Whew, it’s been a while since a posted anything! So here’s an article I wrote a while ago with some tips for controlling acne.
A few simple tips for clearing up mild acne
I suffered from pretty bad acne as a teenager. It started when I was 12 and didn’t let up until I was 16 or 17. I even went to the dermatologist for special medicated soap and lotion. Acne is largely hormonal, which is why I think that what ultimately helped me was going on birth control.
I still get zits now and then, but it’s not nearly as bad as it used to be. These tips are for those whose acne is mild enough that it can be controlled with home remedies. If these remedies do not work, I suggest seeing a doctor to get your acne under control. Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and these tips come from my personal experiences.
1. Stay Clean.
We all know that keeping your face clean is paramount to controlling mild acne. But did you know that your hair and bedding can also flare up your acne? Especially if you have overly oily hair and skin like I do, keeping your hair and pillow cases clean is of utmost importance. Wash your pillowcases weekly and your hair a minimum of once every other day.
What you wash your face with is a matter of personal preference. If you only get the occasional zit, warm water may be enough. Warm water is good at dissolving oil. Do not wash with cold water, because cold water closes the pores which can cause acne. If you break out a little more often, you may want to try an apricot scrub or a medicated soap that will clean pores and kill bacteria. Whatever product you choose, only use your fingers or a soft cloth to scrub your skin because irritation can cause acne.
2. Stay Moisturized
Many acne treatments center on drying the crap out of your skin, and moisturizing may seem counter intuitive. But if your skin senses that it is overly dried out, it will produce more oil which can clog pores. Find a moisturizer that’s noncomedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores. Moisturize after washing your face. Be sure to wash your hands before you touch your face. If you use makeup, choose noncomedogenic makeup.
3. Stay Hydrated
I’m not sure of the relation to acne per se, but staying hydrated is important for healthy skin and health in general. Even if drinking a lot of water doesn’t clear up your acne, it certainly won’t hurt!
4. Eat a Healthy Diet
There’s a lot of conflicting information out there about whether or not diet is related to acne. Some people will tell you that chocolate causes acne, while others will tell you that diet has no effect on acne. I’m of the belief that everyone is different and certain foods may make certain people break out while not affecting others at all. All the same, it certainly doesn’t hurt to eat a healthy diet, and if you know certain foods cause your skin to break out, don’t eat them!
Controlling your acne can seem daunting or impossible, but with a little trial and error and a lot of research, you will find what works for you. Ultimately for me, going on hormonal birth control cleared up my acne (mostly). Now I only get zits if I don’t wash my face. If your acne is severe, you may not be able to get rid of it on your own and may need to see a doctor.
For more acne tips and facts, check out http://www.acne.org/.