Common At Home Acne Treatment Pitfalls
Avoid These Acne Mistakes! At All Costs. What Not To Do Guideline By Dr Alek Nikolic
Check Dr Alek Nikolic’s Advice On How Not To Make Acne, Pimples, or Blemishes Worse
“People who suffer from acne often do the strangest things and without knowing are actually making things worse.” Dr Alek Nikolic
Read this helpful What Not To Do Guideline and get the best advice on how to handle your acne or blemishes from getting poorer.
As tempting as it is Don’t
“Don’t pick your face, no matter how tempting it is. There’s a really good reason why you hear this advice all the time. Squeezing, picking, or popping pimples will make them worse.” Dr Alek Nikolic
Only cleanse twice a day – I promise that is enough (AM and PM). Excess cleansing (as tempting as it is) causes the following:
Stripping your skin of essential lipids as removing too much oil disrupts the barrier function. Find a cleanser that doesn’t leave your skin feeling tight or dry. See below for Dr Alek All skin needs hydration (water). Even if you have oily skin, you still need to moisturize.
- Blot your face with tissue or blotting paper to absorb excess oil
- Rinse your face with cool water (with clean hands) and dry it with a paper towel. This will provide some temporary relief
- Choose moisturizers and makeup with oil-absorbing ingredients – See below for Dr Alek Nikolic’s recommendations.
All skin needs hydration (water) even if you have oily skin you still need to moisturize but we need to do it correctly: avoid the oils but add the water.
Everyone needs water not everyone needs oil. Consider adding hyaluronic acid to your skin care regime. Dr Alek Nikolic
Exfoliate with Salicylic Acid or an Alpha Hydroxy Acid such as Glycolic Acid or Mandelic Acid.
Exfoliation loosens dead skin cells and speeds up shedding. This accomplishes 3 things:
- Excess sebum flows out more easily from the pore onto the surface of skin
- An exfoliating ingredient opens up the clogged pore
- Alphahydroxy acids cleans out pores preventing new inflammatory lesions in the pores from forming
Fatty emollients or oily ingredients will just make thing worse so choose all your topical products that clearly state non comedogenic.
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