HOW CAN I TREAT CYS­TIC ACNE?

CYSTS ARE A SE­VERE FORM OF ACNE THAT’S DEEPER UN­DER THE SKIN THAN OTHER TYPES OF PIMPLES. GO TO A DERM, WHO WILL LIKELY PUT YOU ON ONE OR A COM­BI­NA­TION OF PRE­SCRIP­TION MED­I­CA­TIONS, BE­CAUSE WITH CYS­TIC ACNE THERE’S A CHANCE OF PER­MA­NENT SCARRING, AND YOU D

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HOW CAN I PRE­VENT POST-IN­FLAM­MA­TORY HYPERPIGMENTATION?

Stay out of the sun – UV ex­po­sure can fur­ther darken spots from acne – and wear an SPF 30 or higher daily. And don’t pick at your acne, which can cause skin trauma and lead to more hyperpigmentation. For the most part, it will re­solve on its own over time, un­less you re­peat­edly cause hyperpigmentation from sun ex­po­sure or from pick­ing in the same spot. The speed at which it re­solves de­pends on how deep the trauma is. You can get pre­scrip­tion­level skin-light­en­ing creams from your derm, too. Over-the-counter for­mu­las can work, but creams with a higher per­cent­age of in­gre­di­ents are avail­able by pre­scrip­tion only and are more ef­fec­tive.

WHAT WILL TREAT MY EX­IST­ING ACNE AND POST-IN­FLAM­MA­TORY HYPERPIGMENTATION AT THE SAME TIME?

Aze­laic acid, an anti-acne in­gre­di­ent, blocks an en­zyme that leads to the dark­en­ing of skin af­ter a pim­ple. Retinol can help with both, too. TRY: (8) Der­ma­log­ica Break­out Con­trol, $69

WHY DO I KEEP GET­TING THE SAME PIM­PLE ON MY CHEEK?

Some­times a pim­ple just never fully heals, and when hor­mones in­crease oil pro­duc­tion in the skin, that can ac­ti­vate it again. I rec­om­mend us­ing a salicylic acid spot treat­ment when­ever a zit arises. TRY: (4) Ul­traceu­ti­cals Ul­tra Clear Spot Treat­ment, $40

HOW DO I TREAT ACNE WHEN PREG­NANT?

Some acne prod­ucts – pre­scrip­tion and over-the-counter – are not rec­om­mended dur­ing preg­nancy; avoid salicylic acid, benzoyl per­ox­ide and retinol. Aze­laic acid and gly­colic acid are OK – find the lat­ter in (6) Al­pha-h Bal­anc­ing Mois­turiser and Gen­tle Ex­fo­liant, $62.

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