Things to try when acne wont clear

  1. Stop touching your face: Popping a pimple may feel like you’re helping acne to go away more quickly but in fact it can make things worse.  Every time you touch your face, pick at or ‘pop’ a pimple you could be making your acne worse.
  2. Be patient: Acne treatments, every the very best ones, take time to work.  Give your treatment at least 4-5 weeks to work and usually best results are seen by about 12 weeks.  For this reason, if you have a special event coming up eg wedding/debs, don’t wait until the last minute to treat your acne.  Talk to your doctor and plan it well in advance.
  3. Don’t scrub your face: Acne has nothing to do with personal hygiene and scrubbing your face hard wont help, it may actually make things worse as scrubbing can irritate acne-prone skin.  Instead, use a gentle cleanser, wash with warm (not hot) water, and after wshing, tone your skin with cold water.  Wash at least twice a day, especially if you’ve been wearing make-up.
  4. Take a look at the products you use: Some skin care products can clog up pores making acne worse.  Always check the packaging and look for labels that say non-comedogenic, oil-free and non-acnegenic.
  5. Get good advice: Sometimes getting rid of acne requires professional help.  Some of the most effective acne treatment products are only available on prescription and must be prescribed by a doctor.  Your doctor can formulate a treatment plan tailored specifically for you.  Follow the treatment plan carefully.  Missing out on one part of a treatment plan may make the entire plan ineffective.
  6. Stay out of the sun and away from tanning beds: While tanning damages your skin all by itself, in addition, some acne medication can make the skin very sensitive to UV light, causing redness and discomfort.  Also, never forget that regular use of sunbeds can increase your risk of melanoma by up to 70%.  Just keep away from sunbeds.