Acne is a very common skin condition in Estes Park caused by the inflammation of oil-producing glands and blocked pores. Because it forms underneath the skin, washing away oil and dirt on the surface does not always effectively prevent or cure the condition. While acne most commonly occurs during adolescence, this skin disorder can be present at any age. Listed are some helpful techniques that may benefit you if you find yourself struggling with breakouts.
Cleanse and Exfoliate
Proper home-care is vital for ensuring the prevention of acne. However, while washing your skin is important, it should be done gently with a mild cleanser. Washing too much or too hard can irritate blackheads and whiteheads, causing the problem area to become more infected. Irritation can potentially lead to even more acne breakouts. Exfoliation removes the outer layer of dead skin cells, which is important for rejuvenating healthy skin. This beneficial regimen helps remove dead skin cells, dirt, and oils that can clog pores and cause acne.
Keep Pores Clear
To prevent clogged pores, it’s a good idea to use oil-free cosmetics, oils, and lotions without added dyes, perfumes, and other chemicals. When selecting a moisturizer to prevent dry skin, you may want to look for products listed as non-comedogenic to avoid causing irritation from potentially harsh chemicals. There are also moisturizer formulas for dry, oily, and combination skin. Use cosmetics sparingly, and avoid them during a breakout. If you wear makeup, be sure to remove it at the end of the day. Also, be mindful of keeping your hands away from your face to prevent spreading dirt, oil, and bacteria to avoid irritating already inflamed skin.
There are several over-the-counter and prescription medications used in the treatment of acne. There are also different professional treatments available in Estes Park. During a consultation, you can learn more about which treatments could work for you.
Consult a Specialist
If you find yourself struggling with irritated skin, or you are simply interested in seeking advice on how to maintain healthier skin from a specialist, schedule an appointment at the Dermatology Center of the Rockies to learn more about how to maintain beautiful, clear skin! We have offices located in Estes Park and Longmont. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!