Acne is just a bad deal. I don’t care if you’re 12 or 42, male or female. It affects your confidence and the face you put forward to the world (pun completely intended.) I had acne as a kid, my mom took me to a dermatologist, and it was pretty much fine . . . until I was about 27 or 28. Because not all kinds of acne are the same. As a preteen, teen and in my early 20’s, I had mostly surface acne that cleared up with topical treatment. In my late 20’s, they were fairly hard nodules deep under the skin. The dermatologist had to put me on Accutane to get rid of them.
A good dermatologist is worth the $$$. I stress good. Because I’ve gone to derms who said, well make sure you’re using oil-free and noncomedegenic cleanser and lotion, and let me know how that works. Doc, I could have told YOU that. I’ve had lots of friends approach me about this topic, especially as acne seems to recur in pregnancy and/or after 30. Even fellow bloggers have sought my advice – check out Mom on the Rocks, she cracks me up.
So before you go the derm route (and get a referral from a good doc or good friend if you do), there are some things you can try:
1. Natural solutions – if your acne is not too bad, the toothepaste thing really does work. And witch hazel is great for soothing the redness.
2. Rehab your diet – my mom always used to tell me she could tell when I was eating crappy or not drinking enough water. I thought she was NUTS. But now, the older I get the more I “am what I eat.” After I eat fast or fried food (which I really try to stay away from) my skin looks dull and abused (ok maybe abused is a little overdramatic but it’s sure as heck far from glowing.) So drink your water and get those fruits and veggies in (they have antioxidents, vitamins and all that other stuff our skin needs.)
3. Don’t sleep in your makeup!!! Seriously people, take the extra minute to wash your face before you go to sleep. Would you jump into bed without showering after the gym? (If so, I sure feel sorry for the person sleeping next to you.)
4. Buy some good acne products. I highly suggest Juice Beauty or Neutrogena. Mary Kay and Avon also offer good acne products.
5. Keep your hair out of your face while you sleep. You don’t need the oil from your hair (I’m not calling you dirty – everyone’s hair naturally produces oil) getting into your pores. I generally do the ouchless ponytails holders or the elastic headbands. I don’t want to stress out my hair while saving my skin!
6. Sweat is terrible for acne. Shower as soon as you can after working out. If I am heading home to shower, I at wash my face first at the very least. For me, that is where I am most prone to acne, plus you can hide acne if it pops up in other places. I keep makeup remover wipes in my gym bag – that does the trick too.