Everyone’s fight against acne is different. Here at SkyMD, we understand how acne can affect people physically and mentally. If you’re still trying to figure out a solution to your acne, then this is the right article to read.
1. Acne Treatments Take Time
It’s recommended to consult with a board-certified dermatologist before starting a new acne treatment. Skin differs from person to person, so what might have worked for a friend may not work for you.
When starting a new acne treatment, it takes time and consistency to see results. It is possible to start seeing a difference in your skin in the first few days. However, to know if the acne treatment is truly working, takes anywhere from 4-6 weeks. If you start seeing results during that time period, continue using that specific treatment.
In extreme cases that often deal with nodular acne, it may take up to 2-3 months for the treatment to be effective. If an individual already suffers from cystic or nodular acne they may want to learn more about acne scar treatments.
2. Attack Acne
If the acne treatment the dermatologist recommended begins to show results in 4-6 weeks, it may be time to add an additional treatment to your skin regimen.
In the cases that an acne treatment does not yield results in 4-6 weeks, it typically is attributed to an underlying bacteria, clogged pores, or hormonal issue that is producing too much oil.
The added acne treatment needs to be different than the initial treatment because it needs to attack the different source of acne. The most common acne treatments will include:
- Benzoyl peroxide decreases P. acnes bacteria
- Retinoids, such as adapalene gel, unclog pores and reduce oiliness
- Salicylic acid eases inflammation and unclogs pores
There are available over-the-counter products that contain these ingredients, but for stronger and more effective treatments, a prescription is recommended.
3. Follow the Treatment
One of the biggest mistakes of acne treatment is deviating from the dermatologist’s recommended skin care regimen.
At SkyMD, a board-certified dermatologist will create a skin care regimen that is specific to the patient. These instructions will be particular as to when and where to apply your new skin regimen, how many times a day to apply, and how much is needed every time reapplication takes place.
4. Do Not Overwash
Acne prone skin is sensitive to overwashing. In fact, if you are washing your face with products more than two times a day, it can irritate your acne and make it worse.
You should only wash your face:
- In the morning after waking up
- At night before bed
- After an extensive workout that produces a lot of sweat
5. Stop Scrubbing
Similar to overwashing acne prone skin, it is recommended to not scrub acne areas as well. This will irritate the skin and make the acne worse. Make sure to either use your hands or a soft material that will not cause irritation on the skin.
6. Stop Using the Wrong Skin Care Products
When shopping for skin care products, make sure to check the labeling and ingredients to ensure it is not the causing factor of your acne or making it worse. Good skin care products should be labeled with a few or all of these:
- Won’t clog pores
7. Stop Touching
This might be an obvious step to effective acne treatment but people still poke, pinch, pop, and pick at their acne. This will only irritate your acne and allow extra oils from your hands to worsen your acne problem.
8. Treat The Entire Face
A common mistake in treating acne is only applying the product to the infected area. It is important to use a thin layer of product across the entire area, so it can prevent other acne breakouts from occurring.
9. Diet Matters
People that eat an excessive amount of refined grains and sugars, dairy products, and fast food are more likely to have acne than people who don’t.
Eating a healthy diet filled with omega-3s, probiotics, vitamins A, D, and E can help prevent your skin from having an acne breakout.
A healthy diet is great for your skin and for your overall health.
10. Get Seen By a Dermatologist
If your acne treatment is not working for you, it is time to be seen by a dermatologist.
You should be seen by a dermatologist immediately if you have acne cysts or nodules. A dermatologist can cure and treat any acne condition of any severity, but it increases in complexity the longer a patient waits to be treated.
One of the quickest ways to receive acne treatment is through SkyMD. SkyMD is an online dermatology platform that is owned and operated by board-certified dermatologists. Anyone can start their visit at any time of the day with no appointment. A SkyMD dermatologist will diagnose the acne, map out a treatment plan, and prescribe medication if necessary.
If you are not familiar with telemedicine read more to find out how it can make dermatology visits simple, fast, and affordable for patients.