Dealing with spots, acne and pimples
One cannot tell how long this is going to be on your skin. Some kids with acne have clear skin after a year, while others keep having break-outs for many years. Below are a few things that can make them worse.
Squeezing or digging at your zits, or getting rough when you wash your face, can make acne worse. Just leave it alone.
Greasy skin stuff
Oily sunscreen, oily make-up, and oily hair products or skin lotions can all make acne worse. Talk to your doctor or school nurse about which products you should use on your skin and hair.
Wear a hat, stay in the shade, or find a good, non-oily sunblock. Lots of sun can make acne worse. Stay cool.
Anxiety or stress can sometimes make acne worse. Learn to manage stress, and your complexion might look better!
Girls sometimes have acne trouble when they get their periods. This is normal. You just need to be aware of it, so you can take care of your skin during that time of the month.
Below are a few thing to make things better.
Drug stores carry a lot of products to help you fight acne. These range from creams that you rub on affected areas to pads that you use to wipe your face. In many cases, these products can help keep breakouts under control. Make sure to follow the directions on the package so you don't use too much.
It's very tempting, especially for girls, to just use make-up to cover zits. This can help hide your acne, but you have to be careful, because some kinds of make-up can actually be part of the problem. Lots of make-up has ingredients that can clog your pores and make your acne worse. These are called comedogenic ingredients. If you want to use make-up, make sure it's non-comedogenic (won't clog pores). Another good word to look for is hypo-allergenic, which means that the make-up won't cause other skin reactions.
See a professional
If your acne seems particularly bad, or drugstore products aren't working, you might ask a parent to make you an appointment with a dermatologist (a doctor who specializes in skin). He or she might prescribe pills or cream, or might have you come to the office for special skin treatments. Do NOT use drugs that your friends use. Ask a professional to confirm it for you.
Remind yourself that you're not the only person going through this. If you look around your school or neighborhood, you'll probably see lots of other people your age with pimples. If they're coping, you can too. If you can, try to have a sense of humor about it. Each time you look into a mirror and see those pimples, you can just say: Hi pimples, are you hungry? (laugh it off).
Thanks to modern medicine, we have more anti-acne options than ever. And here's something cool: less stress, by itself, can help make your skin look better too!
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