How can you maximise the effectiveness of your prescription acne treatments? Dr Murakami, of Chelsea Westminster Hospital and a renowned top Consultant Dermatologist in Sao Paulo advises how to get the best out of your acne treatments.
Over 40% of teenagers experience Acne.
And so do 20% of people aged 25-35.
Letting Acne run its course is not always the best policy. Acne can lead to dark spots and permanent scars can be left once the acne clears, and that’s without mentioning the psychological effects. Furthermore, treating acne may boost a person’s self esteem. So, Why Suffer?
Don’t worry if you don’t see instant results. The formation of a whitehead takes about 10-12 weeks, so best results will be occurring after 10-12 weeks.
Most treatments will cause some irritation.
If this occurs to you you shouldn’t stop treatment unless it is a severe reaction. If you’re not sure then make sure you seek further advice from a health professional.
What is Dr Murakami’s Ultimate Skin Care Regime with for people with Acne?
We interviewed Dr Murakami on her 6 step process to the Perfect Skin Care Regime.
- Wash your face twice a day with a mild soap. Use warm water and a gentle circular motion with finger tips only.
- Follow with a gentle rinse with warm water.
- Pat the face dry with a clean terrycloth towel, laundered with an enzyme-free detergent.
- The amount of acne cream required should be no more than 2 finger tips for the face, otherwise any skin irritation could becom more intense.
- Start your skin treatment on alternate nights on the first week of treatment or until any skin irritation or peeling settles. Then use every night. Make sure to apply to the whole face rather than directly on the spots.
- If you pick, pop or squeeze your acne, your skin will take longer to clear and you increase the risk of getting acne scars.
What else can you do to reduce or stop acne?
- If using cosmetics, try to stick to light water-based ones.
- Remove makeup before bed, to prevent it clogging pores.
- Clean cosmetic brushes regularly to remove contaminated makeup.
- There is some evidence that high glycaemic index foods and dairy products may possibly be linked to acne, so try to avoid them.
Do you need treatment for acne? Visit TheDoctorService.co.uk for further information on treatments available.
Dr Murakami is a highly regarded consultant dermatologist with a private clinic in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She has brought her skills to London, UK where she works at Chelsea Westminster Hospital and in a Private Clinic.