For the trillion acne affected people around the world (e.g. nearly 50 million Americans), there are tons of treatments available. Those treatments can be Natural Home Remedies, Over-the-counter products, or Prescribed Medications.
Here, my point is that with all these numerous amount of available solutions (adding the so-called acne solutions too), mistakes can happen. And these mistakes may be the cause of your acne treatment failure.
Table of Contents
- 1 1- Not sticking to an Acne Treatment Long Enough
- 2 2- Using too many Products at a time
- 3 3- Over Washing your Skin
- 4 4- Picking the Wrong Products for your Skin Type
- 5 5- Not Moisturizing your Skin
- 6 6- You are Tanning
- 7 7- Popping Pimples
- 8 8- Waiting too Long to Visit a Skin Doctor
- 9 9- Under or Over-Using Acne Medications
- 10 10- Stopping Acne Medications once It is Gone
- 11 Final Words
1- Not sticking to an Acne Treatment Long Enough
Many people become impatient when they start treating their pimples, hoping for the overnight vanishing of the pimples.
But the thing is that skin reacts slowly to treatment. Even the acne came so fast, but the healing process takes time.
According to Barbara R. Reed, a dermatology professor at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver; “your skin requires 6 to 12 weeks for the results to come up, You should stick to one treatment at a time for at least 1 whole month”.
Keep in mind that your skin may feel irritated for first few weeks of Acne treatment, its normal.
2- Using too many Products at a time
As mentioned earlier, most of the people are so hastened about their acne, and when one treatment method is not showing results in the first few days of treatment, they start thinking about other ways to do the job faster.
They start trying new products for few days, and when they do not see positive results, they quit it. And this circle continues.
This irresponsible action of yours can make many troubles for your skin like make your lesions bigger, more likely to be heal with spots and scars.
3- Over Washing your Skin
As a wise man once said, “Excess of everything is wrong”.
Over washing and over Scrubbing can increase the irritation as it can compromise your skin’s protective barrier, leading to worsen acne.
Instead, try to use a non-irritating and pH balanced cleanser to cleanse your face gently.
The other important part is to rinse off the residue thoroughly as it can also cause irritation.
4- Picking the Wrong Products for your Skin Type
Alkaline bar soaps, harsh cleansers, and alcohol containing products are considered as bad for acne-prone skins.
The use of “Non-comedogenic” or “for acne-prone skin” labeled skin products are always recommended by skin experts.
Non-Comedogenic means that it doesn’t contain oil, as oil plays an important role in clogging up your pores.
5- Not Moisturizing your Skin
Studies have shown that the probability of breakouts in well-hydrated skin is lesser.
Don’t let the moisturizer scare you even if you have an oily skin too, says Dr. Fayne L. Frey, M.D
However, Neelam A Vashi, M.D suggests the use of liquids, gels, and serums instead of thicker and creamy lotions.
6- You are Tanning
Many people go tanning, hoping that it would help their acne. But it does more harm than good to your skin.
The exposure to UV radiations of your skin is more harmful than the acne fighting benefit of a tanning bed.
The red or brown dots due to acne can become more darker with the sun exposure.
7- Popping Pimples
Popping or Picking at pimples comes later, I always discourage the acne prone people not to touch or play with your pimples.
Because you can irritate your skin and can transfer the bacteria and germs to the good skin parts which obviously means more problems – and you do not want more problems – do you?
Popping pimples can cause bursting of the pore beneath the skin layer, allowing the bacteria and the dead skin cells to go deeper and affect the surrounding skin and may leave a temporary or permanent scar also.
8- Waiting too Long to Visit a Skin Doctor
It is certainly the best time to make an appointment with a dermatologist if your acne is causing pain, or scarring, or the home remedies and the OTC products aren’t clearing them up.
Leave your acne treatment to the dermatologists, because they are experts in it and they have more tools to treat your acne better. They can prescribe stronger oral medications and OTC products.
They may also suggest the light and laser therapy and chemical peels for the impatient’s acne.
It is also possible that you may have something entirely different on your skin, which can only be treated by a dermatologist.
9- Under or Over-Using Acne Medications
As I have been telling in my previous posts about treating your acne, that the key to success is consistency!
I stresses the patients to use the medications exactly as instructed, says Diane S. Berson, MD, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Ithaca.
Most of the patients lose motivation after a week or two of using the medications and they fail to achieve the goal of acne-free skin eventually.
While others overuse it, which won’t help them also. Overuse of acne medications can cause redness and dryness on your skin.
It is also essential to apply the medication to the whole area of your skin that tend to break out, because with the spot treatment, you are missing the area next to your current pimple/pimples, while another pimple could be brewing there.
10- Stopping Acne Medications once It is Gone
It is not a wise decision to instantly cut down the use of Acne medication once it starts clearing up or completely gone.
Experts suggest reducing the usage of your treatment instead of quitting it completely.
If you have been using it twice a day, reduce it to one time per day for a while, then once every two days, and then twice a week and then you can stop using it completely.
However, if you want an acne-free skin, you may need to go with the continues usage of at least ONE acne product, you can cut it down to few times a week if using an OTC product.
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