When adolescence begins in a person’s life, many changes, both pleasant and not, begin to occur. One the most unpleasant things is acne, which is a skin infection that occurs under the surface of the skin when oil and dirt get into the pores and clog them. Acne begins to affect most people from early in their teen years, then begins to ease up near the end of the teens. All kinds of remedies and methods to prevent break-outs have been invented, and people will try most or all of them. Yet rarely is a cure found, usually because people rely only on skin care products rather than balancing products with care and cleansing.
Rinse your face with warm water at least twice a day. Instead of washing your face time after time throughout the day, it is more important to run warm water over your face and neck in the morning, evening and if possible, at any other time during the day in which you get sweaty or dirty. Run a clean washcloth under the hot water until it is thoroughly drenched. Squeeze almost all of the water out the cloth until you are left with a slightly damp, very warm washcloth. Press the washcloth to your face and gently hold it against your skin for a minute. There is no need to scrub your face while doing this. Repeat this process a few times before patting your face dry with another clean washcloth or a towel. Afterwards, your face will be clean and your pores will have been opened, which will help unclog them.
Wash your face with acne face wash or soap up to 5 times a week. Washing your face is very important, though soap or acne treatments are not needed 24/7 to prevent acne from forming. If you do wash your face with products too often, chances are your skin will become more clogged and very dry. Find a gentle yet effective acne face wash to use a few times a week in the shower or in the morning. For the other days you wash your face, find a gentle soap with no aromas in it. Goat milk soap and Dove soap work very well on your face.
Use an astringent on your face once a day every day. Astringents usually are not too hard on your face when used properly and they are a great way to prevent acne from forming. Astringents are liquids that are applied in small amounts all over the face to dry up and clean any problem areas. Put a little bit of your chosen astringent on your face once a day and let it dry. No matter how bad your acne may get, it is important not to use this product more than once a day.
Apply topical acne treatment to your face. For small problem areas, topical acne medication is very effective. Many times drug stores will sell good topical treatments, but if those are not effective enough for your skin then you should visit the dermatologist for a prescribed treatment that is more effective than the OTC treatments. Topical treatments can be applied to problem areas 1 to 3 times a day depending on the severity of the outbreak. After using the acne topical treatment, a moisturizing lotion should be applied.
Use minimal amounts of make-up and other products on the face. Many make-up products are full of chemicals and impurities that can get into your pores, clog them and irritate the skin. Using these products will make acne much worse. If make-up is going to be worn, you should buy good brands with less harmful ingredients. Nutragena is a good product to buy, but the best one is produced by Erno Lazlo. Lazlo sells make-up products with acne medication in them. These kinds of make-ups are the best to use. Before going to bed each night, thoroughly remove all make-up no matter which kind it is.
Keep your hands away from your face. Never touch your face at all, especiallyproblem areas. Whether your face is clear, covered in acne or somewhere in the middle, your hands should be kept away all times. The oils and dirt that get on your hands and fingers are passed onto your face. These oils and dirt get into your skin and cause breakouts. If you already have pimples on your face, you should leave them alone and never pick or mash them. The only time to touch existing pimples is when applying treatments. Even then your hands should be washed. The three things you should never do to your face are to pick, press or pop anything on it. It may seem like immediate relief, but if you do this your breakouts will get worse, more noticeable and take longer to go away.