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9 Ways to Keep Pimples and Acne Away

What You Can Do to Minimise Acne or Pimples

9 Ways to keep pimples and acne away: Your at home guide by Dr Alek Nikolic

  1. Use oil free products: Make absolutely sure that your moisturizers, SPF, and any makeup or products you may be using are oil free.
  2. Do not pop, squeeze or pick at acne as this can make the situation worse by spreading inflammation. With medical treatment, removing lesions is rarely necessary; however, when comedo removal is needed, it should be performed by an experienced healthcare professional.
  3. Gently wash your face twice a day with a mild cleanser and pat dry. Acne is not caused by poor hygiene, and vigorous washing and scrubbing will not clear your skin. In fact, scrubbing, exfoliating, and using hard brushes or granules can irritate your skin and make the acne worse.
  4. Use products that specifically do not clog your pores. These are called noncomedogenic. Make-up, sunscreen, hair products and toiletries that are not likely to cause acne state on the label that they are noncomedogenic.
  5. Avoid oily hair: If you have oily hair, keep it off your face and wash it daily.
  6. No oily hair products: Avoid using hair products that contain oil, such as pomades and gels.
  7. Sporting equipment: Wear cotton clothing or moleskin under sporting equipment to avoid skin-to-equipment contact.
  8. Keep out of the sun: Avoid excess exposure to sunlight, and do not use tanning booths or sun lamps. Contrary to popular belief, tanning does not clear acne; it simply masks acne. Tanning also increases one’s risk of developing melanoma and other skin cancers. Additionally, some acne treatments can increase the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight and ultraviolet light from tanning booths and sun lamps. If you have acne, it is important to protect your skin by following strict sun-protection practices, such as wearing sunscreen and avoiding sunburns.
  9. Use recommended products: Use products that are specifically indicated for the treatment of mild acne. Both SkinCeuticals and NeoStrata have a range for acne or oily skin treatments:


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From the NeoStrata range I would recommend

  1. NeoStrata Clarifying Cleanser used twice daily
  2. NeoStrata Oil Free Lotion SPF 15 for daytime use
  3. NeoStrata Oil Control Gel for night-time use
  4. NeoStrata Spot Treatment Gel
  5. NeoStrata Clear Skin Solution used once or twice daily.

About Dr Alek Nikolic

Dr Alek Nikolic was born in South Africa and received his MBBCh (Wits) in 1992 and in 2000 he received his MBA (UCT). He has been in private practice for 24 years and is the owner of Aesthetic Facial Enhancement, which has offices in Cape Town. Dr Nikolic specialises in aesthetic medicine and is at the forefront of the latest developments in his field. He is very driven and has lectured extensively and has performed live demonstrations throughout South Africa and Internationally including Bangkok, Rome, Paris, Monte Carlo, Prague, and Warsaw. Dr Nikolic’s focus is on skin care, skin ingredients and cosmetic dermatology treatments such as lasers, chemical peels, Botox, and Dermal Fillers. He has performed over 20 000 procedures to date and as such is responsible for training numerous medical practitioners both in South Africa and internationally. Dr Nikolic is one of the founding members of the South African Allergan Medical Aesthetic Academy and chaired its inaugural launch in 2012. The Allergan Academy provides essential training to keep up with the latest technology in aesthetics. Dr Nikolic holds the advisory position of Allergan Local Country Mentor in Facial Aesthetics and is the Allergan Advanced Botox and Dermal Filler Trainer. He is Vice President of the Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Medicine Society of South Africa (AAMSSA) and is an Associate Member of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS).

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4 thoughts on “9 Ways to Keep Pimples and Acne Away

  1. cheryl says:

    thanks for the recommendations – needed direction and know where to go !

  2. Grace says:

    learnt something today – didn’t know about the scrubs being not good, thanks!

  3. susan says:

    thanks dr alek – i have photocopied this for my children

  4. sam101 says:

    I have some friends who have teenagers so will forward this link to help them manage their acne

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