Many people associate acne with tweens and teenagers, but the fact is that many adults also suffer from acne. If you feel like you should have outgrown acne long ago, but are still struggling to manage it, try following some of these tips. You will be on your way to clearer, more grown up skin in no time.
Nobody enjoys getting a blackhead. They look terrible and, sometimes, just plain hurt. Resist the urge to scratch or pick at them. Instead, use astringents and keep the area clean with facial soap and water. You can also mix 1 tsp of baking soda with water. Apply this to your blackheads.
Try a few dabs of lemon juice if oily skin and enlarged pores are the cause of your acne. Lightly apply to the oiliest areas of your face a few times per week. The lemon juice will help close up the pores and reduce the oil. Do not overuse, or it may dry your skin out too much.
A great alternative treatment for acne is the use of vinegar rubbed on the face with a cotton ball. This acidic compound can be used in place of a chemical toner. It will help re-balance the pH levels of your skin. Re-balancing your skin in this manner can clear up breakouts sometimes after just a single application.
Get more vitamin A daily to have clearer skin free of breakouts. The beta-kerotene (a.k.a vitamin A) found in vegetables like carrots helps make the skin able to protect itself better against anything that could cause acne like dirt, oil, and foreign germs. It also helps make the skin repair itself more quickly.
Try using lemons to combat acne breakouts. Some people find that lemon juice is very effective in getting rid of acne. If you have enlarged pores and oily skin, try applying lemon juice to the area. You should limit the use of lemon juice to only once or twice a week to avoid drying out your skin.
If you like natural cures, consider apple cider vinegar. Many acne sufferers swear by this technique. Make a toner out of the common kitchen ingredient, by mixing one half cider and one half water. Apply it to your face after your normal cleansing routine. As with any acid (which is what vinegar is) start with less and work your way up to more, so as not to dry out your skin.
Salicylic acid is commonly used to prevent and treat acne. One easy way of using salicylic acid is to crush an aspirin and make a facial mask. Applying the mask to your face on a weekly basis helps to dry up excess oil, clean the pores and treat acne blemishes.
As you can see, there are many methods for ridding your skin of embarrassing acne. Just because you’re an adult and still have acne doesn’t mean that you’re destined to have it forever. Try any or all of the tips mentioned in this article to get the clear, fresh-faced look you’ve been dreaming of.