Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. Though acne is common amongst teenagers, it can affect people of various ages. Depending on the severity, acne is known to cause both emotional distress and increase the risk of scarring on the skin. As such, the professionals at MD Dermatics often recommend you to start acne treatments and change certain lifestyle habits earlier to lower the risk of such problems.
An example of a lifestyle change is to always wash your face twice a day with an acne cleanser. MD Dermatics’ Acne Cleansing Gel is carefully formulated to give your pores the deep cleanse they need without over-drying. Furthermore, the cleanser contains salicylic acid as an active ingredient, it is able to effectively clear up clogged sebaceous follicles by removing impurities, dirt, and excess sebum.
Apart from washing your face twice a day, here are some other tips to improve your acne condition.
1. Healthy Eating
While there are no specific recommendations for dietary changes to lower the risk or improve your acne condition, foods known to have high glycemic index such as processed carbs and sweets are often associated with acne. Usually, having a well-balanced and antioxidant-rich diet is most ideal – avoid foods with empty calories and choose to load your body up with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy sources of protein.
2. Be Consistent With Your Treatment
The key to having great skin is to care for it each day and not sporadically. When it comes to a skincare routine, it is important to not expect any overnight miracles as it takes time for the products to work their magic. However, having too many products can end up causing irritation to your skin. Essentially, you should not try a range of different remedies or products as it does not improve your skin condition.
Besides having a skincare routine, you can also go for acne facials regularly. Here at Indulgence Beauty, our acne specialists use a Four Steps Approach to provide every one of our clients with the best possible acne treatment experience in Singapore. For instance, based on your detailed skin analysis, we will plan a series of In-Salon Acne Treatment Facials combined with clinical-grade advanced treatment products from MD Dermatics tailored to the needs of your skin.
3. Exfoliate Regularly
Exfoliation helps remove the layers of dead skin cells and dirt that are clogging your pores, ultimately restoring the glow to your face. However, there’s an art to exfoliation. Apart from using chemical exfoliants, you can also use an exfoliation brush to get the job done. Exfoliating brush usually has tiny bristles that can get inside your pores to remove grime from your skin.
When washing your face, it is advisable to use a mild face wash to cleanse your skin before lightly massaging an exfoliator on your face. For a great exfoliator, you can opt for MD Dermatics’ Clarifying Scrub. Containing salicylic acid, it’s an ultra-gentle yet effective acne scrub to cleanse, treat, and exfoliate both your face as well as body.
4. Decrease stress in your life
One of the most important things you can do to prevent or minimise the formation of acne is to decrease the stress levels in your life. The amount of sebum produced by your skin is directly influenced by stress – the more stressed out you feel (both physically and emotionally), the higher the cortisol levels in your body. This can lead to your sebaceous glands becoming more active in producing sebum.
A handy tip to reduce stress is to be more mindful of your thoughts and lifestyle, shifting the focus of your stress to exercising; all of these can help decrease levels of cortisol, in turn reducing the risk of acne.
5. Don’t pick, squeeze or pinch
Though this last tip might seem self-evident, for some reason, it’s also the hardest to follow. Popping your pimples might feel satisfying but it causes gash and wounds that may lead to scarring. Also, by doing this you are more prone to infection.
If you are looking to pick your acne, then we’d recommend you get an extraction facial instead. At Indulgence Beauty, our therapists are trained using only the advanced techniques of facial extraction to unclog your pores. Unlike other aesthetic parlours, we use manual extraction which is more precise, cleaner, and less traumatic to the skin.
Find out more: Extraction Facial Treatment
Some final words of advice
To avoid acne and pimples, use oil-free and non-comedogenic cleansers, moisturisers and makeup. When picking a foundation to opt for oil-free liquid silicone (dimethicone or Cyclomethicone) matte foundations over oil foundations. Most importantly, remember to thoroughly remove your make up with a makeup remover and cleanse your face before applying various skincare products.
If you are looking for acne facial to prevent pimples, schedule an appointment, and let our experts help you today!