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How to Deal with Adult Acne & Minor Breakouts

I remember how traumatizing it was to get a “zit” in high school. Of course, a teenager is almost expected to get pimples, but I was still so embarrassed. I wanted to hide my face, and no concealer ever offered me any help. I never had a real acne problem, but lack of sleep, hormones, stress, and overall teen angst just turned my then soft-skinned T-zone into a tiny mountain range. What I never imagined was having to deal with breakouts as an adult, but they happen almost as frequently, though in different areas of my face now as they did then.

According to certified surgeon Dr. Vish Banthia, founder of ZendyBeauty, I’m not alone. Apparently 1 out of every 9 people between the ages of 25 and 44 have consulted a doctor for help with what The American Academy of Dermatology considers the most common skin diseases in the US: adult acne.

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Dr. Vish Banthia offers some simple tips to help bring clarity to the situation … and I’ve included a few of my own as well.

Cleanliness next to godliness…

Wash your face twice a day (no more) with warm water and a mild soap. I like Neutrogena for makeup and oil removal, and Proactiv for exfoliating and breakout prevention.

Always remove your makeup before you go to sleep. Throw away any old makeup that smells or looks different from when you first bought it.

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Leave well enough alone…

Don’t pop pimples. Popping pimples can push infected material further into the skin. Touching your face can spread the bacteria that cause pores to become inflamed and irritated. To keep bacteria at bay, wash your hands before applying anything to your face, such as treatment creams or makeup.

Keeping my hands away from my face is a difficult task for me, but when I do, I find that my skin stays clearer. I also have to remember that a tiny bump is barely noticeable, but a big red scab of a healing war zone is like a magnet for eyes. What’s worse is if that scab is removed too soon, you’re left with a permanent scar!

Wash your hair more often…

We all know that our hair stays healthier if we wash it less, and I tend to let mine go for as long as it “looks clean.” However, I’ve noticed the times when I let it go too long, the oil from my hair ends up on my face and a breakout usually follows.

Change your pillowcases…

Changing your pillowcases more often keeps the grease from your head, hair, and face, as well as night creams that set into your sheets, off of your freshly washed face, keeping it bacteria-free as well.

Procedures…

Acne control with the Isolaz® can provide impressive results. This procedure has been featured on The Doctors and uses a specific form of light to help treat mild to moderate acne while helping prevent future breakouts so that you can enjoy healthy, clear skin. Multiple sessions (typically 3-6 sessions) may be required for optimal results. Isolaz® can treat all skin types and typically does not have associated downtime. Median retail price per session: Full face $350

Erasing the past…

If you happen to be faced with unwanted mementos from your acne diaries, there are several FDA approved ablative and fractional laser resurfacing treatments available. These treatments produce remarkable results with skin appearance and minimize scar depressions. As an added bonus, the process regenerates collagen, the protein that gives skin its appearance of smoothness and youth.

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