Every year, millions of people of all ages suffer from acne – reddened, unsightly, and often painful bumps and lesions on the skin. Acne can develop not only on the face, but also on the scalp, shoulders, buttocks, and back. There are many different types of acne, but following these guidelines should put you on the road to clearer skin.
If you are suffering from acne, make sure to limit your time in the sun. Sun exposure actually makes acne worse. The sun causes your skin to shed more than what’s normal and it will further clog your pores, which will make your acne worse. If you absolutely must go outside, make sure to wear a wide brimmed hat and sun screen.
To help reduce your acne, eat fewer dairy products and less red meat. These foods are difficult for the body to digest, and as a result limit the body’s ability to dispose of waste products efficiently. Excess waste is then released through the skin, causing acne. A mild intolerance to dairy can also lead to acne.
Lemon juice can help to lighten red marks caused by acne. Use the juice of a fresh lemon, applied to a cotton swab, directly on the mark. You can dilute the juice with water or honey if desired. Doing so helps to dry your pimples and reduce redness.
If you exfoliate as part of your skin care regime, focus on spending time, not exerting force. That is, avoid scrubbing your face hard in order to achieve the amount of exfoliation you desire. Instead, exfoliate for a little longer, which will prevent you from doing damage to your skin, and will promote the healthy, smooth, glowing skin you want.
To keep acne to a minimum, it is best to keep your hands clean and to avoid touching or scratching your face. Dirty hands can create black heads filled with dirt and white heads filled with pus. Dirt, not only comes from your hands, but from linen, as well. Make sure to wash your bed sheets and pillow cases regularly. If you consciously think about how many hours your face is in contact with the pillow, you won’t forget to clean the pillowcases!
If you are in your teens, you must understand that acne is a natural bodily response to your hormonal changes. If you do not understand this, you will stress over your looks, which can cause your face to breakout even worse. If you are young, you have to be patient with your skin and take good care of it.
Avoid touching your face as much as possible to avoid breakouts. If you find yourself sitting with your chin in your hand or on your cheek, tell yourself to stop. When you touch your face a lot you are transferring bacteria and oils which will add to your acne problems.
So whether you are 15 or 50, there’s a good chance that you are having to contend with the discomfort and embarrassment that comes from moderate to severe acne. Try these useful and proven tips for eliminating acne, and do not be discouraged by your past problems with this skin condition.