Facial acne, while the most common, can also be the most frustrating. It usually appears in the oilier T-zone where there are large numbers of sebaceous glands, the area encompassing the forehead, nose and chin. But, as we know, acne is not necessarily limited to the T-zone and can erupt on the cheeks as well.
It's important to understand what causes acne in order to select an effective acne medication. Besides external causes, acne can also be caused by internal imbalances due to diet, stress or changes in your body.
Use facial soaps specifically designed for acne. Nowadays, there are sulfur-based soaps that are made to heal and dry acne fast. Wash your face at least two times every day. First wash should be done in the morning when you wake up and second, at night before you sleep.
Bacteria in pores is one cause of facial acne. Reduce the amount of bacteria by using toners containing anti-bacterial agents like alcohol, peroxide and benzalkonium chloride, and by using creams that contain benzoyl peroxide, which kill bacteria as well as cause the skin to regenerate faster.
Don't pop that pimple right away. Popping a pimple prematurely, before you can see the puss about to burst the skin, can cause a mild skin infection, a cyst (by pushing the infection further down into the pore), or even worse, a terrible scar. Wait until you can see the yellow puss about to break through the skin.
Do not wear makeup if possible. Makeup products can clog your pores, cause more blackheads and pimples. If you have to wear makeup, make sure it is water-based. Be sure to clean your makeup brushes regularly and cleanse your skin before you sleep.
It's commonly known that sun also helps to reduce acne, however, this is only a short term solution. Studies have shown that getting a lot of sun makes your acne even worse in the long run, so I wouldn't recommend this as a treatment.
Drink a lot of water. This will not keep your skin moist but will help in overall upkeep of your health (and in turn your skin). It might seem a bit awkward to some, however, this is an important skin care tip.
You also must keep your hair clean as well. Hair oils and dirt can clog the tubes that lead to the oil glands to the top of the skin. Your hands are another way of transmitting dirt and oils to your skin.
Shaving is actually a great exfoliating treatment the removes dead skin. However you should never shave an area that is infected or inflamed. Always use a shaving cream if your skin is sensitive.
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