3 months ago

written by David Hensley, MD

We’ve all experienced it­—the dreaded pimple that appears the day of an important event. While this may only seem like a minor inconvenience, having acne can decrease someone’s confidence tenfold. The most frustrating part is that you have already tried every over-the-counter face wash that promises “clear skin, instantly!” You try and try again, but nothing seems to be working.

In order to effectively fight acne, one must understand why they have acne in the first place. Most will blame hormones or genetics, but there are actually numerous other causes to acne besides these core triggers.

Makeup Ingredients

Covering up blemishes is a great temporary fix, but it is important to be aware of the ingredients used in the makeup. Ingredients such as mineral oil, isopropyl myristate, artificial fragrance, and synthetic lanolin can be damaging to the skin and can cause further irritation.

Makeup Brushes

It is important to make sure that your makeup brushes are free of any unwanted bacteria or dirt. Washing your makeup brushes once a week is a key component to preventing acne.


Certain oils found in hairsprays can onset acne. We recommend using a tissue to shield your forehead from the spray.


We recommend washing your pillowcase to prevent oils building up on its surface.

Stop Touching!

We all know it, but we keep doing it anyway—it’s time to stop touching our face. Whether it’s a nervous habit or if there is a pesky pimple, the moments of satisfaction are not worth the amount of filth you transfer onto your face.

If you continue to struggle with we recommend seeing a dermatologist who can accurately prescribe a skin care routine for you.

Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington Dermatologist Dr. David Hensley is Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology. Dr. Hensley focuses his practice on technologically advanced skin care treatments. Dr. Hensley is Medical Director of Metroplex Dermatology, a practice devoted to providing patients with the highest standard of skin care available. Dr. Hensley has been named two years in a row 2016 | 2017 Top10MD an honor– only 1-in-3 doctors succeeds with this recognition in the United States. Contact Dr. Hensley today by or call (817)704-4777.


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