Do you feel you’ve tried just about everything to get rid of your acne but still see blemishes? Don’t despair. To have a clearer skin, you probably just need to make some changes in the right direction.
The following tips can help you get started:
- Leave it alone: Avoid popping, picking at, or touching your pimple. Popping may seem like the quickest way to get rid of a pimple, but it can cause scarring. In addition, touching your pimple can transfer oil from your hands to your face and this doesn’t give the pimple a chance to heal.
- Give an acne treatment at least four weeks to work: Using a new acne product after a few days may seem useful, but that approach can worsen acne. Acne treatment needs time to work. Using a different product every few days can also irritate your skin, causing new breakouts. If a treatment works for you, you should notice some improvement in 4 to 6 weeks. It can take two to three months or longer to see clearing.
- Follow directions: While using an acne treatment can seem pretty straightforward, how much you use and how often you use it can make a huge difference so be sure to follow the directions. If a dermatologist created your treatment plan, follow the instructions and use everything your dermatologist included in the treatment plan.
- Wash your face regularly: Washing your face twice per day, especially when it gets sweaty, can keep oil from building up and clogging your pores. However, you should be careful: Washing more than that can irritate sensitive skin and make pimples worse. For best results, dermatologists recommend washing your face when you wake up, when you’re ready to go to bed and when you have a sweaty face.
- Warm compress: A warm compress can help your pimple open, so it can release pus and start to heal. It’s especially effective for pimples under your skin. You can do this by soaking a washcloth in warm water, and applying it to the pimple for 10 to 15 minutes. You can do this several times a day until the pimple is gone.
- OTC creams, ointments, and medication: You can use OTC treatments on your whole face, not just the pimple itself. This helps to stop new pimples from forming. Be sure to follow the treatment directions exactly and give it at least four weeks to work. Many pimple treatments dry your skin, so don’t panic if you experience this . Common types of OTC pimple treatments include:
Retinoids: This ingredient is made from vitamin A and comes in creams, gels, or lotions. It is advisable to not apply these products every day at first to give your skin time to adjust.
Salicylic acid & Benzoyl peroxide: This fights bacteria that can cause pimples. You can also get this in prescription form.
7. Use skin care products and cosmetics that don’t cause acne: On the package of these products, you may see one of the following: won’t clog pores, non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic, Oil free, etc. This is because some skin care products without these characteristics may still cause acne in a few people.
8. Wash your pillowcases, hats, and other things that touch your acne-prone skin: Dead skin cells, bacteria, and dirt will build up on these surfaces and they can clog your pores. Washing what touches your acne-prone skin can prevent this. You can change your bed spread every week and your pillowcase two or three times a week. You should also have a towel for your face, different from what you use for your body.
9. Enlist a dermatologist’s help: If you still have acne after trying these tips—or you have acne cysts or nodules (deep blemishes that leave scars when they clear)— it might help to contact a dermatologist.
10. Don’t lose your self esteem: You should never be ashamed or insecure about your acne. It is completely natural and you are stunning with or without it. Acne doesn’t make you ugly. You are beautiful. Don’t let anything or anyone make you feel otherwise because acne doesn’t reduce your self worth in anyway. Affirm that to yourself always. Don’t lose your self esteem while dealing with acne. It’s not worth it.
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