What is the best way to handle acne outbreaks?

Acne is a prevalent and common skin condition that can affect people of all ages. There are many different ways to manage acne outbreaks, and the best method for you may vary depending on the severity of the acne and your individual skin type. Dr. Linda J. Banta of Stone Oak Dermatology in San Antonio, TX, can educate you on managing acne and keeping breakouts under control!

  • Cleansing the face. One of the most important things you can do to manage your acne is to keep your skin clean. Wash your face twice a day using a mild cleanser and warm water. Be sure to gently massage the cleanser into your skin in a circular motion, and avoid scrubbing harshly, as this can irritate the skin and make acne worse.
  • Moisturizing the skin. In addition to keeping your skin clean, you also need to ensure it is well-moisturized. Use a light, oil-free moisturizer daily to keep your skin hydrated and help prevent it from becoming too dry, leading to irritation and increased acne breakouts.
  • Using over-the-counter products. If you have mild to moderate acne, many over-the-counter topical treatments can effectively manage breakouts. Look for benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid products, as these ingredients are proven to help reduce inflammation and kill acne-causing bacteria.
  • Using prescription medications. You might need to work with a dermatologist for more severe acne for prescription medication. Oral antibiotics can be prescribed to help reduce inflammation and kill bacteria, while isotretinoin (commonly known by the brand name Accutane) is a potent oral medication reserved for the most severe cases of acne.

Whatever treatment method you choose, it is essential to be patient and consistent with your skincare routine. Most acne treatments take at least several weeks to start working, and it can often take months to see the full results. However, if you stay with it, you will eventually see a significant improvement in your skin.

Call Stone Oak Dermatology today!

If you live in the San Antonio, TX area and want to work with Dr. Linda J. Banta to manage your acne, call 210-494-0504 to request an appointment!

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