Get Rid of Acne With 5 Easy Steps
Acne sucks. I think most people would tend to agree with that statement. This being said, generally everyone will get a form of acne at some point during their lives. The more someone knows about treating acne, the better off they will be. Here are a few steps to take for those battling acne who need some help.
Have you visited a dermatologist before for problems related to your acne?
Step 1: See a Dermatologist
I cannot stress this one enough. I spent years trying to deal with acne myself. I used over-the-counter products and internet advice. Some products were decent, but most of them contained benzoyl peroxide and silicic acid. These worked alright, and many dermatologists will probably try prescribing these at first if you haven't tried them out, but after further research I found that these products can be harmful to your skin in the long run and possibly even make scarring worse! A lot of it completely depends on the person and the length of use, but the longer I used these treatments the less they were working for me. Furthermore, I opted to try Proactive. Proactive worked for a little while, but not for very long. Plus, most of the Proactive products contain chemicals known as parabens. Currently, studies have not shown a direct link between parabens and certain types of cancers. However, there are indirect links that have been found between cancer and long-term use of paraben-containing products. Take note that parabens are widely used in many different shampoos, deodorants, cosmetics, and other related products, so be cautious and double-check labels. As far as the internet advice, some of it was beneficial, and other types were very, very, VERY wrong.
I was extremely stubborn every time my mom insisted I go to a dermatologist. I did not want be on a medication. After quite a long time, my persistent mother finally got through to me. I went to the dermatologist and I am so glad that I did. He prescribed me minocycline (an antibiotic that helps fight bacterial infections like acne), a few face application medications, and a special face wash. He also gave me many helpful tips that have been very useful.
Step 2: Don't Touch Your Face
This step seems pretty self-explanatory, but as you go throughout the day you will catch yourself touching your face more often than you had previously realized. Your skin produces many oils. When you touch your face you are potentially clogging your pores by spreading the oils on your face and the oils from your hands into your pores.
Another key factor to keep in mind is not to touch the zits. It is very tempting to pop them, but this leads to scarring and the spread of more acne.
Lastly, for some, using lotion on the face can clog the pores. If you have a lotion that you have tried and trust, continue its use. However, those with bad acne should try reducing or eliminating the use of lotion on the face if possible.
Step 3: Wash Your Face
Make sure that you wash your face at least once a day. I prefer to wash my face twice a day; once in the morning and once at night, but this completely depends on what works best for you. Do not use hot water! Hot water can be bad for the skin and dries it out quicker. Many acne medications may dry out your face, so make sure that you are not making it worse by using hot water. Instead, use lukewarm water to wash.
Rather than using regular bath soap try purchasing a face wash made specifically for acne problems! Just make sure you check out the ingredients and pick the one you think is the best value for your money. You can also get a dermatologist recommended face wash, which is what I would recommend.
Step 4: Get Enough Sleep
Make sure that you are getting enough sleep. People who are sleep deprived tend to have worse cases of acne. Another point to consider is that when you are tired it is much less likely for you to want to spend the time and energy taking care of your face when you could be catching extra sleep or finishing another task that needs to be done.
Step 5: Change Your Pillow Cases
Pillow cases can build up with dirt and oil. The last thing you want to be doing is be rolling your face around on them and clogging up all of your pores. Try to change your pillow cases every 2-3 days. If this is not an option for you, at least change them every week.
A Thought to Keep in Mind
*Recent studies have shown that there may be a connection between acne and the consumption of dairy products. Although over the years the myth that what you eat has an effect on acne was thought to have been disproven, these recent studies may suggest otherwise. The theory stems from the fact that milk from a cow has natural hormones in it that are produced by the cow. These hormones enter your body and may cause increased acne (hormones are the main cause of acne in the first place!). Try limiting your dairy intake for the next few weeks and possibly even switching over to a dairy milk substitute such as almond milk. See if you notice a difference! Remember, this change won't happen in days, but it is thought to help after a few weeks/months.