November 5, 2013

Prevent Scarring Before It Starts

Before a dark spot can become your worst enemy, here are 3 stages to preventing acne scars:

1. When you feel a blemish coming on...
Apply medication to the area. Almost all acne patients require medication of some degree, be it antibiotics, tretinoinor something that helps regulate hormones, to get the skin under control.
Don’t overload your skin with products that are too harsh or too drying. Stick to one zit-zapping ingredient with a proven track record. Steer clear of overcleansing and overexfoliating the skin. This can strip away too much of the skin’s natural oils, making the skin dehydrated and instigate additional breakouts.

2. When you are faced with a full-on breakout...
Don’t squeeze it, pop it or pick at it. The pressure incurred from picking or squeezing can push the infection deeperinto the skin and spread it to the surrounding tissue, in turn causing more inflammation and the potential for further damage. Wear an oil-free noncomedogenic sunscreen. Another beneficial option is to have a dermatologist inject the blemish.

3. When the pimple starts to dwindle in size and intensity...
If a scab forms, let it fall off on its own. Forcing or picking a scab off the skin will most likely leave behind a discolored spot. Apply a brightening lotion or cream. Topical products that work to lighten and brighten, such as Hyrdoquinoine, may reduce how dark a spot may be, especially if you are prone to post-acne discoloration.

Article source: New Beauty

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