Acne and Skin Peeling

Wash your face gently to reduce skin peeling when you have acne.

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It's truly ironic: You're already coping with oily skin and zits popping up on your face, only to have to contend with skin peeling due to a medication you're using to banish blemishes. Relax --- stress can make your acne worse. A few simple changes to your skin-care regimen can minimize skin peeling as you inch closer to smooth, beautiful skin.

Change Your Medication

Common topical remedies for acne contain ingredients such as salicylic acid or a retinoid. While these medications will reveal pimple-free glowing skin in the future, in the short-term they reduce oiliness and increase skin cell turnover. As a result, dryness and skin peeling are likely side effects. Speak to your dermatologist about milder remedies you can use. A dermatologist can give you the best advice on treating acne, or pick your pharmacist's brain if a dermatologist isn't available in your area.

Medicate Less

Just because you're supposed to use an over-the-counter or prescription medication a certain number of times daily, you're not beholden to these guidelines. Everyone's skin is different and a medication that causes few side effects for your pimply teenage brother could leave your skin red, peeling and painful. Try applying the medication fewer times each day --- such as once or twice instead of three times --- or every other day to see if it makes a difference. Also, wait 10 to 15 minutes after washing your face before applying the acne medication.

Baby Your Skin

While you may think that scrubbing your skin harshly will scare pimples into disappearing, this approach simply irritates your skin and exacerbates dryness and peeling. The effects will be even worse if you also have sensitive skin and you're using a drying medication. To stop skin peeling, use mild cleansers and a gentle, circular motion when washing your skin. Unless your dermatologist recommends using an astringent, skip it to reduce peeling even more.

Don't Worship the Sun

Soaking up the sun's rays may give your skin the vitamin D it needs to be healthy, but ultraviolet rays can also be very harmful. In some cases, sunshine can make acne worse, and it's even more damaging if you're using acne medications that increase sun sensitivity. Add a sunburn to the mix and skin peeling will be guaranteed. Avoid the sun during the peak hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and speak to your dermatologist about a suitable sunscreen for acne-prone skin.

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