GET YOUR FACE SUMMERTIME READY
As summer is quickly approaching, one of the most common question many Dermatologist and Dermatology PAs get asked is:
“How can I get my skin clear for the summer?”
First and foremost, every patient that walks through our door has a different lifestyle, skincare routine, and diet. The one constant that seems to be the same across the board is, wanting clear skin.Treating acne is not an easy task, it requires your provider to build an entire skin care regimen that can fit your lifestyle. Many providers, depending on severity of acne, will start you on a face wash (over the counter or prescription strength), topical medication(s), and possibly offer you acne surgery or oral medications. You as the patient and your provider will come up with a routine that works best for you. Due to the chemical makeup of a majority of these acne medications, it takes time for them to start working. We recommend that you are compliant and consistent with the usage for optimal results. Also, reading the instructions on the packaging is key for correct application technique. Using exactly how much is recommended will help prevent side effects such as: burning, stinging, and overall irritation. Less is more in this situation.
Aside from visiting your provider, here a few tips to clearing up your skin:
- Cleansing your face. Picking a good cleanser can be stressful and we get that. When you come in for an appointment, we can pick one that best matches your skin type. Depending on what you need, we may recommend a gentle cleanser, cleansers with glycolic or salicylic acid, or even prescription strength cleansers. It is important to wash your face twice a day.
- CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser ($$)
- Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser ($$)
- Glytone Mild Gel Wash or Glytone Mild Cream Wash ($$)
- Sunscreen application. We cannot stress the importance of sunscreen application enough to our patients. For our acne patients, we recommend purchasing a moisturizer with a built in sunscreen with an SPF >30. Many acne medications can cause sun hypersensitivity so this is a must.
- Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer ($$)
- CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion ($$)
- Prevent picking at bumps. Although it seems impossible to not to want to pop your pimples, it has some serious side effects. As you open up the lesions, you are injuring the surrounding skin. This can leave behind acne scarring and dark spots, which can be much more different to treat than the acne itself
- Keeping fresh products. For many females, applying makeup on a day-to-day basis is the norm. Make sure you toss out your old makeup (expiration date is on the back of the packaging usually) and keep your makeup brushes and sponges clean. These can carry tons of bacteria and worsen your acne.
Hydration. Keep your skin hydrating using a good moisturizer (see recommendations above with added sunscreen). Keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. It is recommended that you drink 2 liters of water a day. In addition, eat clean. You’ll look good and feel good at the same time.