Acne is an unwanted visitor for anyone whom it graces with its
presence. It can be an embarrassing and uncomfortable condition, affecting
around nine percent of the population. Most common in teenagers, for a few of
us it continues up until adulthood and can have a devastating impact on the
sufferer, affecting confidence and self-esteem.
The good news is that there is a range of solutions available to you.
It is essential to keep trying different techniques as every individual’s skin
is different and reacts in a different way to chemicals and solutions. Read on
to discover some of the best ways to beat acne, and start getting your smile
Prevention is better than cure
It is much easier to keep acne at bay than to deal with the problem
once it has developed. One way to achieve this is to use an oil-free face wash
which contains salicylic acid. Oil and bacteria cause acne, and an
antibacterial face wash helps to prevent it from taking hold. In addition, a
good face wash will help to exfoliate dead skin cells that can clog your pores
and lead to problems.
Be selective with makeup
During a bad breakout, the temptation is to hide the problem as much as possible with thick foundation and concealer. Understandable as this may be, it can actually make the problem much worse by clogging the pores and encouraging the spots to spread.
Make sure to choose makeups that are silicone-free. It is also essential always to remove makeup thoroughly by double cleansing, and choose makeup which is labeled ‘noncomedogenic.’ This contains a formula specifically designed to help combat acne, and may even contain ingredients which help to fight off an existing breakout. Doing your research can change your life.
As well as being careful with makeup choices, it is also vital to keep
brushes, flannels, and anything else which may touch your face super clean to
prevent the spread of infection. Make sure your makeup isn’t expired, and throw
out anything which has expired. Wash your brushes regularly in hot, soapy water
or specially designed detergent, and make sure they are dry before applying
anything to your face. Avoid touching your face where possible, and make sure
your hands are clean before applying any makeup or creams with your fingertips.
Don’t neglect your hair
You may not have realized it, but our hair can have a direct impact on the condition of your skin. Strong fragrances, oils, and gels applied to your hair risk getting on your face, where they block pores and cause acne. Hair should be kept clean and regularly washed, as oils from the hair can transfer onto your face as well. For this reason, it is also a good idea to keep long hair pulled back and away from your face to reduce the temptation for oil to start clogging the pores. And it’s also better to wash your face after you showered so all those stuff in your shampoo and conditioner will be wash away from your face.
Try an over the counter remedy
There is no need to struggle by yourself when there is a variety of over the counter solutions which can help. Brands such as Proactiv will contain benzoyl peroxide and are often considered a secret weapon in the fight against acne. Talk to your pharmacist who will be able to advise you on the best option for your skin.