Acne is one of the most common skin conditions affecting dermatology patients. Approximately 90% of Americans report having experienced acne at some point in their lives. While often a naturally occurring struggle for teenagers, acne can also affect adult patients causing self-consciousness in both professional and social situations. In most cases, acne is not a serious condition and patients living with acne should not be concerned about their overall health.
Acne is most commonly identified as red, puffy skin that is easily irritated and can contain blackheads or whiteheads due to clogged, dirty pores. Acne can also appear on your face, back, neck and chest. In most instances acne does not require professional intervention or treatment. There are easy tips for caring for your skin condition at home.
Wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser. Avoid scrubs with harsh additives or exfoliating ingredients. Also skip the washcloth or other scrubbing pad. Use your hands instead.
Follow your cleansing with a gentle astringent or toner to improve the cleanliness and texture of your skin.
Keep your hair and fingers away from you skin, including your blemishes. Do not “pop” whiteheads or gouge blackheads as this can spread germs, irritate the skin and make your acne worse.
For those patients who do not require professional treatment for their acne, these simple steps can help keep your skin as clear as possible. However, if you find that your blemishes are not going away or are spreading it may be time to visit Laser and Mohs Dermatology of New York for a professional evaluation.