I attended Dr. Tamara Lazic-Strugar‘s lecture on how to get clear skin and become acne-free. Since I have acne-prone and overall problematic skin I had a lot of questions for the expert. My Instagram followers asked their questions about popular acne hacks and treatments too. Below are some of the tips Dr. Lazic-Stugar mentioned in her lecture — paraphrased by truly yours! From how to get rid of blackheads on nose and injectable acne scar treatments to how to get rid of back acne and whether diet influences breakouts.
How to Get Rid of Blackheads on Nose?
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. Such specialists will also be able to give you advice on how to get clear skin based on your individual skin concerns.
Is Diet Linked to Acne?
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).
What Household Items Get Rid of Acne Overnight?
In a nutshell, most do-it-yourself acne hacks you can find online are ineffective. Dr. Lazic-Strugar mentioned that the majority of acne home remedies could actually provoke acne development!
From all the acne solutions Dr. Lazic-Strugar recommended using clinically tested ones. Such skin care 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!
Can Not Washing Your Face Clear Acne?
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.
Dr. Lazic-Strugar mentioned that people with acne-prone skin should avoid harsh toners and abrasive exfoliants as those might irritate the skin.
How to Get Rid of Back Acne?
Wash your body within 15 minutes after a workout to avoid breakout and back acne. Dr. Lazic-Strugar stated that there is a hazard of spreading bacteria while sweating and touching the gym equipment. For added benefit, you can also use the same Salicylic Acid based cleanser on your back that you use for your face.
By the way, Dr. Lazic-Strugar recommended washing the face with a mild cleanser immediately after a workout too. Try keeping your hair away from the face so you don’t have to touch your face while working out.
Should I Use Only Oil-Free Skincare if I’m Prone to Acne?
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.
Can Tanning Be a Cure for Acne?
“Frying” on the sun is a dangerous and ineffective method for treating acne. For starters, by doing so you put yourself under the risk of getting a sunburn and 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 the sun.
Some of the sunscreen options that are suitable for acne-prone skin:
Can I Remove Acne Scars?
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 the surface of the skin are usually treated with cortisone injections. Scars that look like needle holes or squares are often treated with laser or filler injections.
What is the Best Makeup for Acne?
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 labeled as “non-comedogenic” and “oil-free.” Also try picking fragrance-free makeup, especially if your skin is very sensitive.
I hope those tips and tricks on how to get clear 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.