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Overcoming The Social Phobias

If you have ever experienced having acne, then you can understand how debilitating the condition may be. While it is not considered a serious condition, acne can have deep and lasting effects in one’s emotional well being. The good news is that acne can be treated—it might not be a quick treatment, but with the proper lifestyle and medication, your skin can slowly heal from acne.
When you have acne you may feel embarrassed and your confidence may take a hit. You might constantly be avoiding social situations that you would otherwise enjoy because of your skin condition. Worse, your self esteem may be pulled down. Considering that acne typically occurs in teens that are just beginning to figure their sense of self out as they journey into adulthood, acne can leave a lasting effect on their personalities. How many times have we actually heard people, sometimes even known personalities, talk about being laden with acne when they were younger and how it has affected their psyche as adults? This is why even though acne is not a serious situation and is considered “superficial”, it still deserves attention so that physical and psychological scars can be avoided.

Here are some useful tips to help you deal with acne:

Cleanse gently and use products that contain anti-acne ingredients. You shouldn’t scrub your skin raw when you’re cleansing—this only aggravates the condition. Use a gentle cleanser that can strip away the oil and dirt from your skin, and it’s also recommended to choose gentle cleansers that have anti acne ingredients such as salicylic acid and anti bacterial agents.

Apply topical lotion to areas affected. There are over the counter topical creams that you can use to dry pimples out and lighten scars at the same time. These products include ointments that contain salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide as active ingredients. They will come in different strengths depending on how severe your acne is.

Use non-comedogenic cosmetic products. This means that the product doesn’t cause blocking of the pores, and these would usually be water based instead of oil based. Watch out for labels that say non-oily, non-greasy and non-comedogenic especially in facial moisturizers, liquid foundation, powder foundation and other cosmetics.

Avoid touching your face. Your hands will touch a lot of surfaces over the course of a day and will pick up much bacteria. Especially if you do not have a habit of washing your hands often, you should avoid touching your face as much as possible.

Keep hair away from the face. Sometimes the hair irritates the skin and aggravates acne so it is best to keep it away from the skin. This is why we usually see people with bangs have acne on their forehead. If you suffer from acne, it is better to keep your hair away from your face.

Keep the phone away from your chin. The phone handset is a breeding ground for bacteria, so it is best not to let your chin get into contact with the mouthpiece. You should also disinfect the handset regularly to get bacteria away from it.

Avoid wearing makeup if you can. It is understandable to wan to cover up when going out, but you should avoid putting potential irritants on your face if possible. Do not wear makeup around the house or if you’re only going short distances, and remember to wash off any grime at night.

Avoid the urge to pick your face. You may be tempted to pick your face and squeeze those stubborn pimples out with your nails. For one, your hands and nails can be full of bacteria that can cause an infection. Two, you may be pushing the comedone deeper into the skin. Three, it can cause darkening and scarring that will take longer to heal. If you want to have acne extracted, consult with a dermatologist.

Schedule a regular trip to the dermatologist. Your doctor would be able to give you useful advice and prescribe medicine if needed. She can also administer a peel should you need one.