Only those who’ve experienced a serious acne problem can understand just how frustrating it can be! Not only is acne uncomfortable, it can play havoc with just about anyone’s self confidence. And what’s worse, for many acne sufferers, it tends to come and go in a seemingly random fashion. One day, your skin is fine, the next your acne is flaring up like never before. Should you find yourself suffering from acne, there are a number of things that you can do.
Here are eight simple tips for keeping those bad skin days to a minimum.
Don’t Touch Your Face- The first towards keeping your acne under control is to keep your hands away from your face. Most people don’t realize just how often they touch their face during an average day. Doing so invariably increases the amount of oil and bacteria on your face which is the last thing that your acne needs. Because it’s impossible to avoid touching your face completely, you should also make an effort to wash your hands regularly.
Don’t Wash Your Face Too Much- You’re probably already aware of the importance of washing your face when it comes to keeping acne to a minimum but did you know that washing your face can make things worse too? If you wash your face too much, you can end up drying it out. Endless scrubbing can also agitate your skin. You should therefore wash your face no more than twice a day and when doing so, be gentle.
Exercise Regularly- Exercise is beneficial for those with acne for two reasons. For a start, regular exercise helps to keep your hormone levels in check and hormone imbalances are a common cause of acne flaring up. The second reason that exercise is beneficial for those with acne is that it generally involves quite a bit of sweating. Sweat naturally clears out your pores.
Try Benzoyl Peroxide- Benzoyl peroxide doesn’t help everybody with acne but if you haven’t tried it, it’s well worth the purchase. Simply find a cream or gel that contains the chemical and apply it to the parts of your face where acne has broken out. Though some Benzoyl peroxide products are only available with a prescription, there are many over the counter products available too.
Use Salicylic Acid- Salicylic acid is another product well worth experimenting with. Unlike Benzoyl peroxide, it works by causing your skin to shed a layer. Though this might sound potentially painful/unhealthy, it only affects your skin’s outermost layer. The benefit of getting rid of this layer of skin is that doing so tends to give your pores a lot more room to breathe.
Try Antibiotics- If you haven’t experienced much luck with either Benzoyl peroxide or Salicylic acid, consider talking to your doctor about prescribing antibiotics. Antibiotics are designed to kill bacteria and they can therefore help your body to stave off the bacteria that promotes acne inflammation.
Switch Your Makeup- If you’re a female with acne problems, take a look at your make up choices. Though make up alone can’t cause acne, it can certainly make the acne that you already have flare up. If you think that your makeup might be making your skin worse, experiment with switching brands. Ideally, you should look for makeup that is labelled non-comedogenic.
Stay Calm- Finally, though it’s certainly easier said than done, try to keep your stress levels in check. Most acne sufferers find that their skin gets a lot worse when they’re worked up over something. Take a look at the primary causes of stress in your life. Establish which ones can be avoided and start doing your best to avoid them.
Happy Skin= Happy You!
Barbara Woodberry is the editor for magazinesubscriptions.com, who is also a Health expert and an avid guest blogger. She expressly writes about home-made solutions for a healthy lifestyle.
Note: All views expressed in this blog post are the personal opinions of the guest blogger. mySkin.com doesn’t favor any particular skincare brand or take advertising from any of them. Our scientific algorithm is entirely unbiased based on your skin profile.