Acne is a skin condition that can occur at any age, and oftentimes, our solutions to dealing with our breakouts can make the situation worse. If you’re struggling with acne, whether it’s just an occasional breakout or a more frequent occurrence, read on for some helpful tips for a clearer complexion.
Exfoliation is key to avoiding acne. Skin cells die naturally, but when they are not cleaned off of your face properly through exfoliation, they can lead to a buildup of oil and clog your pores, which leads to a breakout of acne. Use a face wash or scrubbing tool, that will properly exfoliate your skin.
If you absolutely must pop a pimple, do not use your fingers. Make sure the head of the pimple (white area) is exposed and never pop a pimple that does not have a head. Take a sewing needle or safety pin and sterilize it with an open flame, alcohol, or boiling water. Rub the pimple with alcohol to kill any germs on it. Then use the needle or pin to pierce the tip of the pimple head from the side and gently pull upward to lance the head. The pimple should drain and you can clean it afterwards with a clean tissue.
To avoid acne problems, try to be aware of touching your face with your hands and then, stop it! Constantly touching your face with your hands, resting your head on your hand when bored or resting your chin on your hands while sleeping, transfers the day’s bacteria and oils built up on your hands to your face, re-clogging and infecting pores.
Whether you exercise at the gym, home, at school, or participate in sports, remember to shower after breaking an intense sweat. While sweat is good for clearing out your pores, it’s not good when it remains on your skin to fester and soak back in. Take a shower to wash off any remaining dirt, skin flakes, and bacteria to avoid acne.
Consider a moisturizer treatment gel that is designed to moisturize the skin as well as clear acne. There are many moisturizers specifically created to deal with acne. Be careful with products that exfoliate though, because this can actually damage the skin. Find one that is designed to soothe acne symptoms while moisturizing.
When you are shopping for acne products in a drug store or mall, make sure that you purchase makeup that is designed specifically for acne. There are many foundations and concealers that are designed to fight acne while on your face, as opposed to a lot of products which exacerbate the problem.
What you put on your hair is just as important as what you put on your face during a breakout. If you use fragances and harsh chemicals on your hair, they may drip onto your face which can cause your skin pores to be blocked. You should wash your hair often so that you don’t have oily hair touching your face and adding oil to it. If you are having an outbreak, try to keep your hair pulled back.
We have all dealt with acne at one point or another in our life. If one of your goals is to have a clearer, smoother complexion, then consider applying some of these tips to your life. Within just a short period of time, you will start to notice impressive results.