Does your acne never seem to go away? You may have chronic acne. Our Knoxville, TN, dermatologist, Dr. Robert Griffith, shares a few things you can do to reduce your breakouts.
Make a few changes to your skin care routine
Although you may have heard that you should only wash your face once a day to avoid dryness, the advice doesn't apply if you have acne. Twice daily washing sessions remove oils that clog pores and bacteria that leads to red, angry pimples. Be sure to use a gentle cleanser that won't irritate your skin and avoid vigorous scrubbing.
Does your hair tend to be oily? Oil in your hair can find its way to your face, increasing the risk of clogged pores. Hairstyles that keep your hair off your face, in addition to washing your hair daily, may help keep your skin clearer.
Don't touch your face
Throughout the day, most of us rest our chins or cheeks on our hands or absentmindedly touch our faces when we watch TV. Unfortunately, touching your face can transfer bacteria to it and worsen acne flare-ups. Although it can be a little challenging to remember to keep your hands away from your face, doing may just reduce breakouts.
See your dermatologist
When nothing you do improves your acne, it's a good idea to schedule an appointment with our Knoxville office. After examining your skin, Dr. Griffith may recommend one or more of these treatments:
- Prescription topical treatments that not only unclog pores but keep them from becoming blocked again
- Oral or topical antibiotics that are used in conjunction with prescription topical treatments
- Microdermabrasion or chemical peels, treatments that remove acne lesions and scars in the outer layers of the skin
- Isotretinoin, a very powerful medication that clear severe, cystic acne
- Low-dose prednisone to treat severe, inflammatory acne
Improve your acne with a visit to the skin doctor. Call our Knoxville, TN, dermatologist, Dr. Griffith, at (865) 588-1361 to schedule your appointment.