Acne Clearer Skin Can Be Yours

some women get an occasional pimple or blackhead. Others experience frequent or ongoing bours of pimples, blackheads and whiteheads beginning in puberty. Some women notice that acne tends to flare up at the time of ovulation and fade after the menstrual period begins. The woman who is most likely to get acne will generally have both overproducing oil glands and a tendency for cells lining the pores to clog, these two problems work together to trap and incubate bacteria on the skin. The result is a chronic formation of the whiteheads (called closed comedowns), blackheads (open comedowns), pimples and even cysts.

A DAY-AND-NIGHT REGIME

Women doctors recommend the following steps to control mild to moderate acne and keep zits from returning, Wash with benzoyl peroxide liquid. To reduce the numbers of bacteria that can cause acne, gently wash your face with a benzoyl! peroxide cleanser or a mild salicylic acid liquid every morning says Dr Susan Taylor If you also break out on your back and chest, use the liquid to wash these areas as well, says dermatologist Dr Dane Klein smith. Employ glycolic acid.

Pat your face completely dry, then smooth on a gel, cream or lotion containing 8 per cent glycolic acid over you retire face, says Dr Taylor. Available at chemists under a variety of brand names, glycolic acid gels, creams and lotions prevent the clogged pores characteristic of acne by preventing older cells from piling up on the skin and blocking pores. In addition, these products leave skin soft and smooth and may decrease discolorations and fine wrinkles Use a gel or a non-comedogenic (non-acne-forming) cream or lotion, says Dr Klein smith. Add OTC medication.

After a week use medication containing benzoyl peroxide to kill acne-causing bacteria, says Dr Klein smith. If your skin is either sensitive or dry, start with a S per cent solution

WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR

If you take birth control pills and develop acne before your menstrual periods, consult your doctor She may be able to adjust the combination of estrogen and progesterone (two hormones in birth control pills) in your pills to prevent monthly outbreaks of acne, says Dr Dane Klein smith. You may also want to consider seeing a doctor if your acne is severe say, if your entire face has broken out, says Dr Susan C Taylor. A dermatologist may prescribe medications such as Antibes- optics or retinoic (Retina-A). If acne is accompanied by the appear acne of dark facial hairs,

your doctor will examine you to rule out a hormonal abnormality, a rare cause of acne. of benzoyl peroxide medication and dab it on problem areas after you’ve washed your face. If your skin is oily, start with a 10 per cent solution and spread it over your entire face, except for the eyelids and area within an eyelash length of your eyes.

Use an oil-free moisturizer. Although many women who have acne will never need a moisturizer, says Dr Klein smith, there is a small group of women who have oily skin only on their foreheads and noses, while their cheeks and jaws are actually dry. These women should apply an oil. free, non-comedogenic moisturizer to the dry areas of the face.

Look for oil-free make-up. If you wear make-up, use only oil-free products that are labelled “non-comedogenic” or “non-acne-forming.” so that they won’t clog your pores, says Dr Klein smith. Bleach leftover marks. If you have dark marks left on your skin from zits that have finally healed, try a bleaching cream, such as Pore Lana, that contains hydroquinone, says Dr Taylor. Follow package directions.

(For practical ways to camouflage scars left by acne,Do not squeeze, pop, prick or pick. In other words, keep your mitts off any pimple, blackhead or whitehead that appears on your face, says Dr Taylor. You’ll only make the area more inflamed and the bump larger