Remember when you were a teenager and you had to go out into the world with a face full of zits? Maybe you are still that teenager and wondering how you can possibly get by with a face that looks like a double pepperoni pizza?
Lucky for you, we’re happy to report that there a number of effective ways to get rid of pimples! If you prefer natural remedies to over-the-counter medication, you’ll be happy to know that there are several of those available to choose from as well.
1. Over-the-counter medications
If you have looked into different kinds of acne medication, you will know that there are quite a few options. For the best results, concentrate on ones that contain the bacteria killer Benzoyl Peroxide, Sulfur (which helps to clean out pore-clogging dead skin cells) and/or Salicylic Acid (also great at keeping pores open and clear). Experiment with different types and discover which ones work best for you.
You are probably thinking, “I wash my face all the time and it doesn’t help!” Well, in this case, we are referring to the water you drink. There are a number of reasons why you should drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. Staying hydrated flushes toxins out of the body, which helps to keep your skin clear and less likely for clogged pores to develop.
On the other side of things, washing your face with water also helps keep those zits away. Washing your face may seem like a waste of time, but while it will not eliminate acne you already have, it is saving you from getting even more. Be sure to use a gentle, non-irritating soap designed for facial use. Do this at least 3-4 times per day to make sure that your pores stay clear of smoke, dirt and other unhealthy, clogging agents.
3. Tee tree oil
A popular home remedy for several conditions, Tea Tree Oil also helps clear out pores and dead skin cells. The strength of the Tee Tree Oil mixture for this use is optional, though we recommend that you go with at 75% water as the product should not be used undiluted. Leave it on the affected area for at least thirty minutes and then rinse off.
4. Ice cubes
Ice helps to reduce inflammation and is an effective ally in reducing the severity and lifespan of a pimple. Wrap an ice cube in a cloth, hold it over the zit for several seconds, and then repeat.
Do this at several points in the day for the best results. The cold causes the oil glands in your face to contract, which forces out substances such as bacteria, which contribute to acne.
It was long thought that steam would open facial pores, but this is actually not the case. Applying a gentle amount of steam to your face does help to make it easier to remove dead skin cells and other materials that contribute to the production of zits.
Facial steamers are available at a fairly low cost. or you can boil some water and once cooled to a comfortable temperature, let the steam flow over your face. As with water consumption and washing your face, steaming will not clear pimples on its own, but is still a valuable way to prevent more from sprouting up.
6. Cucumber paste
Another way to naturally reduce the scourge of pimples is through the use of cucumber paste. Mince a section of cucumber into a paste and apply it to the pimple(s). Let this sit for about a half hour and then rinse the mixture off. This will not kill the zit, but the redness will be considerably lessened, making it much less obvious. Papaya paste is also effective in this regard.
7. Avoid pore cloggers
Clogged pores result in acne and there are actually things on the market that can increase this problem for you. Women should be careful to avoid certain make-ups and creams that will do this.
Make sure you read the product label carefully and look for the words “noncomedogenic” or “water-based”; such products are designed to avoid clogging pores. Mineral oil has definite benefits for skin, but it also has the potential to make things worse in this area, so watch out.
8. Change your detergent
Anything that is harsh on your skin is bad for it. Your shirt and pants do not come into contact with your face, but your pillow does – for hours at a time. There are brands of detergent on the market that are formulated to be milder. If think your skin may be affected in this way, try one of them and see if you notice a reduced amount of redness or irritation in your face.
9. Stop smoking
If you smoke, you already know that there are many reasons why you should quit; sorry, but here is yet another. Every time you light up, it actually increases the possibility of a breakout. The smoke irritates and dries out your skin, which causes your body to produce more oil. This means you’re more likely to get clogged pores and acne breakouts.
10. Chill out
Stress does a lot of negative things to your body and these include producing acne, which for most of use, just leads to more stress. One of the changes your body undergoes while stressed is the production of more facial oil, which is definitely not wanted.
Try to make changes in your life that will allow you to attain a better emotional balance. Also consider additional exercise, yoga and meditation to help you wind down during those times when are feeling especially on edge.
Pimples are an annoying embarrassment that many of us must battle at some point in our lives. Decide for yourself whether the convenience of over-the-counter products are the best way for you to go or whether you would rather rely on a natural solution. Both approaches will go a long way in making you feel less self-conscious and more proud of the way you look. If your personal approach to acne treatment does not produce good enough results after a few weeks, make an appointment with a dermatologist for a professional opinion. Good luck!