It can’t be overstated: stubborn acne is one of the common problems that women have to deal with.
Whether acne started showing up in your teen years or they’re still flaring up in your thirties, forties or fifties, you’re always struggling to find simple yet effective ways to get stubborn acne under control.
While you can treat mild forms of acne using various products available at a drugstore or cosmetic counter that don’t require a prescription, acne-prone skin or severe form of acne is much more difficult to get rid of, and it’s better to seek treatment options from a physician or doctor.
Without using contemporary and expensive skin-care products, however, you can follow simple daily routines that can help treat severe acne or keep them at bay not forgetting their damage to your skin.
Follow these simple yet effective ways to get stubborn acne under control, and you’ll realize how your skin changes from acne ridden to smooth, glowing and healthy.
Cleanse your skin gently every day
Thankfully, you can do a lot about whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, nodules or cysts by incorporating a cleanser in your skin care routine.
But, before we can jump into the nitty-gritty of how cleansers can help you manage and treat acne, it’s advisable to choose a cleanser specially formulated for acne and your skin type. If you just buy random cleansers, you’ll be doing more harm than good to your skin. So, ask a skin specialist to recommend a cleanser that’s not only formulated for acne but also one that right for your skin type.
Cleansers are important and sensitive skin care products that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, which help to remove acne sores.
A thorough and gentle cleansing is the best way to go. By using the right cleanser, you liberate your skin from bacteria that shelter into the clogged hair follicles causing breakouts. Moreover, thorough and gentle cleansing enhances the absorption of acne medication by removing dead cells on the surface of your skin.
It’s good to note that, while cleansing is imperative, it must be done in moderation – once or twice a day is acceptable.
Over-cleansing, especially when you’re using strong cleansers is discouraged because it irritates and strips your skin of its natural oils, which can promote flaring-up of the existing acne or cause them to be more infected.
Keep your skin clean and clear all the time
What skin-care products do you apply after cleansing? Do you use ordinary or non-comedogenic products?
First, unlike everyday products, non-comedogenic skin products do not clog or block the pores of your skin. They contain powerful ingredients that help reduce the occurrence of acne by breaking down the excess oils on your skin without leaving it super dry. Also, the ingredients remove any dead skin cells from the surface of the skin that could further clog your pores.
So, if you suffer from acne, you can keep your skin clean and clear at all times by using oil-free skin care products right from moisturizers to make-ups and from lotions to sunscreens.
Apart from using non-clogging products, beware of hair products or gels as they tend to be oily. When shopping, only choose products labeled as oil-free.
Stop Popping and Picking
When you start breaking out, popping and picking seem like the best thing to do and super satisfying.
Nonetheless, it’s not because dealing with the residual effects like redness and scars isn’t so pleasant.
By popping and picking your skin, you’re actually spreading the puss out at the bottom and without noticing creating more inflammation and irritation to your skin. Also, you’re prolonging the healing process and raising the risk of scarring. The result is always the bothersome and embarrassing marks and scars.
If you’re picker, it’s given that you want to know how to stop the compulsive act.
One of the basic things you must stop doing is touching and feeling your skin whenever you get a spot. Frequently touching acne-ridden skin is much worse because you’re transferring dirt from your hands to the skin, which in turn blocks your pores as well provides a conducive environment for bacteria to thrive.
While it’s not easy to refrain from touching, picking and popping your skin, the last thing you want is a blemish or reddish skin. So, fight the urge or keep your hands busy doing something else.
Treating or getting stubborn acne under control requires a lot more effort and patience. It all starts with learning the cause of your acne and how to stop it. After finding the underlying problem, you can consult a dermatologist who will recommend not only an effective acne treatment product but also one that’s right for your skin type.
Remember, the right and effective acne treatment is one that not only removes acne from your skin but stops it from recurring as well.
If you use these simple yet effective ways to get stubborn acne under control, your skin will repay you kindly. But even then, I can’t stress the importance of sticking to a healthy diet and keeping up with your newly adopted skin care routine. In the long run, you’ll realize how your skin has tremendously changed from dry acne-ridden to healthy smooth and glowing.