The right actions for dealing with acne

To get rid of pimples and blackheads, there is no substitute for a dermatological treatment backed-up with suitable dermo-cosmetic skin care products. However, a few simple rules can limit the spread of blemishes: adopt these good habits for a fast return to clear skin!

Submitted on 20/07/2012


Things to do

  • Adopt impeccable hygiene to remove excess sebum and impurities accumulated on your skin by washing your face twice daily with a mild cleanser without rubbing.
  • Favour mild, non irritant cleansers and skin care products specially designed for acne-prone skin such as the Boréade range by Noviderm which will help you to combat your blemishes effectively.
  • Always choose non comedogenic and non oily cosmetic products (make-up, cleansers and skin care products, etc.), like those sold in pharmacies.
  • Use sun protection with a high protection index during the summer (minimum of SPF 50).
  • Limit sources of stress which promotes acne flare-ups.
  • Follow your dermatological treatment to the letter without getting discouraged: nowadays drug treatments are very effective but they require several weeks to have an effect and must afterwards be continued for a minimum of three months for a lasting improvement.

Things not to do

  • Choose cleansers and skin care products with a drying effect that strips the skin (such as household soap) or alcohol-based to better fight against the blemishes: you may instead see them increase. In the same vein, do not wash your face more than twice a day so as not to affect the balance of your skin.
  • Go without chocolate or cold meats. Good news! To date, a connection between a diet high in fat and/or sugar and the worsening of acne has not been scientifically established. So you can indulge yourself without the fear of your pimples and blackheads multiplying. However, aside from acne, keep in mind that a balanced diet is the first step to healthy skin.
  • Squeeze pimples and blackheads. Doing so may infect your acne lesions and spread the germs over your skin. The risk is secondary infections, scarring and additional pimples.
  • Expose yourself to the sun to combat the pimples: initially, UV rays can actually dry out blemishes and thus give an impression of an improvement in the condition of your skin. But in the medium term, the sun causes skin thickening and contributes to clogging the pores. The explanation of the well-known little spots you see when you return home from your holiday.
  • Avoid make-up. If you opt for non-comedogenic, non-oily products and thoroughly cleanse every evening, there is no need to deprive yourself of make-up. There are many products that will help to conceal the blemishes on your skin.

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