How to Treat Acne Gently

Acne treatment products can be found from left to right in many stores. The question is, will they be able to treat your acne gently and safely? Most commercial acne treatment solutions are effective but harsh on the skin, and you’re not one who should sacrifice your skin just to remove those pimples and other skin problems. Here are some tips to deal with your acne problems without imposing harm on your skin.


Know Why You Have Acne

Acne problems are caused by several factors, and it’s important to understand all of them in order to prevent future breakouts and recurrence of acne.

The most common cause of acne is clogged pores where bacteria, specifically the P. acne bacteria, love to dwell in. The oil produced by your skin glands, called sebum, is helpful to keep your skin look glowing and prevent foreign bacteria from harming the skin. However, if sebum is produced in high amounts, it can clog up the pores and let the acne bacteria grow.

Second, hormones play a role in having acne problems. Stress, such as pregnancy, monthly periods, abnormal sleep patterns, or work overload, increases the production of hormones, causing acne breakouts.

Third, acne problems can be hereditary, as people whose parents or close relatives suffer from acne are more likely to have them.

Treating Acne at Home

Having clogged pores is the first and most common reason for acne problems, as mentioned earlier. To deal with this, you don’t need to undergo facial or whole body skin treatments at a spa.

The first thing to do is to learn how to wash your skin properly. Dermatologists say that scrubbing the skin in order to remove the acne is wrong. Instead of a washcloth, use the finger pads of your hands to wash your face and body thoroughly, but not vigorously. Never do “spot treating”, or washing only the areas where the acne is visible. Remember that there are pimples that may be lurking under your skin, so wash and treat your whole face.

In addition, never scratch pimples away, because you will harm the skin under or around it, and the bacteria will still be present and might also spread.

Read the label of the skin care soaps and other products that you intend to use, making sure that harsh ingredients such as sodium laurel sulphate (SLS) and parabens are not around. Skin doctors recommend a 5% benzoyl peroxide product for a gentle, yet effective acne treatment.


Seeking Medical Treatment

If you have done the aforementioned tips on home acne treatment routinely but the acne is still visible on your skin for two weeks, suspect that your acne problems are caused by either hormonal imbalances or genetics. If one of these two is the real cause, seeking the help of a doctor, particularly a dermatologist, is needed as soon as possible.

Another indication of your need for a medical treatment is when the acne leaves marks or scars on your skin, meaning the pimples are deeply-rooted. The dermatologist will prescribe gentle acne topical creams suitable for your skin type.

RejuvaDERM offers an extensive range of skin care products, which are available from their skin care store.

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