Renowned New York dermatologist, Dr. Dendy Engelman joined me recently to share tips for preventing and treating acne breakouts just in time for back to school!
Candace Rose: What should we look for when purchasing skincare and acne treatments?
Dr. Dendy Engelman: “Well, it can be certainly overwhelming with the amount of products that are now readily available at our local drugstores. I try to simplify things for my patients when I tell them what to look for. In a facial cleanser it’s really important to have salicylic acid 2% which will unblock pores and also contains acne fighting ingredients.”
Candace Rose: What would you say are the most common mistakes people make when treating blemishes and breakouts?
Dr. Dendy Engelman: “So the three most important things to avoid are popping, picking or overusing our products. As Americans we always think more is better, but that’s not necessarily the case with skincare and we can actually cause more breakouts if we overdry or misuse our products. There’s a newer device that’s on the market that’s made by Clearasil, it’s called PerfectaWash and it’s really neat because it delivers the perfect dose of face wash without overdrying the skin. So we know we’re going to get good, clean skin, but we’re not going to get that overdrying because it doesn’t allow you to overuse the product.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any tips for treating stubborn acne along the jawline and the body?
Dr. Dendy Engelman: “That’s a great question. We see that a lot. Usually along the jawline or on the body it tends to be more hormonal, and so if our traditional over the counter methods are not working for a patient, I recommend they see their local dermatologist just to get some additional benefit and potentially some prescription medication in that case.”
Candace Rose: Is there anything we can do to prevent acne breakouts?
Dr. Dendy Engelman: “Absolutely. If we establish a good skincare routine with products like Clearasil’s PerfectaWash or the spot treatment we will prevent new breakouts from occurring and keep ourselves clear, but we have to stick to a good regimen. So that’s what’s important. Prevention is the key to keeping our skin in good healthy condition. And that leads to greater confidence, especially during this back to school time, everybody wants to go back to school looking their best, so that’s nice to establish a good back to school routine.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share?