Many people associate acne with tweens and teenagers, but the fact is that many adults also suffer from acne. If you feel like you should have outgrown acne long ago, but are still struggling to manage it, try following some of these tips. You will be on your way to clearer, more grown-up skin in no time.
Don't Wash Your Face Excessively
If you are an acne sufferer, try not to wash your face excessively. Any more than three times daily, and you run the risk of making the problem worse. Wash your face in warm water, using a mild soap. Gently pat your skin dry. This will prevent the acne-causing bacteria from spreading, lessening future breakouts.
Don't Touch Your Face
Acne can be caused by dirt and germs transferred to your face via your hands. Hands are breeding grounds for various types of germs and then when you touch your face, these very germs get into your pores and cause acne pimples. Avoid touching your face to prevent this, or if you must touch your face, wash your hands thoroughly first.
Drink Lots of Water
Drinking water can help you to get rid of acne. When your skin gets too dry, the dead skin cells remain on your body, causing blocked pores. Aim to consume at least two liters of water every day. This will rejuvenate your dry skin and help with any acne problems that you might have.
For an inexpensive, natural way to help with acne problems, check out what witch hazel can do for you. It contains antioxidant and astringent properties that are effective against acne. Used as an astringent, it is gentle and does not dry out the skin as many other acne medications do.
Don't Use Too Many Products
When you have breakouts or acne, you want to get it gone - fast. Be careful, however, of going overboard with either facial scrubs or drying agents such as products containing AHAs. Many a face has suffered from irritation, dryness, redness, and eventual wrinkling by a too-aggressive approach to controlling what were, in retrospect, minor facial issues.
Hormones and Acne
If you are in your teens, you must understand that acne is a natural bodily response to your hormonal changes. If you do not understand this, you will stress over your looks, which can cause your face to breakout even worse. If you are young, you have to be patient with your skin and take good care of it.
Don't Pick at Your Acne
When you have an outbreak of acne, do not scratch, squeeze, or pick at your blemishes. By doing any of these actions, you could push the bacteria deeper into the skin's surface. Squeezing, scratching, or picking at the blemishes will also promote further damage to the area of skin surrounding the blemish which can lead to acne scarring.
Choose Hair Products Wisely
What you put in your hair can also affect breakouts on your face so avoid items with heavy fragrances, oils, or chemicals. Anything you put into your hair can end up dripping onto your face which will irritate the skin leading to breakouts. Use gentle fragrance-free products on your hair and try to keep your hair pulled away from your face when styling.
Try an Orange Peel
Pimples can be cleared up with the help of an orange. Just peel an orange and use a rolling pin to roll it out. Apply it to the area with the pimples, and it can help to clear them up a bit quicker than they would on their own.
Avoid Products With False Claims
Do not buy products that promise to get rid of your acne within an hour or so. The promise can make the product tempting, but it is most certainly a blatant lie. Avoid these products. If you must, read the fine print on them. Buy something that makes more realistic guarantees.
Ask Your Dermatologist
Beware of people trying to sell you acne cremes as some of them will try to sell you products that can harm your skin. If you are not sure which creams are best for your skin, consult with your dermatologist or ask a pharmacist. Also, never purchase a creme that has been opened.
Try Garlic Paste
Applying garlic paste to your face regularly may help to prevent acne breakouts. Garlic has strong antiseptic properties. It has been reported to help clear skin and decrease oil production. The paste should be applied to clean skin, like you would apply a mask, and used about once a week.
Use a Moisturizing Cleanser
If you want to deal with acne, don't over-clean your face. People will often wash their face too much, which dries out their skin and causes the body to produce more oils. This leads to more acne. Wash your face thoroughly before you go to bed and then with a gentle, moisturizing cleanser in the morning. This will keep your face clean and moisturized without drying out your skin and causing more acne.
Don't Pop Pimples
When you have acne, as tempting as it is, it is better not to pop the acne because this will scar your face. If you wash them and let them go away, they will not leave skin damaging wounds on your face. This will preserve your skin further down the road when you don't have acne.
Just Use Soap and Water
To start a basic anti-acne regiment for your face, wash it. Just get a washcloth and lather it up with soap and rub your face in it every day. A lot of people shower and bathe every day without actually washing their faces. It's an unconscious decision to avoid getting soap in their eyes, but it leaves their face one of the dirtiest parts of their body.
Eat Fresh Veggies
Increase your intake of fresh produce and other foods. A diet rich in fresh foods will give your body, and therefore your skin, the nutrients it needs to be at its best. Many fresh vegetables and fruits also contain chemicals that have been shown to naturally reduce skin redness and acne problems.
As you can see, there are many methods for ridding your skin of embarrassing acne. Just because you're an adult and still have acne doesn't mean that you're destined to have it forever. Try any or all of the tips mentioned in this article to get the clear, fresh-faced look you've been dreaming of.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2020 Gary Adams
Gary Adams (author) from Monroeville on December 19, 2020:
You are very much welcome.
Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on December 18, 2020:
Looks like good solid information. I will pass it on. Thanks!