How to Prevent Pimple Scarring
A pimple occurs when body oil, dead skin cells and bacteria combine in a pore and cause inflammation. Some pimples are mild and heal quickly without leaving a trace, but severe acne problems can leave permanent scars. If you have started to see pimples on your face, the best way to prevent them from scarring is get the proper acne treatment as soon as possible. You can also adopt some hygiene habits to reduce outbreaks and to avoid irritating the pimples when they show up.
Wash your face gently no more than twice a day. Gently washing with an acne-formulated cleanser will help keep your skin clean. However, excessive scrubbing and washing won't do anything to cure acne, says the American Academy of Dermatology. In fact, too much washing can lead to more oil production---therefore more acne problems--and too much aggressive scrubbing over scabs can open wounds and increase your chances of scarring.
Ask a dermatologist to recommend the proper medication. The proper treatment will help reduce the amount of lesions that could cause scars. Depending on the severity of your condition, a dermatologist may suggest a milder over-the-counter acne lotion that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide or he may prescribe a more potent topical medication, an antibiotic or a combination of treatments, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
Use only oil-free cosmetics. Your cosmetics should be labeled "non-comedogenic," "non-acnegenic," or "water-based," which means that they won't clog your pores and make your acne worse, says the American Academy of Dermatology.
Eat fewer acne-aggravating foods. Write down what you eat in a journal and make a note when your acne seems worse than normal. You may find a correlation between what you eat and what your skin looks like. Although acne isn't caused by specific foods, you may find that certain foods---such as oily ones---can worsen your acne, particularly if they directly contact your skin, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
Keep your fingers away from your face. You may be tempted to squeeze acne lesions in order to get rid of them while you wait for your treatment to kick in, but the American Academy of Dermatology advises against it. Squeezing, scratching, popping and picking at blemishes can make your acne worse and may cause scars.
Wear loose clothing. Clothing that fits tightly on your body can trap heat and moisture and ultimately irritate your skin, says the Mayo Clinic. Other sources that may cause more breakouts or aggravate acne lesions are tight-fitting straps, helmets and backpacks.
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