a prescribed acne medication
Overusage will not help clear the acne, but can cause additional redness and dryness while under use the medication could not give you the good results. Many people also under use because they lose motivation after the first two weeks. Underusing the medication by spot-treating fails to prevent breakouts, too.
8: Stopping the use of acne medication once it clears up
To keep skin blemish-free, continue usage with one acne product less and less such as decrease the frequency of using it a day, a week and the stop. It often takes acne four to six weeks to return, just like it took it the same amount of time for it to get better