Our expert says:
Hi Tasha, thank you for the question.
Your best option would be to make a consultation with a dermatologist who can examine the skin and advise you on the best treatment options. From your description it seems that your skin is not only prone to acne breakouts but also has large pores. This increased sebum production tends to aggravate the acne breakouts with a resultant increase in inflammation and the formation of pigmentation and scars.
Your topical regime is extremely important but you also may need to consider medication. If you cannot see a dermatologist please log onto my web page: www.dralek.co.za and in the Resources Tab please click Skin & Acne Classification. Follow the Visual Acne Grading so that you can classify your acne and once we know the grade one can determine if prescription medication are necessary.
The topical regime should include the following:
Never scrub or use granular washes
Gently wash the face twice daily
Use a face wash specifically indicated for acne (my preference is NeoStrata Clarifying Cleanser)
Only use oil free products on your skin including makeup
Use oil free SPF (Heliocare Gel SPF 50) and try to avoid the sun as much as possible
Use NeoStrata Oil Free Moisturizer, Oil Control Gel, Clear Skin Solution and if necessary Spot Control Gel
One should try the above topical regime foir at least 6 to 8 weeks before deciding if it is effective or not
Never pick or squeeze the blemishes in any way
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