The treatments that you will use to help clear your skin are not intended to replace regular washing. You will need to include these treatments into your daily skincare routine.
Cleanse your skin morning and night, remove any traces of make-up with a mild gentle soap, cleanser or water or oil-free soap substitute. Be gentle, if you over-wash, scrub too hard, the water is too hot or too cold, you can aggravate the acne and irritate your skin.
Many topical acne treatments can dry out your skin leaving it red and irritated. You can apply oil-free moisturisers after you have cleansed, look out for products labelled as ‘non-comedogenic’ which means that will not block your pores which can cause blackheads and whiteheads. If your skin is still irritated, your doctor may advise you to stop treatment for a few days or reduce the amount that you are using.
Try not to pick or squeeze your spots as can aggravate them and may cause scarring.
You may try to hide your spots with a well-placed fringe, but this can trap excess oil. Try keeping your hair clean and away from your face, even if it’s just while you’re at home.
Wearing make-up to disguise your acne can help you feel more confident. Look for products that are oil-free or water-based and labelled as being ‘non-comedogenic’, remember to fully remove your make-up at the end of the day.