The Ultimate Guide to Controlling Acne

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Acne can be frustrating to deal with at any age. Many products available in stores promise to deliver results that may seem ineffective in the least, leaving you feeling helpless in your efforts. NY Skin Rx has some advice for you on the dos and don’ts of controlling your acne.

DO see a dermatologist

If you have acne, the best advice is to first seek the consult of a dermatologist. We can evaluate your skin care needs and make a recommendation best suited for you. Even if you have a mild case of acne, we still can help by developing a treatment plan that works. Also, be sure to update the doctor on any lifestyle changes, or if you are taking any medications. A board-certified dermatologist will assess your medical history and determine if your acne is caused by an underlying medical condition.

DON’T share your phone

Avoid sharing your phone with others because it can be an easy target for dirt, oil, and germs, which are easily transferred to your face. The bacteria from other people’s hands could be the culprit of your acne breakouts. It also is a good idea to clean it often using an antibacterial wipe.

DO document acne breakouts or flare-ups

Does your acne seem worse at certain times more than others? There could be something in your diet or environment that is causing these flare-ups. Document what you eat, your stress levels, and mood to determine if there is a correlation between those factors and when your acne seems worse.

DON’T use pore-clogging products

Using makeup or skin care products that contain additives or other harsh ingredients could be causing your breakouts and clogging your pores. Look for oil-free cosmetics and skin care products, and ones that are labeled as noncomedogenic, which simply means they won’t clog your pores.

DO moisturize

Contrary to popular belief, even acne-prone skin needs to be moisturized. Many people with acne, however, believe that their skin needs to be dry to help prevent clogged pores and breakouts. But, that couldn’t be further from the truth. It is essential to choose a moisturizer suitable for your skin type, because if the skin is too dry, it will produce too much oil, making your efforts counterproductive.

DON’T only treat your skin during flare-ups

It is easy to pay attention to your skin only when acne flares-up, but be sure that you give it special attention daily. You can better control your acne by adapting to a daily skin care regimen, and not just when you are having a problem with your skin. Also, if you receive acne medication from your dermatologist, be sure to use it as directed, not just when you have a breakout.

Managing acne is an ongoing effort. Following this guide can help you maintain skin that makes you feel confident. However, if you continue experiencing problems with your acne, it is best to have a consultation with a board-certified dermatologist. Your skin care regimen or acne treatment plan may need to be changed. NY Skin RX can help! Give us a call at (212) 288-3200.

NY Skin RX serves the New York City areas of Manhattan and the Upper East Side.

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