Avoiding Acne

The scourge of teens everywhere, acne is perhaps the most common dermatological condition that is caused by hair follicles becoming clogged by dead skin cells. Adults also suffer from the stigma of acne, and it often takes the help of an experienced dermatologist to develop an appropriate regimen for each particular case.

Some lifestyle changes you can adopt to treat or prevent acne include the following:

  • Avoid toxic products—Many skin care products contain additives, fragrances and petroleum based oils that can irritate your skin and aggravate your acne. Be sure to use cleansers that are free of alcohol and made from natural ingredients and no harsh chemicals.
  • Destress yourself—Adopt lifestyle changes that reduce the stress in your environment. Have a relaxing massage and make stress reduction and self care the focus of your efforts to avoid stress related complications to skin problems and life in general.
  • Diet—Eat lots of fruits and veggies and avoid junk foods with tons of sugar and fat.
  • Don’t touch your acne—The dirt on your fingers can actually transmit bacteria to your acne that can make it worse, so try to reign in your tendency to want to scratch, squeeze, or pop anything on your face.
  • Wash gently—Avoid using hot water and always use your hands or a super soft cloth to avoid aggravating your acne.

If your acne doesn’t improve with these tips, consult with your skin care professional. Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology has been treating patients for hair, skin, and nail problems for over 30 years, and has the extensive background needed to help address a variety of dermatological issues. Dr. Vaillant has successfully treated acne, eczema, dandruff, hair loss, psoriasis, and nail fungus. If you are looking for an amiable, highly skilled dermatologist, call our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222 and make an appointment.