Acne can be an issue for many people long after puberty is over. I occasionally struggle with it too and there’s nothing more frustrating than having a breakout just before a date, job interview, or even just a night out with friends who are addicted to selfies. You can cover up the worst pimple breakout with makeup and concealer, but that’s only a temporary solution that might make the problem worse. Even the treatment creams that promise to reduce spot size in a matter of hours are only drying out your skin and causing a whole other set of problems. Here are a few ways you can get your face cleaned once and for all.
Consult a dermatologist
If your acne has been a persistent problem for quite a while then your first step should be consulting an expert. A dermatologist might prescribe a series of medication, or they could direct you to a seriously strong cleansing treatment like Obagi skin care, which penetrates deep into the follicle to treat acne from its root. The treatments will depend on your skin type, and it may take a while to find a solution that works for you, but the research is more than worth the effort.
Whether you buy a plant, or you just use a gel form, aloe vera works wonders for your skin. Not only does it soothe bad sunburns, but it can reduce even the most stubborn acne. Aloe vera has antibacterial properties that help kill bacteria that cause acne, anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe irritated skin, and astringent properties that help heal scars. Plus, it moisturizes the skin and stimulates new skin cell growth. Several times a week, rub the gel onto your skin with a cotton ball, leave for a few minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water. It may take a few weeks to see results, but in the meantime your skin will certainly feel softer. For added hydration, I recommend using a serum before/after putting on aloe vera. I found a great post that explains more about it. Read it here.
Apple Cider Vinegar remedy
Apple cider vinegar kills off the bacteria that may be causing your acne by becoming alkaline, and balancing the pH of your skin, making it harder for bacteria to thrive. After washing and drying your face, apply a solution of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water to your face using a Q-tip. Leave on for at least 10 minutes, or overnight, then wash it off. Make sure to use a moisturizer afterwards as well if you feel like your skin is getting dry. Be careful not to apply too much vinegar at once; this could cause the sebaceous glands overproduce to compensate, therefore triggering an outbreak.
Diet and water
Although acne is associated with hormonal changes – hence why it affects teenagers, menopausal women, and during certain points of the menstrual cycle – you can reduce some of the worst effects by eating a diet rich in fiber, omega-3, and vitamins A and B complex, and consuming probiotics to prevent yeast from developing. Drinking water can also remove the excess oils and dirt that build up in the pores.
Hope this helps you to clear out your skin <3