Great-Looking Skin for the Acne Prone

by Alexandra Kilpatrick


Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting 40 to 50 million Americans, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

About 85 percent of all American citizens will experience acne at some point in their lives. Additionally, 16 million Americans are affected by the skin condition rosacea. Millions of Americans search for skincare products or treatments to treat these conditions and improve the look and feel of their skin.

“Having great looking skin is a mystery to most people,” Crystal Wellman, a Master Aesthetician and owner of the Crystal Clear Acne Clinic in Fredericksburg, Virginia, told “Some of the things they do may even work against them…even if they are using products that claim to help their skin.”

Luckily, there are a myriad of things you can do to improve your skin, according to

Avoid Irritating

Try to avoid the urge to pop, pick or irritate acne or other skin conditions, as doing so will only worsen the condition.

Be Gentle

Make sure to use gentle products that don’t dry out the skin. Be as gentle as possible when cleaning your face, making sure to avoid any vigorous scrubbing or harshness. Use a facial cleanser that’s not overly drying, since hydrated skin tends to heal more quickly.

Stop the Clog

With sales of organic and natural beauty products expected to top 9 billion dollars in 2015, the makeup industry is huge right now. Makeup may look great, but it can clog your pores, leading to acne and other skin conditions. Therefore, it’s necessary to be diligent about gently removing makeup from your face at the end of the day.

Think Protection

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, affecting more than two million people each year, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Exposure to the sun and cigarette smoke can damage the skin and lead to premature aging. Protect your skin by wearing sunscreen, a hat or sitting in the shade.

Drink Water

Drink plenty of water to hydrate your body and your skin. The skin is an organ and much like others, it needs water to look and feel its best.

Get Help

If you take all of this advice and still can’t tackle that acne or any other skin condition, consult a professional to help identify and treat the problem.

“Once you learn more about what to do and what not to do, it all becomes easier to have great-looking skin,” Wellman told “At the clinic, we not only treat the condition, but we teach people what to do so they can prevent and address problems in the future.”

Microdermabrasion is a great professional way to exfoliate the skin and fight skin conditions. Skokie offers a number of opportunities for microdermabrasion for residents.

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