Dealing with breakouts? Our dermatologists can help!
When it comes to treating acne, it’s easy to think you’re helping the issue when really you could be making it worse. This is why it’s a good idea to turn to our Bexley, OH, dermatologists, Dr. Matthew Zirwas and Dr. Jill Fichtel, if you are finding that at-home care isn’t reducing your acne symptoms.
Here are some simple lifestyle modifications you can try to improve the health of your skin,
- Be patient and allow a new acne product time to work. Even over-the-counter cleansers and acne treatments can take up to 12 weeks for the full effect. Before you decide to switch to a new product, give the one you are currently using about 12 weeks before deciding whether or not it’s actually working.
- Avoid using too many acne-fighting products at once. Too much of a good thing could actually be a bad thing when it comes to caring for your acne-prone skin. Furthermore, some of these products can dry out skin and cause irritation, so using too many of these products could actually make acne worse.
- Be gentle with your skin. Scrubbing your skin won’t make the acne better; it will only make it worse. Look for gentle cleansers and make sure to thoroughly rinse these cleansers off your skin to reduce the risk of irritation. Acne isn’t the result of dirt, so no amount of scrubbing is actually going to reduce your breakouts.
- Do not pop your pimples, no matter how tempted you may feel to do so. While our Bexley, OH, skin doctors have the proper techniques and tools to be able to safely extract a pimple without causing scarring, you do not. Picking and prodding acne will only make it worse and may lead to a permanent scar.
When to Turn to a Dermatologist
It’s important to recognize when it’s time to see a professional about your acne problems. If your acne is severe, painful, affecting your quality of life or isn’t responding to at-home treatments, it’s time to turn to us for an evaluation. We offer many ways to combat your acne symptoms, from antibiotics and oral contraceptives to laser therapy and chemical peels. The type of treatments we recommend will be based on the cause of your acne.
If you are battling acne in Bexley, OH, and over-the-counter medications and cleansers aren’t helping, it’s time to get the proper skin care you need for clearer skin. Call Bexley Dermatology today at (614) 947-1716 to schedule a consultation with us!