Sunday, August 11, 2013

BEDA Day 11: Tips and Tricks for Fighting Acne

Welcome to Day 11 of BEDA!

I did a post on teens and twenties skin care and while writing the post I thought I would write a post on Acne and how to fight those spots. I have learned so many tips in my 25 years of life with a lot of them being spot filled. I hope that these tips will help any of you that are struggling with spots now. It takes years to get used to your skin type and all these tips may not work for you but some may so definitely try some of these out. The best way to figure out what works for you is with trial and error. You never know what could be a miracle saviour unless you try it yourself.

1) Use a Gentle Cleanser: If you are going through a breakout period, stop using your harsh cleansers and switch to something gentle that gets the job done without irritating your skin further. Some tried and tested options are the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, Neutrogena Ultra Gentle, or the Clean and Clear Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin. Using cleansers that are specifically labeled "sensitive" or "gentle" really help with irritation that can be causing you to breakout out of the blue.

2) Stick to Your Routine: Your products cannot do their job if you are not strict with your regimen. Don't sleep with makeup on. Keep your face clean and make sure you use your products every single night.

3) Pay Close Attention to Your Forehead: If you are suffering breakouts on your forehead area, especially close to your hairline, you may not be rinsing your cleanser properly. Many people don't wash their cleanser off properly, especially near the hairline so pay close attention to that area. A good tip is to take a cotton pad and use your toner to make sure that area is cleaned off.

4) Use Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid: There are lots of great spot treatments out there that you can apply to help dry out pimples. Clean and Clear Persa-gel 5 or 10 is a great option that is available over the counter at the drugstore. Be careful when using these because they do tend to dry out your skin so don't use them all the time but rather only for spots that pop up once in a while.

5) Use a Clay Mask: Clay masks are notorious for drawing out impurities in the skin. They can really help with the healing process of pimples. Use your favourite one once or twice a week.

5) Use Some Asprin: Crush up a pill of Asprin and add a bit of water to make a paste and apply it to you spots. Rinse it off in the morning and you should notice a difference. This trick works especially well for reddened acne.

6) Use a Face Scrub: If your skin is full of dead cells there is a barrier created which means your products cannot penetrate into your pores and work effectively so make sure you slough off your dead skin cells two to three times a week depending on your skin type. Tip: it is better to use scrubs at night than in the morning because in the morning your skin does not need something too abrasive as it was just cleansed the night before.

7) Use a Honey Mask: Most of you have honey in your home. Apply it all over your face like you would a mask and leave it on for thirty minutes before you rinse it off. This should help with swelling and eventually reduces the size of spots.

8) Eat Some Strawberries: Strawberries contain salicylic acid so it is a natural alternative to products containing it. Try to eat some more for clearer skin.

9) Drink More Water: This is a classic one but it is really true. Try quitting other drinks and drinking at least 8 glasses of water every single day. Do this for a week and notice the difference in your skin.

10) Don't Touch Your Face: Throughout the day you touch many things with bacteria and germs so don't touch your face because you don't want that stuff on your face.

11) Wash Your Hands Before You Cleanse: Lots of people forget this because they think the cleanser is like a soap but if your hands are not clean it will just contaminate the cleanser and end up on your skin anyways.

12) Use Rose Hip Oil for Scarring: I have done a post on the benefits of rose hip oil so check that out but basically it really helps to reduce scarring from acne. Don't use rose hip oil on active breakouts because it can irritate it.

I hope these tips will help you in your skin care endeavours.

Stay Happy!

- Cate W.

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