Dear acne, if you have to live on my face, I need to see some rent. – Unknown
If clear, healthy, beautiful skin is on your list of improvements for the Year, don’t fret because the road to getting clear skin is to follow an acne-fighting regimen. It’s just a handful of habits.
It can be overwhelmingly itchy and embarrassing but not to worry, we’ve rounded up the very best tips for getting your skin clear and glowing.
Don’t pop it:
Warn your nice-meaning friends if you have to. While it may seem like the fastest way to get rid of a blemish, popping often worsens acne.
Find out what the causes of your acne:
Like they say, to find the solution, know the problem. Causes of acne vary across individuals. It could be stress, depression, bad diet, irritation from materials like hair extensions, bacteria, skin care products, weather or purely medical. Observe your body and pay attention to the point when you observe the break-out. Trace it back to what you must have done a few hours or days back.
Give an acne treatment at least 4 weeks to work:
When using a new acne clearing product, give it some time, at least four weeks before judging if it works or not. Using a different product every few days can also irritate your skin, causing new breakouts. Also look out for ingredients in the products before purchasing as some may cause your skin to react. If you notice improvement, then keep using the treatment to prevent new breakouts.
Know what the product works for before applying:
If you fight the wrong cause, it would backfire. An example is if you are using an acne treatment that contains benzoyl peroxide, the second acne treatment should contain another acne-fighting ingredient. To help you select another product, here’s what the different active ingredients work on:
• Benzoyl peroxide decreases acne causing bacteria.
• Retinoids, such as adapalene gel, unclog pores and reduce oiliness.
• Salicylic acid eases inflammation and unclogs pores.
Follow directions as prescribed:
Using an acne treatment may seem pretty straightforward, yet as much you use and how often you use it can make a huge difference. Just be sure to follow the directions. If a dermatologist created your treatment plan, then follow the instruction and use everything your dermatologist included in the treatment plan. Using some and leaving others out could be the reason you still have acne.
Wash your face twice a day and when it gets sweaty:
Oh, the power of water on the skin! An acne-prone skin is sensitive. Washing more than twice a day might irritate your skin, making acne worse. For best results, dermatologists recommend washing the face when you wake up; you’re ready to go to bed and when it gets sweaty.
Avoid scrubbing your face: If your skin feels greasy or dirty, you may be tempted to want to scrub it clean. Don’t! Scrubbing could irritate acne-prone skin, which worsens acne.
Spread acne medication across the skin:
Don’t use the treatment only on the affected part of your face. Apply layers on other parts of the skin to prevent new breakouts in new areas.
Wash your pillowcases, hats, and other materials that touch your acne-prone skin:
Dead skin cells, bacteria, and dirt will build up on these surfaces with time and can clog your pores. Washing what touches your acne-prone skin can prevent this a great deal.
Get medical help (See a dermatologist): If you still have acne after trying self-help tips, a dermatologist can help. A dermatologist can tailor a treatment plan to your unique need.
With these tips, get rid of those pimples since they won’t pay a rent.