Are you in your teens? And puberty hitting you like a truck? Is your face full of acne? Acne vulgaris is a prevalent problem in teenagers these days. It is a disease of hair follicles of the face, back, and chest, affecting almost every teenager. But with these simple ways, you can get rid of acne effectively.
These aren’t caused by bacteria, though bacteria play a very important role in its development. Acne appears on the skin as comedones also referred to as blackheads or whiteheads, tender red inflammatory lesions known as pimples or zits, and pus-filled pustules or cysts.
Why Do We Get Acne?
We have sebaceous glands in our skin that provide moisture and lubrication to the skin. Sometimes due to excess stress, hormones, excess secretion, or dead cells, their pores become clogged. Bacteria get entrapped within them and cause an inflammatory reaction, which makes them red and tender.
Due to this, our body sends white blood cells and macrophages to the site to fight them and cause healing. This process leads to scar formation. But your days are gone, as here are simple techniques used to get rid of acne effectively.
Ways To Get Rid Of Acne Effectively
1. Don’t Touch Your Acne Scars
It seems very tempting to pop your pimples but DO NOT DO IT. Yes, popping a pimple will not heal but only cause more pimples or acne scars. Popping them might push the bacteria and pus more deep into the skin, causing more tenderness and inflammation. Moreover, where the pus comes out on the skin, the bacteria spread to the surrounding area and might cause more pimples. It slows down the healing process, and more scars pop up in their place.
2. Home Remedies For Acne
Everyone prefers natural and easy home remedies for everything, but they do not always burn. Everyone would apply toothpaste, lemon, saliva, etc., to the skin. Some toothpaste consists of triclosan, an ingredient in anti-acne creams but toothpaste also consists of other ingredients that irritate the skin. Similarly, lemon also has acidic nature, irritating the skin, especially the already broken one.
Therefore, before trying out home remedies for acne, know your skin type and the content that natural ingredient has. You can use honey and tomatoes as a moisturizer. You can also use potatoes and lemon juice with honey on the healed area to get rid of acne scars as they are natural skin lightening agents.
3. Apply Warm/Cold Compress
Hot and cold compresses both have different functions. Heat causes the pimple to swell up more and thus causes the head to rise near the skin’s surface and allows sebum and bacteria to exit. In simple terms, it will fasten the natural process.
You can either use the hot compress or steam for the purpose. Whereas cold compress works oppositely, it will reduce the inflammation and redness over the skin and makes the pimple give a less horrible appearance. Cold compresses also reduce pain.
4. Use An Acne Spot Treatment
Wash off your makeup at night and use the correct night creams and moisturizer according to your skin type. You can use topical benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, retinoids, azelaic acid, topical antibiotics, isotretinoin, oral birth control pills, and laser treatments.
5. Wash Your Face Regularly
Your sebaceous glands stay active throughout the day. During a typical day, dirt and pollution get accumulated in your skin and might hasten pimple formation. It is only going to flare up the disease. So, try to wash your face regularly after coming back from outside or exercising especially.
6. Apply Light Makeup
Makeup is comedogenic, i.e., it will clog the pores on your skin and cause blackheads and whiteheads. Avoid makeup on your skin, and if necessary, choose mineral-based makeup products rather than oil-based formulations. Always remove your makeup whenever it is not required, and let your skin breathe air properly.
In A Nutshell…
- Wash your face every time you get back from outside.
- Cleanse properly.
- Apply sunscreen before going out.
- Use a moisturizer.
- Apply night cream (sulfur-containing).
- Go light on makeup.
To get rid of acne effectively requires a lot of patience. Wait for at least 2-3 months for any treatments to show the required results. Continue the treatment, and soon enough, you would be good to go.