For such a tiny thing, acne has such huge adverse effects, number one of which is low self-esteem. Whether it's a huge zit on top of your nose or a total face breakout, acne can plunge your confidence to the depths of the earth. Acne, which occurs when a hair follicle gets plugged with sebum oil and skin cells, is very common in teenagers. But adults can also experience having inflamed pores that can leave unsightly facial dents and scars. The good news is treating acne is possible. Here is what you have to do.
Skin Care Regimen
Develop an effective skin care routine. First, wash your face gently with lukewarm water. Take note of the word, lukewarm. Hot water is not acceptable. Do not use a cloth to wash your face. Use only your hands. Choose a gentle cleanser in the morning and a benzoyl peroxide later in the day. Next, do a spot treatment using a salicylic acid product after washing your face with a cleanser. Don't do this after using the benzoyl peroxide. After that, apply a non-comedogenic moisturizer. Choose one that has SPF 30 if you're going outdoors.
Right Facial Products
Aside from those products mentioned above, you should also use an OTC (over the counter) topical ointment during a breakout. This comes in gel, lotion or cream forms. See if the ointment has Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid ingredients, which are effective in unplugging pores, preventing spread of bacteria, and reducing inflammation.
Beware of products that promise overnight results. Acne treatment using products takes time, even several weeks if used on a regular basis. Use products that are labeled as "oil free", "nonacnegenic" or "non-comedogenic". Also, don't use anything that contain alcohol, as this can dry and irritate the skin. Of course, before buying any product, it is best to consult your dermatologist first.
Moderation Is The Key
Skin care regimen should be done in moderation. Never over scrub or use too many products at the same time. Using two or more acne products will not yield better results but only make the condition worse by drying and irritating your skin.
No Picking or Squeezing
No matter how tempted you are, never pick, pop, or squeeze your zits. Even if you are not the type who does not scar easily, doing so can cause scars or infect the acne and make it worse. Avoid touching your acne with your hands. Your hands may have dirt or oil that can further infect and inflame the zit.
Ditch the Cigarette
This is not only good for your skin but for your overall health. As you probably know, cigarette smoking can cause a wide range of health problems including lung diseases, heart diseases and hypertension. It would also contribute to acne breakouts.
Stress has been known to aggravate acne. This is why, it is important to alleviate your stress through relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises. Talking to a friend, taking a trip, or engaging in your favorite hobby can also lower down stress significantly.