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How to get rid of Acne fast !

Updated on February 16, 2014

If you’re an acne sufferer chances are you’ve looked everywhere, read every magazine intently & clicked on every advertisement that you’ve come across that promises a cure for this irritating & self-esteem reducing skin condition that we’ve all come to hate!

The good news is that almost every acne problem has a solution out there; the bad news is that everyone’s skin is different & at times it takes different treatments to solve this problem. But despair not for in this HUB we’re going to talk about how to get rid of acne fast !

Before talking about acne treatments it is crucial that we talk about the causes of acne. Experts tells us that the causes of acne might be hormonal or they might be hereditary but whichever is the case what happens is that your skin starts producing more & more oil & before you know it your skin pores starts to get clogged which causes the follicle beneath to swell which in turn causes the acne pimple to form on the surface.

Understand this that acne treatments out there are primarily of two kinds : those that unclog the pores & remove the oil from inside & then there are those that try to prevent the production of excessive of oil by your skin.

Now there are countless Over the Counter products available to you that you can use to treat your acne. But amongst literally thousands of different Over the Counter acne treatment products out there how do you choose? Well the answer lies in looking for the active ingredients in those products. Most Over the Counter products are going to work by either killing the bacteria that causes skin inflammation that led to the pores being clogged while others are going to remove the excess oil on your skin while others still would try to accelerate the rate at which your skin produces new skin cells & sheds away dead skin cells. When it comes to more severe acne most products do all of the above in an acne treatment combination that gets rid of Acne fast !

Amongst the most common active ingredients found in most Over the Counter & Prescription based products are the following:

Salicylic Acid

Is a colorless crystalline organic acid that is derived from the metabolism of salicin. Apart from its ability to ease aches & pains & reduce fevers, Salicylic Acid, is also a key product in many skin care products. It works by causing skin cells to shed more rapidly, opening clogged pores & eliminating the bacteria within, which allows for new cell growth. It may cause some mild stinging & irritation & at large doses might even cause burns.

Salicylic Acid Pads
Salicylic Acid Pads | Source

Benzoyl Peroxide

Is an organic compound that has been used as everything from bleaching hair & teeth to improving flour. In addition to that it is also used in treating acne. It treats acne by working as a peeling agent that increases skin turnover, clears pores & kills the acne causing bacteria. It is usually available in concentrations of 2.5%, 5% & 10% often combined with Salicylic Acid, Retinoids or Antibiotics for maximum effect. It may, however, cause dryness, irritation, itching & some redness. In higher concentrations it may cause severe irritation, swelling & even burns therefore its only sensible to test how well your skin reacts to the application of Benzoyl Peroxide by applying a small amount of the lowest concentration for a few weeks to gauge your skins reaction before increasing the amount or the concentration.

Benzoyl Peroxide may cause some people to become sensitive to sunlight so when you go out use a sunscreen just in case.

Another thing to remember is that Benzoyl Peroxide, being a bleaching agent, may bleach away the color of your hair or fabric if it comes into contact with them.

Benzoyl Peroxide
Benzoyl Peroxide | Source

Sulfur

Sulfur dries the skin & helps it shed quicker thus unclogging the blocked pores thereby removing the oil trapped inside. In addition to that Sulfur also kills acne causing bacteria.

A downside of Sulfur is that it may cause drying & some of the Sulfur based products have an unpleasant odor to them.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids

Alpha Hydroxy Acids or AHAs are a family of organic acids known for their use in the cosmetics industry for smoothing fine lines, improving skin texture, unblocking & cleansing pores & helping to reduce inflammation of the skin.

For acne treatment purposes they exfoliate the outer skin & help it shed quicker. At dermatologist recommend doses using AHAs shouldn’t cause anything more than mild irritation & dryness at worst but at higher doses skin discoloration, burning & blistering of the skin have been known to have occurred.

Tomato Pulp

Yes you read it correct ! Another Acne treatment that works is applying Tomato Pulp to your skin. A lot of acne treatment products are rich in Vitamins A, K & C all of which Tomatoes are packed with. The acidity of the tomatoes help dry up acne on your skin while the Vitamins help rejuvenate the skin.

Just slice open a tomato, mash it up into pulp & use it as a face mask. Leave it on for an hour before going to bed. After an hour has gone by wash away the pulp & moisturize with a mild moisturizer that suits your skin.

Tomato Slices
Tomato Slices | Source

Lemon Juice

Lemons are highly acidic but not high enough to be harmful for most skin types. The Vitamin C found in Lemons gives an added benefit in treating acne by rejuvenating the skin after the acid dries out the pimples & kills the bacteria therein.

Take a cotton swab, douse some Lemon Juice on it & then apply to the troubled spots.

Remember Lemon Juice may not be suitable for all skin types so skip this acne treatment if your skin is too sensitive.

Whole & Lemon Cuts
Whole & Lemon Cuts | Source

Oil Cleansing Method

The basic idea behind the Oil Cleansing Method is that ‘like dissolves like’. Many Over the Counter Products available out there would strip the skin of her Oil in treating acne. This radically different acne treatment has worked for many & it talks about treating clogged pores by using a mix of Oils likes grapeseed oil, olive oil & castor oil to unclog the pores & get rid of the trapped grime & oil inside by dissolving it.

What you do here is that you make a mixture that suits your skin (a 50:50 castor & grapeseed oil mixture seems to have worked for many people) & apply it generously to your face. You then take a warm wash cloth & leave it on to your face until it cools down, you repeat that a couple of times! The warmth causes your pores to expel out all the trapped oil inside. Wipe away the Oil completely & then apply a tonner of your choice should you wish to.

Now this method not only treats acne but improves the elasticity of your skin by moisturizing it.

Castor Oil
Castor Oil | Source

Remember !

Lastly remember that whereas all of the above acne treatments have worked for many people out there, your skin is your best judge in telling you whether something is going to work for you or not so listen to it.

Also it is always advisable to discuss the many acne treatments available to you with your dermatologist so that the best course of action may be chosen for your skin in treating acne.

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