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While attending La Roche-Posay and Dermablend #BeClearBootcamp, I had a chance to chat with Dr. Tamara Lazic-Strugar, Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Lazic-Strugar is a board-certified dermatologist whose main focus is on skin disorders. As a part of the #BeClearBootcamp program we had a chance to listen to Dr. Lazic-Stugar’s lecture on acne which was super informative and helpful. Since I have acne-prone and overall problematic skin I had a lot of questions for the acne expert and some of my Twitter followers expressed their interested in learning how to treat acne too. Saying so I decided to share on the blog some of the tips Dr. Lazic-Stugar mentioned in her lecture—paraphrased by truly yours!
1. A blackhead is a clogged pore with a bit of oil that’s open to the air—oxidation turns it black. While nose strips help to remove the discoloration, those are not effective with actually cleaning the pores. To remove oil buildup it’s important to schedule regular professional facials. Licensed cosmetologists have an entire arsenal of tools designed to clean pores on a deeper level.
2. There is a direct correlation between what you eat and how your skin looks. While Dr. Tamara Lazic-Strugar didn’t agree with me that going vegan is the best solution for treating acne, she stated that there is scientific evidence that certain foods are affecting the way your skin looks. Some of the foods that Dr. Lazic-Strugar recommended avoiding are sugary treats such as bread and sweets and diary (especially low-fat milk).
3. Most do-it-yourself acne tricks you can find online are ineffective. Dr. Lazic-Strugar mentioned that the majority of DIY acne masks and all sort of at home acne hacks are not actually treating acne. In fact, those at home remedies could actually provoke acne development! From all the acne solutions Dr. Lazic-Strugar recommended using clinically tested ones. Such skincare products for acne-prone skin do not cost a fortune. For instance, a three-step Effaclar System by La Roche-Posay goes for $29.99 and will last you for a few months. I’ve been using the system for a few months and I already see an improvement of my mild acne situation!
4. Proper cleansing is the most important part of your acne fighting game. It might be repetitive to even mention, but if you have acne-prone skin you can’t afford not removing makeup before going to bed. In fact, just cleansing might not be even enough if you are wearing a heavy foundation. Think about a two-step cleansing solution. First step is to remove makeup with a micellar water or any other not oil-based solution. Second step is to wash your face with a Salicylic Acid based cleanser.
My current two-step cleansing routine incorporates the following products:
- STEP ONE: La Roche-Posay Ultra Micellar Water for eyes and La Roche-Posay Clarifying Oil-Free Cleansing Towelettes for skin.
- STEP TWO: La Roche-Posay Medicated Gel Cleanser.
Dr. Lazic-Strugar mentioned that people with acne prone skin should avoid harsh toners and abrasive exfoliants as those might irritate skin.
5. Wash your face with a mild cleanser within 15 minutes after workout to avoid breakout and bacne. Dr. Lazic-Strugar stated that there is a hazard of spreading bacteria while sweating and touching face with dirty hands. To avoid clogging pores, she recommended washing face with a mild cleanser immediately after a workout.
6. If you have acne, you should aim to use oil-free skincare products. I’ve heard so many times that it’s important not to overdry your skin if you have oily skin. Yet it turned out that this advice does not relate to oils. According to Dr. Lazic-Strugar, “oil-free” and “non-comedogenic” are two terms that people with acne-prone skin should be looking for while picking skincare products.
7. “Frying” on sun is dangerous and ineffective method for treating acne. For starters, by doing so you put yourself under the risk of developing skin cancer. You are also most likely to make your acne scars more visible. Instead, use sunscreen products designed for people with acne-prone skin. That way, you’ll make sure that the product doesn’t clog your pores while protecting you from sun.
Some of sunscreen options that are suitable for acne prone skin: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen and La Roche-Posay Efficlar Instant Oil-Absorbing BB Blur SPF 20.
8. Not every acne scar is created equal. Dr. Lazic-Strugar explained that there are four different types of acne scars: three concave types and one convex. Depending on what type of acne scarring you are dealing with, there are various ways of treating them. For instance, scars that raise upon surface of the skin are usually treated with cortisol injections. Scars that look like needle holes or squares are often treated with laser or filler injections.
9. Wearing makeup is beneficial if you have acne-prone skin. According to Dr. Lazic-Strugar, acne camouflaging makeup is helpful for boosting self-esteem. Yet it’s important to pick only those products that are not clogging pores. Similar to skincare, look for products that labeled as “non-comedogenic” and “oil-free.” Also try picking fragrance-free makeup, especially if your skin is very sensitive.
Some of the makeup products to consider if you have acne-prone skin: Dermablend Blurring Mousse Camo Foundation SPF 25 (long-lasting natural coverage) and Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation SPF 25 (medium coverage).
10. Last tip is from me personally: Try keeping your hair away from face so you don’t have to touch your face while working out. For some gym hairstyle inspirations, check out this gym hairstyle hacks post that I wrote a while a ago.
I hope those tips and tricks for acne-prone skin were helpful. Please let me know in the comments area below if you have any questions about this topic. Also, feel free to share your thoughts on which acne hacks helped you the most!