by Adrien Dissous, La Roche-Posay US Editor
Of the many things I was told as a teenager I would be wiser about when I became an adult, acne was never on the list. Thanks to my career in skincare, I am now much smarter when it comes to caring for my complexion, and wish I could go back in time to share them with my younger self to make my struggle with acne a lot less dramatic. I may not be able to turn back time, but I can hopefully help make a difference for anyone out there dealing with the frustrations of being a teen with acne.
1. Go to a GP today. Not tomorrow, not next week, now!
Don't get to the frustrating point of “I’ve tried everything” before you go to a GP. Using an internet search as your skincare guru, self-treating with the wrong products, and letting acne persist for months will only make it harder to treat now and may cause permanent marks or scars in the future. The sooner you see a professional, the greater your chances of clearing acne quickly.
2. Scrubbing your face off won't erase acne
Scrubs might give you an instant clean feeling in the short term, but they may very well make your acne worse over the long-term. There is no such thing as gentle scrubbing particles - they are very likely to aggravate your acne and strip your skin, leading to increased inflammation and oil production: 2 of the major causes of acne.
3. Don't pick. Really - don't pick.
Would you rather go through one day with a breakout or a lifetime with a scar on your face? If you're picking your breakouts, you're potentially creating life-long scar at the same time. Don’t give acne power over the future of your skin. Whether you’re a guy or a girl, reach for a medicated acne concealer instead of attacking that breakout with your fingers. This will simultaneously conceal and treat your breakout to get you through the day while minimising permanent scarring.