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Acne Tips - Darek Anderson PA-C

by HS Dermatology | Oct 14, 2020

1. Be gentle. Acne prone skin is very sensitive to inflammation. Aggressive skin cleansers can potentially make things worse. Things like scrubs can aggravate the skin, leading to more plugging of our pores and make acne worse. I recommended gentle cleaners like Cetaphil, Cerave, or Obagi foaming cleanser.

2. Be consistent. There are many treatment options for acne. No matter if you and your provider decide to treat with some topical medications or visit our Skin Care Department, consistency is the key. The better we are at sticking with a treatment plan; the better things will be.

3. Be patient. Patience is the key. We have so many great treatment options for acne, but nothing works instantly. Even if your acne is “mild” or you are on a course of Accutane, nothing will get your acne better fast. We must give the medications some time to work. The skin does not like to respond quickly to treatments, so we need to have the right expectations when it comes to clearing up acne. I generally recommend that our patients stick with a treatment option for at least 2 months before we decide if it is going to work or not. Unfortunately, acne sometimes gets worse before it gets better. We also might experience some side effects we do not like, or sometimes the acne just does not get better. However, we must stick to our plan for at least 2 months before deciding to change things up. We know its super frustrating, but it's important we give it time to work

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