Laser skin treatments can remove troublesome acne scars and leave you with aesthetically appealing skin that’s smooth and healthy. But successful laser procedures won’t prevent acne from developing again if you don’t take the right precautions. Keep reading to discover four ways to keep acne from coming back after laser treatment.
1. Wash Your Face the Right Way
The most effective way to keep acne from coming back after you’ve had scars removed with laser treatment is to wash your face. But don’t splash your face with soap and water and call it a day. Use an alcohol-free cleanser twice a day to remove excess oil, dirt, sweat, leftover makeup, and other debris from your face, and properly wash your face by:
• Wetting your face with warm water
• Applying your preferred cleanser in circular motions with your fingers
• Rinsing your face thoroughly and gently patting it dry
2. Get to Know Your Skin
Pimples can affect anyone, regardless of skin type. However, there are certain skin characteristics that increase the risk of developing pimples and experiencing serious acne outbreaks. Oily skin, for example, is especially susceptible to pimples. Combination skin means you have both dry and oily areas, but you have no control over which areas are which way. However, it’s usually the so-called “T-zone” (forehead, nose, and chin) that’s oily. Knowing your skin type will make it easier for you to choose the right skincare products.
3. Moisturize Your Skin
The purpose of a moisturizer is to keep your skin sufficiently hydrated, which is a good thing if your goal is keep acne at bay. The problem is that many moisturizers also contain oil, artificially created fragrances, and other skin-irritating ingredients that could contribute to acne outbreaks. So, look for natural face moisturizers and ones that are fragrance-free.
4. Drink More Water and Watch What You Eat
Your skin is a living organ that can be affected by things like how much water you drink and the foods you eat. If you are dehydrated, your skin’s oil glands will be more active. Certain foods can also help keep your skin healthy and less susceptible to acne issues. Some of these skin-friendly foods include:
• Carrots and sweet potatoes
• Turkey and other lean protein meats
• Spinach and other leafy greens
Lastly, get more life out of laser treatment for acne scars by keeping your pores clean and unclogged. This also means avoiding the temptation to cover minor blemishes with makeup. Doing so can clog pores and contribute to more outbreaks. Your skin will also thank you if you go au naturel whenever possible – or at least opt for non-comedogenic products designed not to clog pores.