How Can I Prevent Acne?

August 2, 2019

Are you dealing with acne? You are not alone! In fact, most Americans deal with acne outbreaks at some point in their lives.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care of South Charlotte wants to offer you tips on how you can both prevent acne as well as treat acne with medication, if needed. Read on as we take a look:

Can Too Much Stress Cause Acne?

In short—yes! Too much stress, particularly when it’s chronic, can contribute to many different health issues, acne included.

Finding effective ways to manage your stress is step one in preventing acne, but there are other steps you can take to keep your skin free and clear.

Skincare Basics

  • Wash your face regularly.
  • Moisturize after washing.
  • Use over-the-counter medications, if needed.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Wear facial sunscreen when spending time outdoors.

What’s the Best Way to Treat Acne?

There are many different options for treating and preventing acne, and many products are available over-the-counter. It may take a bit of trial and error to find the product or ingredient that works best for your unique skin.

Try OTC products first, but if your acne is severe or doesn’t respond to OTC options, then a doctor may prescribe stronger prescription medications to clear your skin.

Acne Treatment Options

  • Retinol
  • Salicylic acid
  • Glycolic acid
  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Sulfur
  • Aczone
  • Cortisone shots

Not sure whether your outbreak is actually acne? Stop by AFC Urgent Care South Charlotte for a diagnosis and treatment plan.

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