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Although we tend to associate acne with adolescence, you truly can experience the unpleasant experience of pimples at any age. Here are ways to avoid developing acne in the first place, what to do when you get it, and when you should see a doctor. 


Taking Care of Your Skin

Because most of what we associate with acne is actually clogged pores. It makes sense, then, that preventing those clogs–oil, bacteria, dead skin–is our main way to stop acne in its tracks. 

First things first: develop a skincare routine. Just like you brush your teeth twice a day, you should be cleaning your face twice a day, too–first thing in the morning, and when you go to bed. Use mild soap or cleanser that’s appropriate to your skin type–for instance, if you have oily skin you’ll want to avoid cleansers that moisturize. Since acne is often caused by clogged pores, make sure you’re washing after you work out or spend any time in the sun. You might not know this, but sun exposure can cause your skin to become prone to acne breakouts. 

Remember, don’t overdo it. You might be tempted to scrub harder and use cleansers that are too harsh. These things can actually make your skin more likely to break out by over-cleaning and end up damaging your skin. 


What to Do When You Get It

No matter what you might have heard or what your mom told you, your diet likely has very little to do with whether you are prone to breakouts–but you can thank her for your genes, which is likely where our propensity is determined. Therefore, sometimes acne is inevitable. 

If you get a pimple, don’t pop it. It’s much better to let nature run its course than it is to try to break the blister before it heals on its own. This might be unsightly and uncomfortable, but it’s better than a scar. Also, popping a pimple yourself can actually make it worse by pushing the debris inside the follicle deeper inside, causing an infection or making the pimple last even longer than it normally would. 

If you feel like you need to do something, consider using a product that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, as they can help clear up clogged pores. If your skin feels inflamed or itchy, you should consider using a cold compress to ease the discomfort. A warm compress can be good, too, for bringing the pimples out and causing them to heal faster. 


When to See a Doctor

If you have acne that won’t go away, no matter how long you give it or what you do, you should see a medical professional. There are many treatments available, both with and without a prescription, that can help your skin. A healthcare provider like a dermatologist can point you in the right direction. 

As always, the experts at Starks are here to answer any questions you have about keeping your skin healthy. Contact us today!


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