Many people think that having pimples is something only pubertal teenagers get. That’s not true. Many adults develop acne even when they’re past their pubertal age. In fact, approximately 10% of adults get pimples until they’re 44 years old, more commonly women. (Darn, blame it on those hormones!!)
How to do away with those irritating blemishes forever and ever?
A good skincare regime, including treatment for prevention of acne, is indispensably important.
- Own a good facial cleanser that is able to remove dead skin cells, even from within your pores. One that contains salicylic acid will do just that e.g. Neaclear facial cleanser. Salicylic acid is also good for treating active acne. AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) cleansers are also good in removing dead skin cells from the surface but because it is not as fat-soluble, it does not cleanse pores as deeply as salicylic acid cleansers do.
- Use a toner to remove any residual impurities.
- Next, treat: if you are using topical treatments to prevent formation of comedones and acne. Over-the-counter acne cream usually contain benzoyl peroxide which inhibits bacterial activity and is best used together with antibiotic treatment of acne. It’s also good for treating active acne. Retin A or Adapalene products work by increasing skin cell turnover and decreasing sebum production, hence decreasing the formation of whiteheads, blackheads and pimples.
- Moisturise! You may think this is not necessary since you already have a predisposition to oily skin, but your skincare regime may actually be drying and dry skin is proven to exacerbate acne formation, probably due to increased cell shedding. In acne-prone skin, an oil-free moisturiser is recommended. Any other treatment creams, e.g. anti-aging products, should preferably be serum or gel-based. Cosmetic products, e.g. foundation, should also be non-comedogenic.
- Sunblock (with an SPF of at least 30) is always and still essential even in acne-prone skin. Find one that doesn’t make your face feel like an oil slick if you need to, but do use one regularly. It prevents photoaging and ugly brown spots!
If the above regime isn’t good enough, there are oral treatments e.g. isotretinoin or even oral contraceptives (for ladies) available– see your friendly doctor with regards to that! Big active pimples can also be treated in clinic with a simple intralesional jab of steroid if you need to recover in time for an upcoming event.
Last but not least, discipline and compliance to your prescribed skincare regime is key to successful acne control. So crank it up a notch and here’s to no more pimples in 2011!