The last thing you want is an inconvenient pimple – but what do you do to keep acne at bay? Many people are at a loss, and perhaps you are, too. If that’s the case, then read on! You’ll pick up some useful tips and strategies to get the clear complexion you desire.
If you have a breakout, resist the urge to scratch or “pop” any pimples. This could cause an infection, scaring, or maybe even both. Try over-the-counter medications, creams, and astringents first. If your acne worsens, consider making an appointment with a dermatologist who can suggest something more effective.
Use hydrocortisone cream on an existing pimple to remove redness when it becomes inflamed. A dab of this cream can help not only soothe the pimple, but will shrink the blood vessels in the area, reducing the appearance of redness. Be careful not to use it too often, as your skin can get used to it and it may cause more skin problems in the future.
Resist the urge to pick at your acne. It should probably go without saying, but don’t scratch. Scratching will increase puffiness, redness, and irritation. It can even lead to scarring. Never attempt to pop a pimple. If anything, having your hands on your face will just add unnecessary oil and work to further clog your pores.
If you are suffering from acne, try to be aware of things that may transfer bacteria to your problem areas. For example, be sure to clean your cell phone regularly if you tend to hold it against your face. This will help prevent those unnecessary breakouts, and lead you one step closer to problem-free skin!
One way to prevent the clogging of pores is to use a blackhead remover. It is a little metal stick that you can purchase at any drugstore that you slide over your skin to remove any dirt or bacteria that is lodged in your pores. It is very easy to use and better than using your fingers.
When your breakouts become red and inflamed due to irritation, use ice to bring the redness and swelling down, in much the same way that you would on an injury. Icing your acne for 10 minutes at a time, every hour or so should provide noticeable improvement in the color and inflammation.
Azelaic acid is a good alternative to benzoyl peroxide for the treatment of acne. Azelaic acid is available in cream or gel form and works by getting rid of dead skin cells and killing the bacteria on the skin that causes acne. The cream or gel should be applied twice a day and significant results may take a couple of weeks to be noticeable.
So now you have a better idea of steps you need to take to get a clear, glowing complexion. Try a few of our tips, and we think you’ll be impressed with how quickly you notice results! You’ve got the tools to an-acne free life right in your hands.