Because acne starts with too much skin oil and clogged pores, maintaining a good skin regimen is a practical way to get rid of acne or even keep it from developing.
To start with, keep the skin clean, especially if it is often exposed to areas with high pollution. Use a mild skin cleanser one or two times a day to keep it clean and reduce irritation. There are scrubs, exfoliants and facial masks which can be used to help keep the skin clean. They usually contain salicylic acid which acts as a mild peeling agent. They open the pores by peeling away the skin’s outer layer. Skin exfoliants with glycolic or alpha hydroxy acids are useful aids to keep the skin clean. Retinol, which comes from Vitamin A, can also promote skin peeling.
The next step is to reduce the oil if the skin starts to produce excessive oil. The skin’s oil glands will keep on producing oil so the only option is to reduce the oil on the surface of the skin. Once the skin starts to feel oily, a mild astringent or toner can wipe away the excess oil. Topical creams and treatments with glycolic or alpha hydroxy acids can help reduce excess oil by peeling off the skin’s outer layer. Facial masks with sulfur and similar ingredients draw out the skin’s oil, which can then be wiped off. Antibacterial pads, aside from helping to kill the bacteria also help wipe away the oil.
But once acne erupts, the time to treat it is when it manifests the potential for scarring, such as when severe acne flares up or mild acne that won’t disappear. Here are some options for a good skin regimen to keep acne under control.
Kill the bacteria with antibacterial cleansers containing ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, sulfur and resorcinol. These can be bought as gels, creams or lotions. Use a 5% benzoyl peroxide wash to clean the skin every day. A 2% salicylic acid wash is a good substitute for those allergic to benzoyl peroxide.
A gel or cream with 5% benzoyl peroxide can be applied to the skin. A good substitute is a compound with sulfur or resorcinol.
In the evenings, apply a cream with sulfur to the spots that are affected.
A light skin moisturizer and a water-based oil-free makeup should be used in order not to aggravate the skin condition.
Cleaning and deep-cleansing pores with facials can help, especially for those persons with blackheads or whiteheads. Pore strips which can be placed on different parts of the face draw out the oil, which can then be cleaned off. There is no medical proof that putting toothpaste or vinegar on pimples has any effect.
The healthier and more regular your lifestyle is, the bigger the chances of keeping acne under control. One thing to remember is to never pick or squeeze pimples. Left alone they will vanish in time and maintaining a good skin regimen will go a long way in helping to get rid of acne.
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