Acne is a very common skin condition that may affect a person regardless of age, race, or gender. It develops when pores of the skin get clogged with oil, dirt, and dead skin cells. It most commonly occurs on the face, but it can also develop on other parts of the body such as the back, neck, and shoulders. There is no single, definite cause of acne. However, several factors contribute to it such as oil production, hormones, and genes. The good news is that there are a number of ways to quickly eliminate acne through natural means. Basically, they fall into four main aspects:
- observing a good skincare routine,
- using herbal products,
- maintaining a balanced diet, and if those aren’t enough,
- seeking medical attention.
This article will focus on the first aspect which is to observe a good skincare routine.
Determine what type of acne you have
There are several types of acne, and each type requires different attention and treatment. These are the most common types of acne:
These are the standard pimples or more commonly referred to as “zits.” They are characterized by a yellowish liquid center containing pus which is made up of dead bacteria and white blood cells.
Blackheads are characterized by tiny bumps that have a black surface. They form when the pores open up, causing the sebum and dirt inside to rise to the skin’s surface. The black color results from oxidization when the air reacts with a pigment in the sebum called “melanin.”
Similar to blackheads, whiteheads are also comedones. However, they stay trapped below the surface of the skin, and the sebum and dirt buildup appears like a tiny, hard white bump.
Like pustules, cysts contain pus, but they are bigger, much more swollen, and are quite painful. They develop deep into the skin and usually leave scars.
Like cysts, nodules are large, swollen pimples but they do not contain pus. They are also hard and form deep into the skin. It should be noted that severe cystic or nodular acne requires immediate medical attention.
Choose ideal skincare products
Not all skincare products that work for someone will work for someone else. This is because everyone has different skin types, sensitivities, and even allergies. Those with thicker and oilier skin should exfoliate more often than those with sensitive and dry skin. And if your acne is limited to blackheads or whiteheads only which do not result in any inflammation or redness, exfoliating products that are mild will do.
Only those with oily skin should use astringents. For those with itchy or dry skin, a moisturizer that contains no oil in its ingredients should be used. In choosing a cleanser, note that any kind of soap, even moisturizing soaps, will dry your skin. Thus, if you already have dry, sensitive skin, you should go for a soap-free, mild water-based cleanser. If you wear makeup regularly, go for double cleansing. Double cleansing involves cleansing with an oil-based cleanser first to remove any dirt and makeup, followed by a water-based cleanser.
Practice regular cleansing
Even if you have the best skin care products, they won’t do you any good if you’re too lazy to cleanse. Good skin care requires commitment. You need to cleanse at least twice a day: when you wake up, and before you sleep. However, as soon as you sweat, you also need to cleanse again.
So for example, if in the middle of the day, you hit the gym for an hour, you need to immediately cleanse your face afterward, as much as possible.
Do not let your skin rest because this will result in sweat, dirt, and sebum clogging your pores. It is also important that you cleanse your face with warm water to open up the pores and rinse with lukewarm water too. At night, however, you may rinse with ice cold water to close the pores.
Never touch your face
This is perhaps the most important rule when it comes to acne care. It can be quite tempting to pop your pimples, especially those that contain pus but do not do it.
You might think that you are getting rid of the bacteria by popping them, when in fact you are actually spreading the infection and causing more pimples to develop. Furthermore, popping, pinching, or squeezing pimples will most likely result in acne scars.
In addition, unless you wash your hands thoroughly several times during the day, chances are your hands are not clean, and touching your face can cause further irritation or infection.
Do not smoke
If you are currently smoking, now is a good time to quit. There is a skin condition known as “smoker’s acne” wherein the body is unable to respond to a skin inflammation to treat it as fast as it normally would if the person wasn’t a smoker.
Furthermore, it has been shown by studies that those who smoke, especially females aged 25 to 50, have four times higher chances of developing moderate acne after adolescence. For people with sensitive skin, the smoke from cigarettes can also irritate the skin.
If you want beautiful skin, you really need to quit smoking as it has been shown to cause premature skin aging and wrinkles too.
This is due to the production of free radicals that degrade the proteins in the skin and hinder the production of collagen. And that’s basically what a good skincare routine involves. The second aspect of getting rid of acne naturally, as mentioned earlier, is the use of certain herbal products and clean eating habits.
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