Do you struggle with acne and easily-irritated skin? Are you tired of having to use concealer or comb your bangs down to hide embarrassing blemishes? Stop wasting time with short-term treatment of the symptoms of acne, and start taking steps to address the underlying causes of your skin problems!
At Kallgren Dermatology Clinic in Boulder, we’re passionate about helping people enjoy clear, healthy skin and providing medical-grade solutions to address any number of skin issues, no matter their severity or their cause. In today’s blog, we’ll be discussing a variety of strategies you can try to reduce your acne and soothe your irritated skin. These steps likely won’t be the cure-all for your skin issues — after all, there are many skin conditions that are genetic — but they can help you mitigate the symptoms of any skin problems you may be struggling with. Continue reading to learn more about managing your acne and skin problems, and connect with Kallgren Dermatology today to make an appointment for top-quality care in our Boulder clinic.
Establish A Skincare Routine
Let’s talk about skincare! Your acne and skin conditions you may have can be significantly minimized or exacerbated by how you treat and care for your skin. If you have a diagnosed skin condition, it’s very likely that you’re already somewhat familiar with the keys to optimal skincare, but if not, we can help introduce you to good skincare habits by reviewing some of the fundamentals. Either way, here are the hallmarks of a good skincare routine:
Choose High-Quality Soap
Whether your struggle with acne, eczema, psoriasis, or something else, unhappy skin is sensitive, and you shouldn’t wash your skin with anything that leaves your skin dry and irritated afterward or strips it of its natural oils. Avoid supermarket soaps and “2-in-1” body washes — they use harsh chemicals that are tough on your skin and strip it of the natural oils it uses to stay healthy. Instead, try a more natural option, such as unscented bars of soap and goat’s milk soap, which are gentler on your skin and can contain nutrients to help minimize some of your acne symptoms.
Wash Gently & Consistently
You probably already know that it’s best to wash your skin twice daily — once in the morning when you get up, and once before retiring to bed for the evening. When washing your face, avoid scrubbing harshly or exfoliating too often. Wash your hands before touching your face, and apply soap and any moisturizers you may use gently. When drying your face, blot it gently with a towel instead of wiping it dry. Your skin will thank you!
Consider Your Sleeping Environment
It’s important to wash your face before bed given that you’ll be resting on a pillow for the next several hours while you sleep. You can maximize the benefits of your nighttime skincare and minimize the chances of acne worsening overnight by regularly changing out and washing your pillowcases to ensure you’re always resting on a clean surface.
Go Easy On Facial Products
Lotions, moisturizers, and more can all be very beneficial for your facial skin — in moderation. If used excessively, moisturizers and the like can actually clog your pores, leading to worse acne and aggravation of your skin conditions! Apply only as much product as you need, and don’t do it after every time you wash your face — once a day is enough.
Make Changes To Your Lifestyle
If you think about it, your skin is the most visible organ on your body. As your body’s primary defense against anything that life can throw your way, your skin is constantly exposed, and thus your skin’s health is inextricably linked to your lifestyle. In fact, many skin experts argue that a person’s lifestyle habits have a larger impact on their skin’s aging than their genetics do. By incorporating healthy habits into your everyday life and avoiding the things that exacerbate your acne and skin conditions, you can reduce the severity of your symptoms over time. You may even be able to make chronic acne issues a thing of the past, in some cases! Here are a few lifestyle Do’s and Don’ts for healthy skin:
- Get 6-8 hours of sleep every night
- Wear sunscreen every day, and avoid prolonged sun exposure
- Choose foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, nuts, and oysters
- Take care of the skin on your neck and upper chest, too
- Get moles and other abnormal blemishes checked by a dermatologist
- Drink excessively or smoke
- Use dirty makeup brushes
- Eat greasy and salty food
- Ignore the skin around your eyes
- Skip exercising
Get Help From A Dermatologist
Sometimes acne or skin conditions can be too severe or persistent for proper skincare techniques and lifestyle habits to overcome on their own. If this is the case, it’s crucial that you make an appointment with a trusted dermatologist so you can have your skin problems professionally evaluated. When you choose Kallgren Dermatology Clinic in Boulder, our dermatologists will put their decades of experience to work to find you a medical-grade solution for your acne and other skin issues. For the treatment of acne and acne scars, we offer a variety of professional treatments, including:
Make an appointment with Kallgren Dermatology today and get your skin the expert care it deserves!