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How to Get Rid of Acne

At least once in your life, most of us have had to deal with an Acne outbreak. These occurrences are usually caused from stress, hormones or an unhealthy diet rather than unclean skin. Actually, if you try to clean your skin too much you can risk irritation which leads to more pimples. I found that the below treatments tend to work best to rid yourself of unwanted acne.

Open the Pores

Cleansers: Using a mild cleanser, bar or liquid, only once or twice a day will keep your skin clean and will minimize sensitivity and irritation.

Exfoliating: There are a variety of scrubs and masques that contain mild peeling agents such as fine granules or salicylic acid. They open your pores by removing the skins outer layer. When searching for an exfoliate try to find one with glycolic or alpha hydroxy acids as they are gentle on the skin.

Kill the Bacteria

Antibacterial Cleansers: The most popular ingredient in over-the-counter antibacterial cleansers is benzoyl peroxide, which does a great job at killing bacteria.

Topical Applications: Can be found in gels, creams, and lotions that contain active ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, and resorcinol. Apply to the affected area overnight to kill bacteria.

Reduce Facial Oil

It's impossible to stop your glands from producing oil but with the below techniques, you can remove the oil that makes it's way to the surface of the skin.

  • Gentle astringents or toners will wipe away oil
  • Masques containing sulfur and other ingredients draw out facial oil
  • Antibacterial pads containing benzoyl peroxide help you wipe away oil

Other Methods

Facials: Steaming your face can be useful because it helps unclog your pores, especially for people with whiteheads or blackheads.

Pore Strips: Effective do-it yourself facials and pull oil and contaminants from your pores. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes for your nose, forehead, chin etc.

When trying out any of the above recommendations, just remember to be patient. Although it seems the acne suddenly appeared, there are no treatments out there that will rid it over night. And, please don't use all of these treatments at one time. They are inexpensive, safe, and work well if used properly but try only a few at a time and wait for the results. You'll eventually find the proper combination of remedies to clear your skin!