Our Top Acne Tips This Acne Awareness Month

Acne is one of the most common skin concerns we see, and we understand it can feel endless and difficult. June is Acne Awareness Month, and it’s dedicated to raising awareness of the effects acne can have on your physical and mental health. At Fargo Center for Dermatology, we’re here to help you navigate acne and find your most confident self. Here are some of our top tips for managing acne and how our team can help.

Partner with a Board-Certified Dermatologist

A dermatologist is the best possible healthcare provider you can see for your acne. An experienced, board-certified dermatologist can help you unravel possible causes and offer more targeted treatment than what you might find from a regular physician. They have deep knowledge of the different types of acne and their causes, helping you avoid treatments that won’t work or haven’t worked in the past. A dermatologist can also offer you understanding and compassion since we know the impact that acne can have on your day-to-day life. A dermatologist can also help you explore the most cutting-edge treatments and find results you may not have thought were possible.

Finally, a dermatologist can help you get clearer skin after you get your acne under control. Not only can they help you manage breakouts, but they can help you manage the aftereffects and prevent scarring that can take a toll on your confidence long after acne fades.

Reduce Stress

Reducing stress levels is a great health tip for anyone, but it can especially benefit people with acne. Acne causes are vast and multifaceted, but stress can be a contributing factor in many cases. Find ways to reduce your stress level, like scheduling time to rest, practicing good self-care, rearranging your schedule, reconsidering an obligation or two, and having honest conversations with your friends, coworkers, and loved ones. Some things that contribute to high stress levels can’t always be easily changed, like a job or academic program, but taking smaller steps can help.

Consulting a mental health professional can also be helpful, especially in managing the effects that acne has on your confidence. You can learn tools to reduce stress and feel more comfortable with your skin as you work through acne treatment.

Apply Daily Sunscreen

Wearing sunscreen daily is one of the best things you can do for acneic skin. Sun exposure can significantly worsen acne scars, making them harder to treat. Make it a practice to apply broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30. Do this at least 15 minutes before you go outside and reapply every two hours that you’re outside.

Finding the right sunscreen can be especially challenging for people with acne. While it’s generally recommended that mineral sunscreens are better for people with sensitive or acne-prone skin, you may have specific needs from sunscreen. Our team can help you find the right sunscreen that doesn’t cause acne, provides good protection, and doesn’t leave you looking pale or greasy.

Acne Treatment in Fargo, ND

This Acne Awareness Month, we encourage you to meet with our team to see how you can benefit from our state-of-the-art treatment options. We’ll develop a personalized treatment plan so you can achieve clear, radiant skin. Contact us online to get started.