Acne is one of the most common skin disorders, and it can be quite troublesome to have. However, with some basic knowledge and precautions, you can get rid of your acne and look better than ever! Here are simple steps that will help you treat this condition.
Wash Your Face Twice a Day With a Gentle Cleanser
- Wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser.
- Use warm water, not hot or cold water.
- Use a soft cloth to gently pat dry. Don't scrub or rub! This can irritate your skin and cause more breakouts.
- Apply moisturizer after washing to help keep pores clear and prevent future breakouts from forming in the first place! Make sure it's oil-free, non comedogenic (won’t clog pores), and has SPF protection—it’s important that you use both sunscreen AND moisturizer every day because they work together to protect against UV damage
Use Topical Acne Treatments
Over-the-counter (OTC) topical acne treatments are available at your local drugstore and can be used to treat mild to moderate acne on your face, chest and back.
Benzoyl peroxide is an antimicrobial agent that kills the bacteria responsible for breakouts. It works by destroying the proteins that form acne when they're exposed to oxygen. Benzoyl peroxide can be used alone or in combination with another treatment like salicylic acid or sulfur pads.
Wash Problem Areas With Plain Greek Yogurt
You can wash your face with plain Greek yogurt, which is made from milk that has been strained and then fermented. The bacteria in this milk helps to fight off acne-causing bacteria on your skin, so it's a great way to get rid of acne while also improving the texture of your skin.
To use plain Greek yogurt as a cleanser:
- Apply a thin layer all over your face (except for your eyes). The less time you leave the yogurt on, the better—just 15 minutes is enough for most people!
- Rinse with warm water or pat dry if needed before applying moisturizer again if desired.
Exfoliate Once or Twice a Week
You should exfoliate once or twice a week. A gentle scrub is the best way to go about this, so if you want to use something more aggressive, make sure it's only once every few days. You should also be extremely careful not to overdo it; if your skin starts feeling irritated after using an exfoliating cleanser (like a rough rub). If you have sensitive skin, don't exfoliate as often as recommended above—but still try at least once per week!
Always Wear Sunscreen
Wearing sunscreen is one of the most important things you can do to prevent acne. Everyone over age six should wear sunscreen daily, especially if they’re going outside. Sunlight causes inflammation and irritation in your skin, which causes pimples and blemishes. Sunscreen protects against this by blocking out harmful rays while leaving enough skin exposed so that it can breathe and produce vitamin D, which helps your body fight off infection.
The right kind of sunscreen will help keep your face looking healthy by preventing damage caused by UV rays—but not all sunscreens are created equal! Be sure to choose a product with an SPF rating above 30 if possible (this means 20-50). If not available with an SPF rating higher than 30 then opt for one with an UPF rating between 50-90 or even higher; these numbers refer specifically toward how well they protect against UVA/UVB rays rather than just protecting from sunburns alone (which is why we recommend wearing them regardless).
Switch to Oil-Free Products
Oil-free products are less likely to clog pores and cause acne. While some people may be fine with using an oil-based cleanser, others have sensitive skin and will want to use a cleanser that doesn't contain any oils at all. If you're not sure whether your skin is sensitive or prone to breakouts, try applying some gentle pressure on the areas of your face where you get acne (usually around the forehead) after washing off with a non-oily cleanser for about a minute before rinsing off again. If there's no redness or irritation from this test, then chances are good that your face won't react badly if it gets exposed long enough for things like bacteria and dead skin cells from past cleansing attempts settle into pores over time - but only if those two conditions aren't present!
Try Spot Treatments With Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide
Spot treatments are used to treat acne before it develops into a full-blown painful break out. They work by killing the bacteria that cause acne and clearing up the inflammation that causes pimples, redness and blackheads. Spot treatments come in many forms, including creams, gels and lotions.
Spot treatment instructions vary depending on how they’re applied (some products require you to apply them directly on your skin while others can be spread over affected areas). If you have sensitive skin or are prone to allergies then it might be best not to use these types of products because some contain ingredients that could irritate your skin in some way. If this happens, contact your doctor if necessary.
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