It’s important to get your acne treated. Acne treatments could be a personalized and multi-step treatment, or just simple additional products prescribed by your dermatologist. The good thing is that you are getting it treated. However, there are many facets to treating your acne beyond just getting your pimples taken care of. You still have to make sure you’re doing more than just following the routine your dermatologist has recommended. Here are three things you should be doing:
- Manage your inflammation – While it’s a good idea to treat acne itself, it’s also important to treat its symptoms, like inflamed skin. Skin that’s reddened is usually sensitive and can be painful, so using products and other treatments to minimize inflammation is just as important as treating acne itself. This may include anti-oxidants,
- Protect your skin – You can protect your skin while getting your acne treated by using a combination of moisturizers to keep the area from drying out, and sunscreens to protect it from the sun’s harmful UV rays. A lot of anti-acne serums tend to dry out your skin as their active ingredients combat acne, so it’s important to keep your skin moisturized. Having dry skin can exacerbate inflammation, itching and redness, while not protecting your skin from the sun can lead to damage that could result in skin cancer.
- Cleansing at night – Your face incurs a buildup of bacteria and debris for the day that can cause even more acne, so it’s important to cleanse your skin at night before you sleep. When you are getting your acne treated, it’s important to choose a mild cleanser, something that’s not so rough on your skin and cause more damage than good.
When you go in for your acne treatment, make sure that you and your dermatologist discuss other things you can do to help improve your skin. Whether it’s extra steps for your home routine, or other in-office treatments that can add to the results of your on-going treatment. Keep in mind that acne treatments are tailored for every person. This means that what would work for one person, might not work for you, as it all depends on your skin type, the acne type, and other factors that could be contributing to your problem.