Stop using oil-based makeup, hair products. Oil build up on the skin is one of the primary causes of acne, so you will want to avoid getting any kind of oil on your skin. This includes mechanical oils and greases, as well as cooking oils. Many teenagers fail to follow this advice, eating fast foods which contain large amounts of oils, while continuing to apply oil-based cosmetic products. Diet and lifestyles may need to be changed in order to get rid of acne.
Avoid harsh soaps and facial scrubs. Many of these acne cleansing products claim to wipe away dirt and oils, while “gently” exfoliating your skin. So long as you avoid contact with oils that aren’t produced by your body, you shouldn’t need these products. They can irritate your skin, damage your subaceous glands, and cause even worse acne breakouts in the long-run. The fact of the matter is that your subaceous glands are producing oils because they’re trying to protect your skin from being dry, cracked, and overly clean. Facial scrubs are not a good way to treat acne. If anything, you should be using moisturizers to help reduce your skin’s need to produce sebum (oils).
Take showers regularly and wash your face with gentle soaps. While it is fortuitous to avoid contact with contaminants and synthetic oils (or oils that are foreign to your body), it is not always possible. Taking a shower once in the morning and once in the evening while help reduce acne breakouts. Remember, however, to use gentle soaps, not harsh soaps when you wash yourself. There are a couple of all natural soaps to the right that are recommended as natural acne treatments. Even just applying a moist, warm compress in the evening will help loosen any oils or dead skin cells that have accumulated throughout the day.
Don’t pinch, prod, or poke your blemishes. Many people choose to pinch out their whiteheads, pimples, and zits with their fingers. There are a few problems with this method. First, your fingers are covered with unnatural oils. Second, your fingers are covered with plenty of bacteria. Thirdly, you will probably damage your subaceous glands or create an impacted pimple which will cause more fluid build up and will eventually become an infected zit. Refer to the articles we’ve written on zits and whiteheads for the appropriate ways to get rid of these sorts of acne lesions.
Use a dermatologist recommended acne lotion. Don’t just grab a bottle of lotion that says it’s dermatologist recommended; call or go see a dermatologist and ask them what lotion they would recommend. These lotions are different from soaps because they’re specifically designed to breakdown oils, kill the bacteria that cause infected blemishes, and promote the sloughing (shedding for lack of a better synonym) of dead skin cells (the other primary cause of acne). The better lotions recommended to get rid of acne contain either sulfur, resorcinol, or salicylic acid.