Is acne taking over your face? Do you feel awkward in social occasions?
If your face is spotty and it’s really getting you down, don’t worry, there’s plenty of different remedies out there to ensure your face quickly goes back to how it was.
No 1. Keep your face clean
It’s important to wash your face twice a day to remove impurities, dead skin cells and oil from your skin’s surface. You should use warm, not hot, water and a mild facial cleanser.
Using a harsh soap (like deodorant body soap) can hurt the already inflamed skin and cause more irritation.
You should also avoid scrubbing your skin harshly with a washcloth or exfoliating glove and and use something a little softer.
Always rinse well and dry your face with a clean towel. Then put the towel in a laundry basket, because using it multiple times can spread bacteria.
No 2. Moisturise
Most acne products contain ingredients that dry the skin, so you should always use a moisturiser that minimises dryness and skin peeling.
You should moisturise at least once a day to start seeing the effects.
No 3. Over the counter acne products
These kinds of products don’t require a prescription and they all include benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid or lactic acid, which can curb bacteria and dry your skin.
Start with a smaller amount at first, and if you don’t start seeing the effects after a week or so, use more. Don’t expect miracles straight away though.
Use with caution if you have sensitive skin too.
No 4. Use makeup sparingly
During a bad breakout of acne you should avoid wearing foundation, powder or blusher. And if you do wear any at all, wash it off at the end of the day.
If possible, choose oil-free cosmetics without added dyes and chemicals. Choose makeup that is labeled as “noncomedogenic,” meaning it should not cause acne. Read the ingredients list on the product label before buying.
No 5. Hair products
You should avoid using fragrances and gels on your hair because it they get on your face, they can block your skin’s pores and irritate your skin.
You should also use a gentle shampoo and conditioner.
Oily hair can add to the oil on your face, so wash your hair often, especially if you’re breaking out. If youve got long hair, keep it pulled away from your face.
No 6. Hands off the face
This can’t be stressed enough.
If you constantly touch your face you’ll spread bacteria instantly. This alone can spread acne and spots across the face a lot quicker.
You can also irritate the already inflamed facial skin. Never pick or pop pimples with your fingers, as it can lead to infection and scarring.
No 7. Stay out of the sun
The sun’s ultraviolet rays can increase inflammation and redness, and can cause post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (dark discoloration). Some acne medications may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight.
Limit your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, and a broad-brimmed hat. Whether you have pimples or not, always apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher at least 20 minutes before sun exposure.
Look for “noncomedogenic” on the sunscreen label to make new pimples less likely. Read the ingredients on the product label to know what you’re putting on your skin.
No 8. Avoid bad foods
Avoid greasy junk food and takeaways and add more fruit to your diet.
Dairy products and foods high in processed sugar (like sweets) may trigger acne. We know how hard this may be for some people, but while you have a face full of spots, avoid them as much as possible.
No 9. Exercise
Regular exercise is good for your whole body – including your skin.
When exercising you should avoid clothing/exercise equipment which rubs against your skin and shower immediately after.
Various studies have linked stress to the severity of pimples or acne. Ask yourself what is stressing you out and try doing things to prevent it.
Yoga, pilates, the gym or your favourite hobby are all great distractions.