7 Steps to Deal With Acne
It doesn't matter your age. You can be a teenager, 30-something man or a woman on HRT. I've yet to find a woman or man who is happy that she has acne! Acne affects areas of the skin that have a lot of sebaceous glands, such as the face, centre of the chest, the back above the waistline, shoulders and the neck. It can strike anyone, at just about any age. While this article will not provide a "miracle cure" for acne, following these solid steps and you may be able to help you body deal naturally with the problem.
Clean Your Skin and Clean it Gently
While lack of washing does not cause acne, frequent washing with soap and water will help by removing some of the excess keratin and sebum, and lessen the likelihood of blackhead formation.
Gently wash your face with a mild cleanser, once in the morning and again in the evening. You should also clean your skin with a milk cleanser after strenuous exercise. Make sure you wash from under the jaw right up to the hairline. Don't forget to thoroughly rinse your skin in fresh, clean water. Rinsing four times is a good way to ensure that all of the cleanser has been removed.
If you have a severe case of acne and are not sure of what type of cleanser to use for your skin you might consider asking your doctor or pharmacist of other health professional for advice.
Resist the temptation of using soaps or scrub pads which may not be helpful and could actually make your acne problem worse. Astringents are not recommended unless the skin is very oily, and then they should be used only on oily spots.
Acne can also occur under your hair, so it is also important to consider your hair and wash it regularly. If you have oily hair, you might consider washing it with a milk shampoo every day.
Avoid Frequent Handling of the Skin
When you have a blemish, depending on where it occurs it may feel extraordinary large! Resist the temptation to touch and rub any lesions. Squeezing, pinching or picking blemishes can lead to the development of scars or dark blotches.
Men who shave and who have acne should try out different types of razors to see which is best for their condition. They may find that electric razors are more comfortable than a safety razor or vice versa.
If you do use a safety razor, ensure the blade is sharp and that you soften your beard thoroughly with soap and water before applying shaving cream. Shave gently to reduce the risk of nicking blemishes.
Avoid a Sunburn
If you are using medications to treat acne, be careful to avoid sunburn. Some medications used to treat acne can make you more prone to sunburn. While it is tempting to try to tan your skin to reduce the appearance of acne, these benefits are only temporary and there are definite risks of excessive risks of sun exposure including rapid skin aging and the risk of developing skin cancer.
Choose Cosmetics Carefully
While undergoing acne treatment, you may need to change some of the cosmetics you use. All cosmetics, such as foundation, blush, eye shadow, moisturizers, and hair-care products should be oil free. Choose products which don't promote the formation of closed pores. Reaction to cosmetics varies with individuals and you may need to experiment with different products to find one that does not make your acne worse.
Fruit and Vegetables
The antioxidant powerhouse of a variety of colourful fruit and vegetables is one of your best lines of defence against poor health. Ensure your body can put up a good fight and heal itself with at least two serves of fruit a day and five serves of vegetables.
Acne may be exacerbated by stress. De-stressing or learning how to relax may be one of the more difficult steps to build into our live because it involves adopting a different pattern of doing things or establishing new habits. Whether reading a good book, taking a long soaking bath, exercise or meditation....find out how you can take 10 minutes out of every day and relax.
Kim Beardsmore M.B.A., B.Sc. (Biochemistry) is a writer for the online weight loss, health & fitness magazine Weight Loss Health. For reliable information, healthy recipes and motivation to lose weight (without "diet-hype" and outrageous claims) visit http://weight-loss-health.com.au
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