How to help clear zits

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Spots, zits, pimples, whatever you want to call them, they are unwanted! I had the most terrible skin as a teenager, loads of huge spots,blotchy skin. It wasn’t until I was about 19 and I went on a diet, that I realised what I could have done about them before.

DRINK WATER! I can’t stress this enough! Drinking water will not cure spots overnight, but it will help stop your skin from becoming red, blotchy,inflamed and flaky. Aim for between one and a half to two litres a day. It will also help to keep your body clear of toxins which can be harmful to the skin. Do this for 2-3 weeks and you will be amazed at how much better your skin looks.

Find the right cleanser. You may have more spots because you are using the wrong type of cleanser. If you have extremely oily skin, opt for a foam or foaming cleanser. It is the foaming action of the cleanser that is so effective at cleaning and removing dirt. If you have combination skin, choose something that is in the milder region, using a cleanser that is too harsh will dry your skin out and make it red and flaky. This will also make you touch your skin more, transferring more dirt from your fingers to your face, thus clogging your pores.

A common mistake people make when cleansing is to skip moisturising. If you have oily skin, use a moisturiser that is designed for your skin type. Choose one that is non comedogenic, this means that it will not block your pores. It should also have a mattifying effect, most non comedogenic moisturisers  will have a mattifying effect.  Better still use one that absorbs oil, these leave a matte residue on your skin (you can still apply make up over the top) Don’t apply too much though, as your face will literally crack (well, the moisturiser will) when you smile!

Exfoliating is also very important as this removes the dead skin cells and dirt that can become trapped in pores and cause spots. Did you know that if untreated, a blackhead can stay in the skin for up to 20 years? Choose an exfoliant with medium sized grains and do not scrub too hard, all this will do is make your skin red,scratched and sore. You should apply a firm,even pressure and rub in small circles, be sure to rinse well. Do this once or twice a week, depending on how much you need it.

Some other important tips are; Wash your hands before you wash your face, this seems like an obvious one, nut you would be amazed at how many people forget this! Do not touch your face too often, this will transfer the dirt from your fingers to your face. Wash your pillowcase daily, people often forget that when you sleep, dirt that has accumulated in your hair during the day, ends up on the pillow, and then on your face.

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