Sometimes it’s hard to know what your skin really needs to be as healthy as possible. This article will help answer those questions by providing these evidence-based tips on what you can do to get the glowing, acne-free complexion you want.
You Need to See an Acne Expert
Most acne can’t be treated with over-the-counter products most effectively. If your acne isn’t clearing up you may want to work with someone who specializes in acne. There are topical treatments that can wipe out acne better than the OTC remedies and a good Acne Expert can create a plan for you that will deliver results. Even if you feel like you’ve already tried everything to clear your acne.
You Don’t Stick Long Enough to a Regimen
Inflamed skin takes time to calm down and heal. Give yourself at least 3 to 6 months on a regimen to see results. And make sure you apply treatment to the entire affected area. If you spot treat, the bacteria could grow elsewhere.
Some people go cold turkey once the worst of their breakouts are over only to find their acne flares up again. Once your skin clears up, it’s important to keep up your regimen so you can continue having clear skin.
Wash your face twice a day
If you’re prone to breakouts or have oily skin, don’t skimp on washing your face as part of your morning and evening skin care routine. In a study that focused specifically on face washing, participants were asked to wash their face one, two, or four times a day for a six-week period. At the end of the study, there was a significant improvement in the acne lesions of those who washed their face twice a day. The participants who only washed their face once a day had the greatest increase in pimples. Plus those that washed more then twice a day became dry and really irritated which made their acne worse.
Use the most effective cleanser for your skin
The aisles at most drugstores are packed with all sorts of facial cleansers. Trying to figure out which one is right for you can be overwhelming. When it comes to choosing the “best” cleanser, fancier may not necessarily be better.
Having a trained acne expert help you select the best cleanser for you can mean the difference between being overwhelmed with all the options and having one easy solution to your acne problems.
Go easy on the sugar
Although there’s limited research on the connection between your diet and your skin, several studies have shown that foods with a high glycemic index may be linked with acne.
In a large study from 2009, more than 2,000 participants were placed on a low-glycemic diet. Not only did they lose weight, but 87 percent of the study’s participants also found they had less acne.
To cut back on foods with a high glycemic index try to:
- Limit processed carbs, like white bread and baked goods.
- Cut back on sugary sodas and sweets.
- Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy sources of protein.
- Limit alcohol consumption.
These are just a few tips to remember to help get your skin clear. To read more about how to get clear skin, click here. When you are ready to start our acne clearing program click here or give us a call at 801-800-6602 to book your appointment. As always, stay safe, stick to your routine, and we’ll see you soon!