Is acne keeping from achieving the career you’ve always wanted? It may sound harsh, but looks are often a critical make-or-break factor in today’s competitive workplace. Writing for Salary.com, Aaron Gouveia summarizes 7 studies on the affect that height, weight, hair, skin, and makeup have on earnings with the following statement:
Unfortunately, multiple studies show that the amount someone is paid—and in some cases whether or not they get the job—is based, at least in part, on how they look.
That’s bad news for a majority of men and women, considering that an estimated 85% of Americans between the ages of 12 and 24 suffer with acne outbreaks. And while “covering up” might provide a quick fix, using makeup to hide the signs of acne might actually do more harm than good.
In an article published by the National Institute of Health, oily makeup ranks among the top 6 factors that can actually make acne worse.
6 Things That Make Acne Worse
Oily makeup. When shopping for makeup, choose products that are oil free to prevent additional oil and bacteria buildup on the surface of the skin. Look for products labeled noncomedogenic, as they will be less likely to clog your pores.
Hormonal changes. Women are particularly prone to developing acne 2 to 7 days before their period begins, as fluctuations in hormone levels can lead to breakouts.
Tension and friction on the skin. Acne can become more pronounced when the afflicted area is irritated. Bike helmets, shirt collars, purse straps, and backpacks are known to worsen acne breakouts along the forehead, shoulders, and upper back.
Humidity and airborne pollutants. Humidity and airborne pollutants can lead to clogged pores and skin irritation, which is particularly bad news for young professionals who live in Coconut Grove, Brickell, Downtown Miami, and South Beach.
Excessive squeezing/picking. When breakouts occur, a normal reaction is to pick, squeeze, or “pop” pimples until they “go away.” This only irritates the skin, which often leads to inflammation and scarring.
Aggressive scrubbing. Scrubbing the skin with abrasive materials and harsh cleansers can sometimes make matters worse.
If you suffer from acne, visit a local aesthetic dermatologist who can identify the root cause of the problem. Following diagnosis, a comprehensive treatment plan will be established to minimize the signs of acne and cultivate a smooth, even, and radiant skin texture.
Dr. Busso’s Tips for Acne Care and Prevention
Acclaimed Miami dermatologist, Dr. Mariano Busso, offers the following acne care and prevention tips for young professionals who suffer with acne.
- Wash acne-prone skin twice a day and after sweating. Perspiration, especially when wearing a hat or helmet, can make acne worse.
- Use your fingertips to apply a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser. Scrubbing or using a mesh sponge or washcloth can irritate the skin and make acne worse. Use alcohol-free, gentle products.
- Rinse with lukewarm water.
- Do not squeeze, pick, or pop pimples. This increases the risk of getting acne scars.
- Tanning damages your skin. Some acne medications make the skin very sensitive to ultraviolet light.
Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Busso
Almost every case of acne can be controlled. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Mariano Busso, if:
- You are embarrassed by your acne
- Over-the-counter products do not work
- Acne has left you with embarrassing scars or blemishes
To learn more about acne evaluation and treatment in Miami, speak with our office directly at 305-857-0144.