Tips for Acne Prone Skin
It’s one of the most embarrassing, and unfortunately, inevitable things that could happen to anyone: an acne pimple popping out on your face. So when a zit rears its ugly head, what do you usually do?
Chances are, many of the things you do during a breakout are something that can only make it worse. We know this because, at a certain point in our lives, we were guilty of doing them, too. Here are some of those acne no-nos people commit on a regular basis.
Picking and poking and popping
We don’t need a medical degree to know that popping a zit is a huge mistake, but most of us do it anyway. It damages skin tissue, for one thing. Bacteria from your fingers plus rupturing the follicle wall could spread the infection and cause more zits to pop up. When the popped pimples finally heal, you’re often left with pimple scars.
Never pop your zits.
You wash your face too much, too often
Washing your face is good, but only if you don’t overdo it. Do it more than two times a day, and your skin will dry out, which will stimulate oil production and cause more breakouts.
Washing your face with lukewarm water twice a day is ideal. Be sure to tone afterward with a natural toner like our Organic Rose Water Toner and follow with a moisturizing oil like our Anti-aging Rosehip Night Serum.
Not seeing a dermatologist
Acne is a serious skin condition, but for some reason, far too few people actually visit an expert on dermatology in order to get treatment. They just rely on treatment products that work for their friends.
However, since people have different skin, what may work for them may not work for you. A dermatologist can help determine not only the right skin treatment but also the right skin care routine for your skin type.
Using too many products
The market is flooded with products designed to help you get rid of acne. Using two or more of them at the same time, however, is not a good idea. Your skin will likely become flaked, red, or irritated.
Stick to just one product if possible. If you like organic acne treatments, then you can use something like the Carrot Seed Oil from Leven Rose. It’s a natural, fast-acting treatment that works on a cellular level to clear your skin of acne.
Scrubbing too enthusiastically
Vigorously scrubbing your acne can only make it worse. All it ever does is compromise the skin’s protective barrier and irritate it more. Instead of abrasive scrubs, try gentle exfoliators instead.
Believing every skin care hack you see online
In a world where Google is your friend, there is a hack for just about everything, including how to effectively deal with acne. Some of them might work, but there are suggestions—like using toothpaste to treat acne—that are just too farfetched, even damaging.
Always use real acne treatment products or natural pure products like our cold-pressed Jojoba Oil that's been known to naturally combat acne breakouts.
For some reason, some people treat their acne by going to a tanning salon. What they don’t realize, however, is that if tanning had any acne-fighting benefits, all of them would be negated by the damage exposure to UV rays can inflict on their skin.
Even worse is the possibility that UV exposure would make the brown or red spots on your skin caused by acne darker.
You play it fast and loose with hair products
If you use hairspray and hair gels, there’s a big possibility that spicks and speckles of the products have made it onto your face. Hair products can clog your pores and trigger inflammation. If you’re using an oil-based chemical hair product, then you should know that most of them trap bacteria, giving acne the perfect breeding ground.
To make sure no excess product makes contact with your face, make sure you cover it as you apply hairspray or gel. Better yet, avoid spraying directly onto your hair. Spray the product onto your hands or a comb, then work them through your hair.
You don’t change pillowcases often enough
Most of us change pillowcases every week, but acne-prone people should do it every day or every few days. Pillowcases, after all, house dirt and oil that it gets from the environment—including your hair and skin. So every time you put your face against it, all that dirt and oil gets transferred back, clogging pores and causing yet another breakout.
These are just some of the mistakes that could only worsen your acne. Fortunately, all of them can be easily rectified. Visit a dermatologist and get advice that will help you solve your acne problems for the long term.
Treatment For Hormonal Chin Acne: A GP or dermatologist may be able to prescribe topical treatments that contain some of the ingredients I have mentioned, but at higher concentrations. Trying a different combined oral contraceptive pill may also help, as can oral antibiotics or a medication called spironolactone, which has been used off label for years to help treat hormonal acne in adult women.
Medical-grade facials and extraction, as well as chemical peels, can help with the bumpy texture of your skin you have described; however, I generally only recommend these in conjunction with maintenance topical and/or oral acne treatments, as facials and peels will only benefit skin temporarily. Blue LED lights are also useful for reducing the bacteria on our skin that contributes to the development of acne, but again, results are temporary.
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Written by Guest Blogger EnteBella Medical