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Acne is one of the most common skin issues out there, particularly for teens and younger adults. There are many different methods for combating acne depending on the severity and other details, and at the offices of Steven M. Jepson, M.D., our acne facials offer major benefits as you look to ward off unsightly marks and blemishes.

What are some common mistakes people make while attempting to treat acne outside the medical spa environment? Let’s take a look.

Squeezing or Popping

It will be very tempting to pick your face with acne, but resist this urge. Squeezing, picking or popping pimples will make them worse – infectious pus sits inside the pore, and if you burst it, this pus will spread the infection to the surrounding area. This could lead to more breakouts than you began with, and can make the inflammation worse and increase the healing time. It can also lead to scarring, or worsening of current scars.


Cleansing acne is a good method for fighting it, but you shouldn’t do so more than roughly twice a day unless you’re instructed to. Once in the morning and once at night is enough – any more than that risks stripping the skin of essential lipids, plus can increase oil production to the point where acne becomes even more serious.

Moisturizing Incorrectly

All skin needs to be hydrated, even oily skin, but many people confuse this with the addition of oil. If you have naturally oily skin, you still need to add moisture regularly – but not more oil. For this reason, both over-moisturizing and under-moisturizing can be issues, depending on what your skin tone is. Speak to your skin specialist to find out more here.

Not Exfoliating

Exfoliation helps loosen dead skin cells and speed up shedding, which can be a major help with regular breakouts or blackheads. It will clear up buildups in the pores that impact acne.

Using Comedogenic Skin Products

This refers to products that are fatty emollients or contain oily ingredients. These clog pores and make acne worse, and can increase inflammation in pore walls through irritation. If you struggle with acne, avoid these products altogether – look for “non-comedogenic” on the label.

We sell high-quality doctor-grade skin care products at our office.  A regimen can be customized to match your skin’s needs

To learn more about our acne treatments, or for our other services including Botox and laser treatments, speak to the experts at the offices of Steven M. Jepson, M.D. today.