Be gentler with your face not rougher 🙂
When I broke out with acne last year I freaked out. I tried every product known to MAN and forked out lots of money for it! I must have spent at least 200 dollars over a period of a few months on products that weren’t really helping me see a difference in the time that I wanted. While it will take time to see a noticable difference I will put here what worked me for and many others who were in a lot worse shape than me.
Gentle Face Wash:
Make sure to wash your hands thorougly so that any dirt or oil on your hands will not be transfered to your face while you are cleaning it. Use a simple face wash. Stay away from traditional soaps that can be drying to the skin. Some examples of what to use are Noxema Deep Cleansing Cream (Original), Tea Tree Oil Cleanser, Dudu-Osun Black Soap (not a traditonal soap, orginates from Africa, very cheap and effective–also helps even skin tone), and many others. You don’t need to buy anything fancy, just make sure it’s cleansing and doesn’t irritate your face.
Medicate the face:
The best thing to use to help your face heal quickly would be something containing 2.5% benzyol peroxide. The only product (that I know of that works well) that can be bought straight from most stores that contains the 2.5% benzyol peroxide is the Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment. Feel free to browse the acne care section to look for products containing the 2.5% benzyol peroxide. You can also purchase a gel http://www.danielkern.com/category-s/22.htm which works very well since it is a gel and not a cream. I recommend purchasing the travel size at first just to try it out. The gel absorbs better and penetrates deeper into the skin, but there is nothing wrong with using the cream. If you find higher percentages of the benzyol peroxide gel, don’t think these will work better. Some might actually be too irritating to the face and cause acne to worsen.
How to apply: After you have washed your hands and then your face blot your face with a clean towel very lightly (especially if you have bad acne) any extra irritation may worsen your condition. Spread the cream or gel onto your finger, start with a small amount. If you are using the on-the-spot treatment use half a finger amount and if you are using the gel start off with a third of a finger amount. You can use more or less depending on your condition, but in the beginning it’s important to start off with a small amount. You need to allow about to weeks for your face to adjust. As you use it everyday you can gradually increase the amount until you use a full finger of benzyol peroxide gel or two full finger amounts of the on-the-spot cream. Rub the amount into your face with two fingers (to decrease the amount of gel/cream that gets absorbed into your fingers rather than your face) and make sure to smooth it over your face until it has fully absorbed.
Moisturize: Benzyol Peroxide gel can be drying in the beginning of usage until your face gets used to it. In the mean time make sure to use lots of moisturizer after it the gel/cream has fully absorbed into your face. You may want to take a few minutes to make sure it has fully absorbed before applying the moisturizer, but if you don’t have the time it is fine to apply it right afterwards. I have found the most moisturizing products to be the natural ones you can find in health food stores, but experiment with what works for you. A few examples could be Cetaphil, Aloe Vera gel, Kiss My Face Peaches & Cream Alpha Hydroxy (Don’t use this if your face is in a sensitive state, I used this after my face had taken a significant amount of time to heal but I found it to be one of the only products that could moisturize my face).
Hopefully you find these tips helpful, if you need anymore information go to Acne.org which is where I got most of the help I needed to allow my face to recover 🙂 it’s 100% free. If you have any questions leave comments below and I’ll be sure to answer them.