Acne is a skin condition which affects more than the skin. Although it affects other areas of the body besides the face, it is usually concentrated there. It usually starts in the early teen years at a time when young people are the most vulnerable to image issues.
Prevent acne and dull skin by washing your face each night before you go to bed. Use a gentle cleanser to remove dirt, oil and makeup before turning in for the night. This allows your skin to breathe, repairing itself and healing damage so that when you wake up it will look refreshed and revitalized.
To reduce the amount of acne on your face one can avoid touching their face with their hands. Touching your face can transfer oils from your hands onto your face. Once this oil is on the face it can clog pores and cause more acne to develop on the individuals face.
If you have problems with pimples, try using a honey mask one to two times per week. The natural antibacterial properties of honey can kill bacteria, which helps prevent infection as well as giving your immune system less work to do, so it can clear up your acne faster. Honey is also thought to contain nutrients that are essential for healing, and it may even reduce pain.
Just like with bleaching your hair in the sun, putting lemon juice on your skin can lighten the redness associated with acne, and help to lighten the old scars left behind as well. Just dab some on your breakouts with a cotton swab. Be careful that you don’t overdue it as some people say that it can sting and burn a bit.
If your skin is very sensitive or acne-prone, you may want to use hard-pressed Q-tips or cotton swabs to apply facial creams or medication. This prevents bacterial contamination from your fingers, and the firmly packed cotton at each end of the swab will not leave a cottony residue on your face.
To avoid making your skin even more oily, avoid washing your face too many times a day in your pursuit to rid your skin of acne. Washing your face too often can lead to even oilier skin, which will of course worsen your acne instead of improving it. Wash your face once in the morning and once before bed.
If you have tried every over-the-counter treatment for your acne to no avail, seeking professional help may be in order. A doctor or dermatologist can not only help you to discover what might be causing your problem but they can prescribe stronger antibiotics and other remedies that will give you the results you need. Having acne is not unusual nor does it mean there is anything wrong with you; ask for help if you need it.
Skin problems such as acne in the teen years causes many young people to develop a poor self image. There are medications which can help, but they usually do not completely cure the condition. Most of the time it is just a matter of age, and time will take care of it.