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Dos and Don’ts for Acne Sufferers September 8, 2011

Filed under: Acne — askanesthetician @ 5:41 am
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One of my favorite sections of Glamour magazine is the “Dos and Dont’s” section where the magazine editors show you the right and wrong ways to wear trendy fashions as illustrated by real women.  (Glamour even wrote a whole book about dos and don’ts)  I’ve used this idea of dos and don’ts in my blog before (I wrote a post called Dos and Don’ts of Winter Skincare), but since I love the format so much I decided to use it again in another context.

Caring for your skin when you have acne can be very perplexing.  First off, there are so many different anti-acne products for sale (at stores, online, and through infomercials) that it can be extremely puzzling to understand what to buy and how to use it.  Secondly, everywhere you turn someone seems to be giving advice about how to prevent and heal acne, and a lot of that advice can be contradictory.  All of the advice can add up to even more confusion.  And lastly, figuring out what combination of anti-acne products work best for you in order to cure your acne can be a long and arduous task.  Now having said all that there are some very basic things that all acne sufferers should do or not do in order to keep their acne under control.  So lets jump in!

Do wear sunscreen!  Everyone needs wear sunscreen daily.  There are plenty of sunscreens that won’t clog your pores or feel heavy and greasy on your face.  Two of my favorites are:  GloTherapeutics Oil Free Spf 40+ and La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid.

Do wear makeup if you want!  Look for makeup that is labeled “oil-free” or “non-comedegenic” which means it won’t clog pores.  Mineral makeup can be particularly good for acne prone skin.

Do use moisturizer!  It simply isn’t true that if your skin is acne prone you can’t use moisturizer.  When you use strong anti-acne products your skin dries out and cries out for moisture.  As with makeup be sure to look for “oil free” moisturizers or products that say they are meant for oily skin.  Some of my favorite moisturizers for normal to oily skin are:  GloTherapeutics Oil Free Moisturizer, PCA Skin Clearskin moisturizer, and Skinceuticals Daily Moisture.

Do seek professional help!  There is no need to battle your breakouts alone particularly if you have tried different home care products and you are still plagued by acne.  Visit a dermatologist for a consultation and go for a facial in order to get advice from a qualified esthetician.  Seeking professional help will make sure that your breakouts go away and stay away.  A doctor or esthetician can also perform facial peels which will help your acne heal.  Peels are wonderful for acne prone skin (for all skin types actually).

Do wash your pillowcase weekly and clean your phones with anti-bacterial wipes regularly!  Acne causing bacteria can linger on your phone (which you press up to your face daily) and pillowcase and just cause more breakouts in the end.  Be sure to keep both of these clean on a weekly basis in order to prevent new breakouts.

Do figure out your acne triggers!  Each of our skin reacts differently to a large number of acne causing factors.  Figuring out if stress or diet is causing your acne is something that only you can determine.  Look at Chapter 3: Targeting Your Acne Triggers from the book Healing Adult Acne by Richard G. Fried, MD, PhD for help in determining your specific acne triggers.

Do educate yourself!  Two of the best resources out there on acne are online and free.  Check out: and AcneNet

Don’t follow someone else’s anti-acne regime!  Each of us is unique and so is our skin.  Don’t be swayed by celebrity endorsements, TV informercials, magazine ads, and TV ads in order to try a new anti-acne product.

Don’t give up!  I’ve suffered from acne for over 20 years.  I know just how frustrating and depressing it can be look in the mirror when you have acne.  The good news is that there are so many great products and resources out there for people with acne.  Keep your spirits up – you will find a solution for your acne!

Further reading:  Coping with Acne:  Your Care Plan WebMD


3 Responses to “Dos and Don’ts for Acne Sufferers”

  1. Holly Says:

    I’m suffering with acne and i’m in secondary school. Everyone notices and ask me what’s on my face, i feel hopeless because i have tried everything!!! Nothing seems to be working. I feel under pressure from the work and i get emotional about my skin. i never gave a damn before, now i hide my face from everyone…i’ve lost my confidence and my self esteem

    • Marikalena Says:

      I have been suffering from acne for 13-14 years. I went to doctor few times, all my acnes disappeared when i used products that was given by them, but then my acnes appeared again once i stopped using recommended product. I have tried home remedy, but all seem futile. Now, i’m fine with it. I keep cleaning my skin everyday and treat it gently with some home remedy. Be confident, there are many long acne sufferers including me :D. Treat your acne with care but don’t give it too much attention. More concern is given to acne, more you are prone to frustration. Try to live with it for now and elevate your confidence again.

  2. tpxx Says:

    hi, I have suffered from acne for 13 years, I’m 23 and this is supposed to be a great time for us girls rite? I get days where I don’t wana leave my house! Id say my acne is mild to moderate, but to me it is the worse thing ever! I have a face full of spots and blackheads, people say to me, think yourself lucky you don’t have huge lumps and craters.. no, I definitely don’t think myself lucky because I’m still a acne sufferer! mild severe we all feel the same? I get it could be worse but it could also be better! iv tried every topical, lotion, potion & antibiotic! NOTHING works for me, my skin is so sensitive its unbeleivable! people say to me try this try that.. it just doesn’t work, my skin breaks out 10 times worse cuz of the perfume & other crap in it, even natural tgings don’t seem to work. there must be something for me?! I tried contraseptive pills etc but due to high eastrogen levels had to go on the progestrone only pill, and my skin is even more hideous! someone please tell me they can relate to me?

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