The moment someone tells me that they are having trouble finding the right anti acne product for their face, I can’t help but recommend all the various skin care products and all the things I did to make my face feel better. If you clicked on this article, then you probably want to know more about things that will help you with acne. Don’t worry, I got you.
We all know what acne is. It happens when your hair follicles decide to become plugged with oil and dead skin cells and in return we get the annoying pimples, cysts and nodules. As if this isn’t enough, these things usually happen during the best time of our lives, from the age of 11 to 30. Acne, we have a lot in our minds right now, so you should probably back off, will you?
I was one of these people who suffered from acne for years. And when I mean suffer, I mean it literally! I cannot describe the pain that I felt when I thought about ripping my skin once and for all. What was all that itching about, though? My confidence went from 100 to zero real quick. I couldn’t talk to anyone with my bare face. I turned to makeup and tried to hide my pimples and acne scars under a thick layer of foundation. But makeup is not always the answer. Neither are Snapchat filters, my friend.
Acne vulgaris is a very common skin condition. In 2016, the global prevalence of this disease was about 681.2 million. That’s a lot of acne! Here are some dos and don’ts when you are battling with acne:
DO – Build A Face Routine
You are probably sick and tired when you hear people asking you whether or not you wash your face. But let me tell you, if you are not doing it the right way, maybe that is the reason why your pores are getting clogged.
Look for a face wash that has these ingredients: salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and glycolic acid. I, myself, am a very big fan of benzoyl peroxide. This substance is God sent and it will help you eliminate your pimples within a week. It is also present in many other face creams and works by drying out your active pimples and preventing new ones. It also kills the bacteria that cause acne.
When you have found the right face wash, then it is time to choose a toner. Toners are designed to remove the excess oil from your skin. But be careful from alcohol; even if you have oily skin, alcohol as an ingredient in face products might irritate and dry-out your skin, causing it to break out.
After applying your toner, it is time to moisturize your face. Go for moisturizers that are non-comedogenic and oil free. This means that they won’t clog your pores. Moisturizing the face will help your other anti-acne products work better. Don’t skip this step even if you have oily skin, because acne medications will dry out your skin no matter what.
When you have applied your moisturizer, it is time to apply the most important product of your skin care routine: acne spot treatment. There are a lot of over the counter anti acne products that you can buy. Like I mentioned earlier, benzoyl peroxide is on the top of my acne medication list. But if this doesn’t work for you, try finding products that contain: sulfur, resorcinol, alpha hydroxyl acids and salicylic acid. I also found it beneficial using a serum with Niacinamide and Zinc, because it has helped me reduce the inflammation. Before finding the right product for your face, you have to experiment a little with what works and what doesn’t.
DO – Use SPF
I cannot emphasize it enough how important it is to use SPF. Not only when you are at the beach, but every time that you come out of your house. A lot of your acne medications will make your skin sensitive to sun, that is why you should NEVER skip this step. SPF doesn’t only protect you from getting wrinkles when you are older, but it also prevents the hyper pigmentation of your acne scars. And we don’t want any of these, do we?
DO – The Right Make-up
If you love make-up and you are like me and you are trying to hide your pimples from the world, then choose make-up that is non-comedogenic and oil free. This way your acne treatment won’t go to waste.
And girl, I see you leaving that makeup on for too long. No matter how tired you are, for the sake of your skin, please, please remove it properly.
DO – Reduce Stress
Stop worrying about things you cannot control. Stress is a major factor that causes your skin to break out.
DON’T – Touch Your Face
My mom always told me to not touch my face and she was right. I couldn’t stop popping those pimples and I would infect my face even more than it was before. Even if you think you can pop that pimple in the best way possible, you are probably wrong. So if you want to pop your pimples, it is better to leave it to the professionals. But you and I both know that it is impossible to leave our faces alone, so if you must pop that pimple, clean your hands properly and use a tissue. Then immediately apply acne medication on it.
DON’T – Eat Food That Is High On Refined Sugars Or Carbohydrates
I know this part is hard, but it is totally worth it once you see the results of eating a proper diet. So let’s get healthy, okay?
DON’T – Drink Sugary Beverages
Sodas don’t have anything better to do than to cause pimples. They are tasty, I accept that. But your skin will thank you when you substitute those sodas with water. I know my skin has!
DON’T – Give Up
Having acne is a long journey. But don’t worry, you are not alone! Don’t give up trying to get the perfect skin that you deserve.
Now it is up to you, whether or not to take my advice. Get up and start doing something about it.
If you continue having symptoms and you are really tired of not finding anything that works for you, it is probably time to seek professional medical advice. A dermatologist will help you decide what the best acne medication for you is, whether it is an antibiotic, isotretinoin or something else.
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