Types of Acne
Canadian dermatologist #1: Blotting papers will absorb excess oil or sebum on the skin, making the skin appear less shiny or greasy. The result is temporary; blotting papers do not make your skin produce less oils, and so your skin will become oily again hours later.
Canadian dermatologist #2: Blotting papers are a good way to remove excess oil. I would also recommend using a gentle cleanser to cleanse and moisturize your skin for the best result.
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Canadian dermatologist #1: Honey is a humectant, which means that it draws water into the skin, making it better hydrated. It is quite messy though, and there are many excellent humectants that are added to today’s skin care products that are much more elegant and easier to use on your skin!
Canadian dermatologist #2: Honey has been used to treat wounds, but it is a special honey (not the same you would get from a grocery store). I would not recommend honey on your skin.It would make acne worse by “plugging your pores”.
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Canadian dermatologist #1: Toothpaste contains ingredients that will dry out pimples, BUT it also contains ingredients that will dry out and irritate the skin. It is formulated for teeth, not pimples. I think your friend is better off with one of the over-the-counter acne treatments. These have been shown to be effective and are intended for topical application.
Canadian dermatologist #2: This is something people have tried for years. In my opinion, it really doesn’t help. It may actually irritate the skin. I wouldn't recommend it. Medications and a good cleanser may be needed to get the best outcome.
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Canadian dermatologist #1: Gently exfoliating once or twice per week can be beneficial if you have a more oily skin type, but make sure not to use hot water to wash off the exfoliator/scrub, and to moisturize right after.
Canadian dermatologist #2: Scrubs can be helpful to remove dirt and dead skin cells, and they can tone. They should be used properly. For example, mild scrubbing gives the best results.
Canadian dermatologist #1: It’s simpler than most think. Use a gentle cleanser, not a soap, once or twice per day (twice if you’re sporty, wear make-up, etc.), followed by a fragrance-free moisturizer (in the summer a lotion, in the winter a cream). Wash with lukewarm or cold water and exfoliate once or twice per week if you are oily.
Canadian dermatologist #2: Skin care routine can be very simple – cleanse the skin and then moisturize few times a day, for example with Spectro® products.
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Canadian dermatologist #1: Many cleansers now fortunately are labeled for dry/sensitive, normal or oily skin. These cleansers will have the right blend of cleaning agents and right amount of moisturizers based on your skin type.
Canadian dermatologist #2: There are many good cleansers out there. Spectro® products are a good balance of effective and easy to use non-comedogenic product.
Canadian dermatologist: Spectro AcneCare wash starts working immediately; however, visible signs of improvement manifest gradually (over several weeks).
Canadian dermatologist: No matter how severe your acne is; if you are at all concerned about your skin, a dermatologist would be pleased to assess you.
Canadian dermatologist: Some ingredients that enable products to foam may irritate your skin. In addition, many people have (or can develop) skin allergies to fragrances. For these reasons, it is best to use fragrance-free; non-foaming cleansers.
Canadian dermatologist: Benzoyl peroxide is a key component in treating acne and is incorporated in many over-the-counter and prescription treatments. It helps decrease the inflammation associated with pimples as well as helps battle some of the bacteria involved in forming pimples. It also helps the skin shed properly so that your acne can be better controlled.
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Canadian dermatologist: Normally, it is generally a good idea to wash your face every morning and night. However, if you tend to have skin that is more sensitive, some people will tend to wash just once a day. If you wear make-up, it is also a good idea to remove the make-up before you go to sleep.
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Canadian dermatologist: Spectro Cleanser for Blemish Prone skin is a great option for washing skin affected with pimples. Remember to be gentle when washing your skin if you have pimples as they can be easily irritated if you rub too hard. Adding spot treatment can often be helpful. These products can sometimes be found at your local pharmacy or prescribed to you by your doctor.
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Canadian dermatologist: These “little bumps” are the simplest form of pimples (blocked skin pores) known as comedomes and they are a normal skin change in puberty. Sometimes all that is needed to stop these is a twice-daily face washing regimen with a medicated wash such as Spectro Acne Care with 4% benzoyl peroxide.
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Canadian dermatologist: Our skin can react to a variety of things including hormone changes from within (puberty or menstrual period), external irritation from skin care routine/cosmetics or even the weather. Part of making your skin “non-reactive” should include a gentle skin care routine using a brand like Spectro to provide your skin the pH balance and moisture it needs.
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Canadian dermatologist: In many cases touching one’s face can contribute to clogging of skin pores and cause pimples. As well, if people are too aggressive when touching pimples they can contribute to scars (permanent marks). It is generally considered best to keep your hands off your face except for your skin care routine with cleansers/moisturizers such as Spectro brand.
Canadian dermatologist:Spectro AcneCare wash with benzoyl peroxide is a better choice as it acts to reduce levels of bacteria that lead to the formation of pimples.
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1. Greasy foods cause acne – although some food groups have been possibly associated with pimple formation, there is no clear answer. In general if you find a certain food makes your acne worse, avoid it.
2. The more you wash your face the better – washing too much can irritate your skin making it look worse. In general, washing twice a day should be helpful
Canadian dermatologist: Benzoyl peroxide – reduces levels of bacteria that lead to formation and prevent the growth of the bacteria leading to pimple formation.
Salicylic Acid – helps unclog pores
Zinc – helps decrease redness associated with acne to reduce levels of bacteria that lead to pimple formation
Canadian dermatologist: Most people should look for a cleanser that is gentle and non-irritating. Harsh cleansers can strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry and irritated. Soap-free cleansers that effectively cleanse the skin while allowing its natural moisture balance to be maintained are best for most skin types.
Canadian dermatologist: I don’t think that skin gets used to one cleanser or another. The way that cleansers work does not allow for that to happen. Sometimes a cleanser or new product will be a little drying at first but that goes away with time. That doesn’t mean that the cleanser is less effective.
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Canadian dermatologist: Spectro cleansers work well for all skin types. People with oily skin can sometimes use cleansers with harsher ingredients but all people benefit from cleansers that do not irritate or dry out the skin. This is especially important for people with sensitive skin, for whom Spectro cleansers work very well.
Canadian dermatologist: The skin moisture barrier is a natural barrier in the top layer of the skin that is designed to keep moisture in the skin and bad bacteria out of the skin.It is important to protect it so that your skin doesn’t get dried out or have an increased risk of infection.
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Canadian dermatologist: It is important not to pop pimples because it will cause more swelling and irritation and can sometimes cause scarring. It will also take longer to heal up.
Canadian dermatologist: A pimple is a collection of oil (sebum), dead skin cells and irritation that is trapped in a pore. It is not open to the surface of skin. It is called a closed comedome. A blackhead is a collection of oil and dead skin cells that is open to the surface – giving it the dark “blackhead” appearance. It’s called an open comedome. You can use the same cleanser to clean off the surface of the skin to reduce the risk of both pimples and blackheads.
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Canadian dermatologist: Removing oil, dirt and other environmental pollutants from your skin with a gentle cleanser at least once daily is a great idea. However, stripping all your natural skin oils to a squeaky “clean” point is not healthy and can result in more skin sensitivity and redness.
Canadian dermatologist: After you wash with a mild cleanser and lukewarm or cold water, you should apply a moisturizer and a sunscreen if doing so in the morning. Your skin shouldn’t feel like anything, more importantly, it should not feel tight or itchy or look red, cracked or flaking.
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Canadian dermatologist: You have combination skin (with T-zone oiliness) which is very common. Use a gentle cleanser, avoid scrubbing, use sunscreen in the morning and moisturize your cheeks with a cream and your T-zone with a lotion.
Canadian dermatologist: Spectro products are gentle and free of preservatives (which can be harmful to sensitive skin). The cleanser or moisturizer you choose depends on your skin type.If you have mild to moderate acne, Spectro also has a medicated wash with 4% benzoyl peroxide. If you have more severe acne or other skin problems, you may also need a prescription medication from your doctor or dermatologist. Spectro cleansers partner well with prescriptions since they don’t have any active ingredients that could interfere with your medication.
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Canadian dermatologist: Yes, these products are safe to use and many patients report immediate benefit (removal of blackheads). Make sure to follow the instructions on the product!
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Canadian dermatologist: Sometimes we all need a little help, so go ahead and apply that concealer! When choosing a concealer for your acne-prone skin be sure to choose one that is oil-free and non-comedogenic (this means that it won’t block your pores and lead to worsening of your acne).
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Canadian dermatologist: Many people with acne feel that their acne improves with sun exposure. The sun can calm down inflammation (such as acne) in the skin. However, there are safer ways to treat your acne than sun exposure, which increases your risk of skin cancer, not to mention wrinkles and sun spots associated with sun damage.
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Canadian dermatologist: To help your skin look its best, cleanse nightly with a soap-free liquid cleanser and apply a non-comedogenic moisturizer. If you are acne-prone you may want to consider using a wash with benzoyl peroxide or moisturizer with glycolic acid (start with 4%). Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen every morning. In-office procedures such as microdermabrasion or glycolic acid peels leading up to the big day can help give your skin that red-carpet glow.
Canadian dermatologist: Pimples are related to excess oil gland activity and are not related to sweating, which helps to rehydrate body temperature. Washing the sweat off right away will not prevent pimples from forming.
Canadian dermatologist: No. There is no scientific evidence linking specific foods to causing pimples. It is important to have a healthy, balanced diet.
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Canadian dermatologist: This may be happening in part due to how you wash your face. If you are using harsh cleansers or are scrubbing your face this will irritate your skin and the oil glands. This can then cause you to get more pimples. Gentle cleansing with a cleanser applied with your fingers then splashing water on to rinse off should work better.