Acne can be frustrating to deal with. It does not matter what age you are when it strikes, the embarrassment of dealing with this skin condition can be debilitating and, at times, depressing. However, there are ways to both lessen the severity of acne and to control it on a regular basis and this article will discuss these.
Keep yourself hydrated to help with acne breakouts. Try to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to maintain clear skin. Water flushes out the toxins in your body, which also includes your skin. Not only will your skin be free from acne-causing toxins, but it will be able to retain the correct amount of moisture, to give it a healthier glow.
Add some healthy nuts to your diet to combat acne breakouts. Healthier nut options, such as almonds and Brazil nuts, contain essential oils and fatty acids that help your skin. You can also get the mineral, Selenium, from them which can help with repair and prevention. In fact, many cases of acne are caused by a Selenium deficiency.
Never touch your face, or pick at a pimple. In general, keep your hands away from your face as much as possible. Popping and picking at acne, can lead to damaging and permanent scars. Use clean wash cloths or sterile cotton balls, instead of your fingers, when applying cleanser.
Gentle cleansing is the key to fighting acne problems. Many products and treatments intended to combat acne infections, rely on relatively harsh abrasives and hard scrubbing. These things do nothing to help resolve an acne outbreak and can even worsen it. These harsh treatments damage skin and make the surrounding, healthy skin susceptible to the spread of acne.
To reduce the redness that often comes with acne-irritated skin, stay cool. When your body overheats, it gets rid of the extra warmth by sending heat into your capillaries, where the heat can escape through your skin. Unfortunately, this creates a flushed look that can emphasize already-reddened pimples or broken capillaries. Have a cool drink, turn on the fan and avoid steam rooms and sunburns if you want to keep redness at bay.
Try not to squeeze or pop your pimples to make them heal. Instead of risking redness, swelling and even scarring try rubbing a slice of potato (peeled) over your freshly washed skin. Do not rub hard, a gentle touch is all you need to use the healing property of the potato!
If you are using acne fighting topical products, make sure to use a good moisturizer as well. The ingredients that help to fight acne can also be extremely drying on your skin. If you suffer from oily skin, try using a gel based moisturizer and if you have dry skin use one that is cream or lotion based.
When acne strikes remember that it is not uncommon and that millions worldwide are afflicted with the same problem as you. There is no need to let it rob you of your dignity or to let it rule your life. Simply hold your head up high, treat the condition as best you can, and get on with enjoying living.