If you are dealing with acne this summer, you may be hesitant to slather on sunscreen for fear it may clog your pores. The increased temperatures can lead to excess sweating and increased oil production and make you more aware of your acne. Here are a few reminders about protecting your skin, while still keeping your acne under control!
With the humidity of summer, you may be tempted to wash your face excessively, squeeze blemishes or head out into the sun in an effort to clear your skin. In actuality, you should avoid all of the following temptations when dealing with your acne.
DON’T POP IT! It is hard to keep from squeezing an unsightly whitehead or an uncomfortable pimple, but picking, popping and squeezing can actually irritate your skin, prolong healing time and increase your risk of scarring.
MORE SCRUBBING WILL NOT HELP Astringents, masks and exfoliators that contain scrubbing particles should be avoided unless one of these products contains an ingredient used to treat acne, such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. These exfoliating products tend to irritate the skin and may make it more difficult to tolerate prescription acne medications.
CHECK THE OIL Skin care products from makeup and sunscreen to moisturizers and serums may contain oil which can clog your pores. When choosing products, choose those labeled “noncomedogenic” or “oil-free”. Even if the product you are using is for your hair, beware of the content. These products can permeate the skin at the hairline adding to your acne concerns.
You CAN where sunscreen and you SHOULD wear sunscreen, even with acne-prone skin.! At Asarch Center DERMAspa, we carry the EltaMD line of oil free sun care products. Contact us or stop by to learn more!
TANNING IS NEVER A GOOD IDEA A common myth is that acne clears up with sun exposure. The truth is tanning can be excessively damaging to the skin. If you are using a retinoid that you apply to your skin (adapalene, tretinoin, or tazarotene) to treat acne, you must protect your skin from the sun and avoid using a tanning bed or sun lamp. These acne medications cause the top layer of your skin to thin, causing sensitivity to ultraviolet (UV) light .
STOP TOUCHING YOUR FACE You may not even know you are doing it, but the more you touch your skin, the more bacteria, dirt and oil you spread, encouraging flare-ups. If you use a cell phone, take a look at the screen. Does it look clean? Imagine everything on the screen transferring to your face! Talk into the speaker instead of pressing your phone to your face.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO? Seek treatment with your dermatologist. At the Asarch Center, our providers offer many options for treating acne and acne prone skin. TheraClear, from Asarch Center, is a breakthrough in acne treatment technology. It’s virtually painless, can take as little as 10 minutes and has immediate results. The Asarch Center is proud to be the first provider in Colorado to provide you with this technology. Acleara is an alternative for you if:
- You have acne.
- Your skin is oily and/or you have large pores
- Over-the-counter acne medications just don’t seem to work.
- You choose to avoid systemic treatments for acne such as oral antibiotics
- Your acne does not respond to antibiotics
- You want to avoid the side effects associated with prescription medication.
- Previous acne laser treatments have been too painful and not very effective.
The TheraClear device is cleared by the FDA to treat a wide range of acne in all skin types. Learn more about TheraClear by watching the short video below from Dr. Asarch or by clicking here.
The Asarch Center’s specially trained medical aestheticians provide additional acne treatments for both teens and adults. Salt Peels or Acne Lift Peels help prevent future breakouts by gently exfoliating the top layers of the skin and removing bacteria.