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Best Remedies for Breakouts - The Ultimate Guide to Clear Skin

Updated on February 1, 2018

Best Acne Breakout Remedies

Salacylic Acid. Harsh cleansers are only bad if you just have a few pimples and don't really have a lot of breakouts, but if you have cystic acne, it's another story. Cystic acne is the worse type of acne and is considered the worst type of acne. This means you will need something strong to fight it off and salacylic acid works great for some people. You will need to apply a regular moisturizer about 2 to 3 minutes after you apply it. Oxi-clean cleansing pads with active ingredient salacylic acid typically work the best for cystic acne sufferers but a hypoallergenic oil free moisturizer is needed.

Exfoliate. I use baking soda to exfoliate because it really does a tremendous job in getting into your pores and removing everything. I think everyone has different skin and it depends on what works best for you. Some people like the cleansers with micro-beads that get into your pores and removing all dirt, oil and bacteria.

Olive oil. Not only does Olive oil work as a natural anti-inflammatory, it also helps to heal the skin. If you have acne prone skin, olive oil should help reduce the number of breakouts you get.

Lemon Juice. Lemon juice heals the skin while exfoliating and reducing inflammation, there's not much lemon juice doesn't help related to your skin and breakouts.

Cucumber Juice. Cucumbers have skin healing vitamins, like vitamin Eand when used topically, it can help to reduce the number of breakouts you have and when used consistently, it can improve your skins complexion and clear your acne.

Rose water. Roses have tremendous healing abilities and it really improves your skin and overall complexion. To make this remedy, mix 6 to 8 roses in a cup of water until mixture turns red, you then dab on skin with a cotton ball and let sit for about ten minutes before washing.

Tea tree oil. This stuff is amazing, it not only helps with acne, but many other skin conditions and rashes. Tea tree oil is used topically in small amounts daily over a period of weeks and you will start to notice a difference in your overall complexion and decrease in skin problems like breakouts, you may even notice a pretty dramatic reduction in wrinkles.

Peanut oil. Only use this stuff topically and never leave on skin for more than ten minutes at a time. apply a thin layer on skin and wait for about ten minutes and rinse with very hot water (the hotter you can stand it the better) and then quickly turn off the hot water and turn on the cold water (the colder the better, if possible use ice water) and wash face then pat dry with towel.


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Quick Spot Zit Remedies that Work Overnight

Aspirin. Crush a single aspirin into a teaspoon and add about three or four drops of water and wait for it to dissolve. You then apply the aspirin with a cotton ball. It's ok if you use more than one aspirin but you will need to leave it on overnight and I would use a outter layer of honey and toothpaste just to make it stick all night, this would be a sure fire way to get rid of the zit over-night.

Vinegar. Not only is apple cider vinegar an astringent which helps dry up excess oil, it also kills bacteria and balances the pH balance of your skin. It really is one of the best acne remedies, but you only need a teaspoon full per day.

Toothpaste. Dab a small amount of toothpaste on the affected area and let it sit overnight, The toothpaste will kill the bacteria and dry out the breakout. Making your zit much harder to notice in just a few hours but for best results, leave on overnight. The different combination of breakout fighting ingredients in toothpaste makes it a great overnight remedy but you only want to use a small amount because it can make the breakout worse if you use more than a "tear drop." of it.

Benzoyl Peroxide. For this method, I would only use on overnight remedies because it can make acne worse if you use it as a regular ingredient in your cleansers for your entire face, but it's great on overnight zit removal situations. Make sure you wash your face before you apply a small amount of benzoyl peroxide (which comes in a tube) onto the zit. You let it sit the entire night. I would only use this method with the worst possible breakouts and even then do not use more than a very thin layer over the zit. it only takes a "tear drop" of this stuff to remove the biggest breakouts over-night so don't try to use a lot.

Mix it up. Try a "tear drop" of each of the four remedies above and mix it into a bottle cap and stir. You then apply with a cotton ball to the affected area and let it stand on skin overnight you then wake up and apply regular cleansers and concealers if necessary.

Acne Diet that clears breakouts and foods used topically make remedies

Yogurt topically. Apply yogurt topically once a day and let sit on the skin for about ten minutes before rinsing to get the best results.

Honey. Topically honey is one of the best acne treatments you can use, but unlike conventional thought around the forums and discussion boards, many people believe that eating honey is just as good for your skin as using it topically and this is only true for people who don't get regular breakouts. Even if you only get a zit every now and then, the excess amounts of sugar in honey will only lead to excessive sebum production and an extreme case of blackheads or zits.

Green Tea. Not only is green tea good for your overall health and kidneys, it rids your body of harmful toxins which lead to breakouts. It also flushes your kidneys and heals them, making it easier to absorb vitamins.

Foods with Vitamin E. Almonds, spinach, turnip greens, hazelnuts, plant oils, raw seeds, Swiss chard, strawberries, blueberries and avocados, among many more.

Cinnamon. Used topically, cinnamon is actually one of the better acne treatments when used with honey or milk so the cinnamon would get absorbed and stay on the skin. Always use this remedy for 20 minutes at the very most, usually 10 minutes is the best.

Less sugar. Sugar causes an increase in a skin produced oil called sebum, which clogs pores and causes acne.

Milk applied topically. Many people are aware that dairy products help cause or worsen acne. The opposite happens when you apply it topically though.

Causes of Acne

Hormones. Hormones related to puberty, menapause and others can potentially cause acne and knowing this can help you better prepare. If you want to clear up your acne, you need to know whats causing it.

Popping Pimples. Not only does popping pimples spread bacteria across your skin likely causing another breakout, but it also enlarges the pore or group of pores associated with that breakout, making it larger and more likely to accumulate debris and bacteria.

Lack of sleep. Sleep can affect your hormones and stress levels, which can lead to acne, so it's important to get at least 8 hours of sleep at night because at very least lack of sleep will age your skin, even if you aren't prone to acne.

Skin Products. Certain skin products can actually make your acne breakouts worse. These products are typically not oil free and aren't hypoallergenic. Some cleansers have benzoyl peroxide, which is too harsh of a cleanser in my opinion. You just have to pay closer attention to what you use on your skin and make sure you experiment until you find a combination of skin care products worth keeping.

Kidney Problems. The kidneys are as closely related to the skin as any other organ because they deal with vitamin absorbtion, which has a lot to do with skins overall health and certain vitamin deficiencies can lead to breakouts like, betacarotene, magnesium, omega 3 fatty acids, zinc and even vitamin D have all been found to affect your skin enough to potentially cause acne. This means it's important to have healthy kidneys if you want to have healthy skin.

Smoking tobacco. You may not realize it, but you are putting hundreds if not thousands of chemicals into your body when you smoke a cigarette and having the bad kidneys to go with it, which can contribute to or cause adult acne.

Myths About Acne

There's a cure. There is currently no known cure for Acne.

Dairy Causes Acne. It's been proven by Dermatologists that Dairy doesn't cause it but it does worsen Acne if you have acne prone skin.

Blackheads are dirt. Actually blackheads are a combination of mainly bacteria and oil it's just the color that separates blackheads from a regular pimple.

Chocolate causes Acne. Wrong. The sugar in chocolate causes an increase in sebum production, which causes pores to clog and acne to follow.

Pimples are the same as a rash. A skin Rash like Rosacea which is very similar to acne is often mistaken for acne. Rosacea often comes with multiple even sized bumps that can be puss filled but are often very close to the skin and it also causes redness or flushing of the skin. When you have Rosacea you will know it because there will be unnecessary redness all around the bumps and it will look like one large blotch of red on the skin, but there are many skin allergies and rashes that can be mistaken for acne.


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