Ways to Avoid Acne

Acne is a common skin ailment. Dr. Sneh Thadani explains the dos and don’ts to avoid acne in this column.

“There’s a myth that chocolate causes acne, which I say is completely wrong,” begins Dr. Sneh Thadani about this skin problem and continues, “For me, the stress that’s making you craving the chocolate is probably causing the acne.”Studies have failed to show a link between food and acne. Instead, research shows stress, hormones and genetics can all increase the risk for acne.

Here are a few dos and don’ts when it comes to acne:

 

Dr Sneh Thadani explains why these tips are essential to follow and how by following a few right things, one can save themselves from ugly and scary forms of acne and acne scar- which need extensive treatment and procedures to attain your normal skin back.

Contrary to popular belief, pimples and acne are not just a teenage nightmare, but a common problem among women (and men) of all ages. While they damage your skin permanently, they can also destroy your confidence. It is therefore important to arm yourself with all the myths and facts.

Shaving

 

While shaving itself cannot cause acne, not using the proper blade or shaving cream can cause your skin to become irritated or nicked.

What you should do:

 

Always use a clean razor, change your razor frequently, shave in the direction of the hair and moisturize your skin after shaving.

What you shouldn’t do:

 

Avoid shaving in the direction opposite to the hair growth. Don’t use a razor which cuts too close to the skin and damages your skin.

Mobile phone Usage

 

If you spot pimples on your cheeks or anywhere near the area where you hold your phone, they may be from those hour-long conversations on your mobile phone. Your phone picks up lots of dirt and bacteria (from your hands, your bag, the food you eat), which can then get transferred to your face when you’re chatting on the phone.

What you should do:

 

Wipe your screen with an anti-bacterial wipe often to get rid of dirt and germs.

Stress

 

Day-to-day stress that occurs in the workplace and in your personal life is not known to cause acne. Profound tension, however, just may cause acne. Excessive stress may cause your body to produce an excess of hormones, which can cause acne to break out.

What you should do:

 

Try calming workouts like yoga. Develop a hobby which distresses you. Those who are prone to breakouts should wash their faces twice a day with a gentle cleanser that has been formulated for oily or acne-prone skin, as this will keep excess oil under control Remember that over washing or scrubbing too hard can dry out and irritate the skin, making the acne worse. You should also opt for a dermatologist-approved, oil-
free moisturizer, as it will not clog your pores.

What you should do

 

Use a gentle acne clear face cleanser Avoid- scrubbing, over washing, soaps on the face, over the counter products.

Popping pimples

 

It’s tempting to think that popping pimples will help them clear up faster. In reality, squeezing blackheads is a bad idea because it will only cause them to become inflamed. Popping white heads will only push the germs farther into the skin, resulting in soreness, redness and perhaps even a vicious infection. Furthermore, popping pimples can lead to permanent scarring.

What you should do:

 

Use a dermatologist recommended skin care regime in order to avoid the formation of acne. Avoid – breaking or popping the pimple.

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Dr. Sneh Thadani

MBBS DNB DERMATOLOGY

Head of Dermatology Department, SSD Hospital

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