If you have had bad skin, you’ll know how clumps of red zits can instantly ruin your life. Acne is a disorder caused by inflammation of hair follicles and skin glands. The tricky part about it is that washing away oils on your skin surface won’t cure it as it forms under the skin.
Fighting acne can be frustrating – mostly because it’s not that easy to treat. However, in most cases, it won’t go away or just keeps on coming back because you are treating it the wrong way. Or you are not aware of the factors that makes acne worse, and so you overlooked the real culprits.
So how do you get a smooth, flawless skin you’ve always wanted? Kick your skin care routine into higher gear with these acne treatment tips!
Cleansing and Exfoliating
Unlike what many people think, generally, acne is not caused by poor hygiene, which means not washing washing enough don’t usually break you out. Gentle washing is important, but cleansing your face too frequently can actually make your acne worse. It can aggravate the blackheads and whiteheads, resulting in infection and more pimples. Use a mild soap and lukewarm water when washing your skin (very cold or very hot water may worsen acne).
Exfoliating your skin is also important, but exfoliate only if your acne is not inflamed. It gets rid of the layer of dead skin cells and reveals your new, youthful skin underneath. Exfoliating also helps unclog pores that can cause more acne. Do not overdo it, though. Use a mild facial scrub once or twice a week, and opt for exfoliating creams with natural, smooth and round beads.
Keep Your Pores Clear
Use Topical Treatments
Topical treatments may dry your skin, so to be on a safe side, use topical treatments that are fragrance-free and water-based. Ointments or oil-rich creams are pore-clogging, which can trigger breakouts.
Additionally, it’s important to look for potent and safe active ingredients in your acne-fighting spot treatment to make sure it can really work wonders for your skin.
Salicylic acid – When used in the right amount, salicylic acid can effectively penetrate deep into pores and clear out acne-causing oil buildup and skin impurities that make skin greasy and dull. It is often used to treat and soothe red, inflamed blemishes due to its calming and anti-inflammatory effect on pimples and acne.
Colloidal Sulfur – It is commonly used to treat several skin conditions, including acne and rashes. Colloidal sulphur helps slough off dead skin cells that block pores, preventing acne flare-ups. It also promotes clear skin by keeping bacteria at bay.
Benzoyl Peroxide – It works in three ways: kills germs, minimizes inflammation and helps to unclog pores. It is commonly used to clear inflamed zits, as well as comedones, otherwise known as blackheads and whiteheads. This spot treatment comes in different strengths, such as 2.5%, 4%, 5% and 10% – most people can tolerate 5% strength, which may be reduced or increased gradually depending on your skin’s condition.
What you want to achieve with these tips is to clear spots as much as possible and to prevent scarring.