What is the outlook for someone with acne?
For most, treatment for acne is successful. Improvements can be seen between 6 to 8 weeks. Flare-ups and breakouts are still common and may require additional or long-term treatment. Prompt treatment of acne can successfully reduce scarring or prevent it altogether. Isotretinoin is a treatment favoured by dermatologists as it provides the best results in the long-term.
Can acne be prevented?
It is a difficult condition to prevent, but you can take precautions to prevent breakouts, even after treatment.
- Wash acne-prone skin twice a day to remove excess oil and dead skin cells. Use gentle cleansers and oil-free, water-based skin care products and cosmetics.
- Use over-the-counter acne creams or gels to help dry excess oil. Products containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid as active ingredients work best.
- Remove all make-up before going to bed every day to avoid clogging up your pores. It’s also a good idea to throw out old or expired make-up and regularly clean cosmetic brushes and applicators with soapy water.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing to avoid trapping heat and moisture that irritates the skin.
- Shower after participating in strenuous activity.
- Avoid touching or picking at blemishes to prevent further infection.
- Maintain a healthy and nutritious diet and take steps to reduce stress levels wherever possible.