Basic Skin Care
Good Daily Skin Care
- Take at least one bath or shower every day; use warm water, for 15 – 20 minutes.
- Use a gentle cleansing bar or wash such as Dove, Oil of Olay, Eucerin, Basis, Cetaphil, Vanicream, Aveeno, CeraVe, or Oilatum. Avoid scrubbing your skin with a wash cloth.
- Pat away excess water and immediately (within 3 minutes), after the bath or shower, apply the moisturizer onto damp skin. This will seal in the water, keeping skin hydrated and will make the skin less dry and itchy.
- Apply the moisturizer everywhere on skin. Recommended fragrance-free moisturizers include Aquaphor Ointment, Eucerin Crème (Original or Calming), Vanicream, Cetaphil Cream, or CeraVe Cream.
- If you have Acne problem of skin and/or back, avoid picking on pimples.
Reduce Skin Irritation
- Wash all new clothes before wearing them. This removes formaldehyde and other potentially irritating chemicals that are used during production.
- Add a second rinse cycle to ensure removal of soap, if you are concerned. Residual laundry detergent, particularly perfume or dye, may be irritating when it remains in the clothing. Changing to a liquid or fragrance-free, dye-free detergent may also be helpful.
- Wear garments that allow air to pass freely to your skin. Open weave, loose-fitting, cotton-blend clothing may be most comfortable.
- Work and sleep in comfortable surroundings with a fairly constant temperature and humidity level.
- Keep fingernails very short and smooth to help prevent damage due to scratching.
TEEN ACNE TIPS
For most teens, clear, under-control skin doesn’t just happen—it’s a way of life. For starters, for anyone with acne you can adopt good habits to help minimize breakouts and keep you skin healthy.
- Keep it clean. Acne isn’t caused by dirt, but gently cleansing is still an important part of maintaining a healthy skin. It removes overabundance of oil and bacteria. So it’s important to counteract it by washing with warm water and mild cleanser twice a day.
- Get 7-9 hours of sleep. Sleep keeps your immune system strong and relieves stress--big acne trigger.
- Exercise regularly. Exercise is a great way to control stress in your life. Even walking can do the trick. It also increases circulation and delivers vital nutrients to your skin. Remember to wear workout gear that wicks moisture away from your body.
- Cut the carbs. Simple carbs/sugars can cause glucose and insulin levels to rise. This surge stimulates oil-producing hormones leading to breakouts. Avoid sugary snacks and drinks.
- Balance the diet. There is no magical Acne Cure Diet. Just eat smart. That means fever simple carbs and more quality protein, fruits and veggies. Keep an eye out for breakouts after certain foods (ex. Chocolate) so you can eliminate them.
- Shun the sun. Sun damages skin and doesn’t help acne. A tan is your body’s reaction to injury. A tan masks acne and looks cool, but it also increased pore-clogging oils and dead skin cells. No matter what time of year it is most of us need broad-spectrum SPF 30 daily.
- It’s critical for unclogging pores. Use a gentle safe formula with tiny poly beads. If you have eczema or super-sensitive skin, skip this one.
- Don’t be picky. Pimples will go away faster if you leave them alone. Picking, poking and squeezing drives bacteria deeper and can scar surrounding skin. For white heads, put a warm compress on it and squeeze gently, if nothing, stop and let it heal itself.
- Be modest with makeup. Less the better. Only use noncomedogenic products, they won’t clog pores.
- Moisturize. Use small amounts after applying any acne medicines.
- Medicate. The best OTC products use salicylic acid to clean pores and benzoyl peroxide to kill acne-causing bacteria. Be patient with your regimen and don’t keep switching. It may take 3-6 months to see results. If you are not seeing improvement with your acne, see a doctor.