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Avoid These Acne Mistakes! At All Costs. What Not To Do Guideline By Dr Alek Nikolic

Check Dr Alek Nikolic’s Advice On How Not To Make Acne, Pimples, or Blemishes Worse

“People who suffer from acne often do the strangest things and without knowing are actually making things worse.” – Dr Alek Nikolic

Read this helpful What Not To Do Guideline and get the best advice on how to handle your acne or blemishes from getting poorer.

Most Common Mistake: Squeeze and Pop

As tempting as it is Don’t

“Don’t pick your face, no matter how tempting it is. There’s a really good reason why you hear this advice all the time. Squeezing, picking, or popping pimples will make them worse.” – Dr Alek Nikolic

‘Squeaky Clean’ No More:

Only cleanse twice a day – I promise that is enough (AM and PM). Excess cleansing (as tempting as it is) causes the following:

Stripping your skin of essential lipids as removing too much oil disrupts the barrier function. Find a cleanser that doesn’t leave your skin feeling tight or dry. See below for Dr Alek All skin needs hydration (water). Even if you have oily skin, you still need to moisturize.

Everyone needs water. But not everyone needs oil.

Fast Tips:

  • Blot your face with tissue or blotting paper to absorb excess oil
  • Rinse your face with cool water (with clean hands) and dry it with a paper towel. This will provide some temporary relief
  • Choose moisturizers and makeup with oil-absorbing ingredients – See below for Dr Alek Nikolic’s recommendations.

Moisturise, Moisturise and Moisturise

All skin needs hydration (water) even if you have oily skin you still need to moisturize but we need to do it correctly: avoid the oils but add the water.

Fast Tip:

“Everyone needs water not everyone needs oil. Consider adding hyaluronic acid to your skin care regime.” – Dr Alek Nikolic

Exfoliate Correctly Not Roughly:

Exfoliate with Salicylic Acid or an Alpha Hydroxy Acid such as Glycolic Acid or Mandelic Acid.

Exfoliation loosens dead skin cells and speeds up shedding. This accomplishes 3 things:

  • Excess sebum flows out more easily from the pore onto the surface of skin
  • An exfoliating ingredient opens up the clogged pore
  • Alphahydroxy acids cleans out pores preventing new inflammatory lesions in the pores from forming

The Obvious One: Using None Comedogenic Skin Care Products or Makeup

Fatty emollients or oily ingredients will just make thing worse so choose all your topical products that clearly state non comedogenic.

Need More Info?

  1. Further Reading & Recommended In Depth Articles:
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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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