If you are an adult acne sufferer, you know that severe acne is not just a teenager's problem of puberty even though acne afflicts nearly 90% of teens the world over. You may be one of the 25% of adult acne sufferers who face the same embarrassment as teens. At some time in life, severe acne afflicts every age, gender, and nationality. No one is immune.
If you are between 20 and 40 years of age, you likely have blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and zits on your face, or neck, or upper arms and shoulders. If you have chronic acne, you have acne in most of these spots on your body and, if you are a teen, well, you have a 90% chance of having this foul affliction.
At the root of chronic acne is bacteria, excessive oil, grime, make-up, and sweat. These are just some of the many factors that cause acne. Therefore, acne skin care must be targeted at keeping the skin clean and reducing its oiliness. That is the bad news. But...
Are you ready to think outside the medication box if it means controlling your acne?
Are you ready to take action on some really simple advice that could end up making you smile?
Caution: The plan I will reveal in this article requires a commitment from you if you are going to see the results you have been looking for in those hyped products. You should also understand that there is No Cure for acne. That's right! Acne cannot be cured. It can only be reduced . On that basis, are you still willing to try something simple?
If you are ready to see a major improvement in your complexion , the first thing you need to do is start taking basic skin care seriously. This begins with face washing every day, at least twice a day with a cleansing product that is designed specifically for acne-prone skin types. This means you need to read the labels of products before you buy anything to use on your acne.
Washing must be first thing in the morning, in the middle of the day if you can manage only face washing, and most definitely before bedtime.
When you wash and rinse, use only lukewarm water. This includes baths or showers. Extreme hot or cold water are bad, not good, for your skin pores! Dry yourself with a pure cotton towel. Pat dry. Do not rub when washing, rinsing, or drying.
A well chosen topical lotion, after washing, is one that contains tea tree oil. This will replace some of the skin oil you washed away and avoid dry skin. A good astringent can also be used to cleanse and tone the skin, followed by the application of a mild, water-based moisturizer. Read the label and follow directions.
Ladies: Skin cleansing is even more important if you wear makeup. Do NOT leave makeup on any longer than necessary, especially overnight. Avoid overnight creams and moisturizers as well. That goop can clog pores and make a nice bed and breakfast for acne bacteria to grow in.
You should never use cheap, heavy, or oil-based make up. Although a variety of products are designed to hide acne, they can actually clog skin pores and make your skin problems worse. If you must wear makeup, the best thing to do is invest in makeup that is water-based, hypo-allergenic and, as already mentioned, never leave makeup on overnight.
If your career takes you outdoors for long periods exposed to the sun, you need to use a good sun screen. Avoid tanning beds, too. That beautiful tan is deadly in many ways, especially for your skin pores. You are cooking and drying your skin and that is never good!
It is a really risky practice to squeeze or itch pimples, blackheads, and other acne. Besides it being repulsive, you are just spreading bacteria to clean skin pores or any other part of your body that you touch afterwards. And, you are creating another problem - scarring. Scars are even harder and more expensive to remove than the acne itself.
In addition to face and body washing, here are two alternative treatments that will make a difference.
1. Gently apply a spot of juice from an orange, or lemon, or tomato, or cucumber directly to your acne and leave it on for an hour or so before rinsing it off. These natural compounds kill bacteria.
2. Once a week apply a face mask consisting of an equal mix of almond powder, milk, and rose water. Your acne will hate it but your skin will love it. This goes for you guys as well. You do want great looking skin, right?
We cannot neglect one more issue - your diet. Cleaning your skin on the outside is only one part of the solution. You must clean your skin from the inside with a healthy diet.
It all starts with drinking ample water. Apart from washing your skin, you should be drinking plenty of water on a daily basis. This is because some acne can be caused by poor digestion. Foods that are fried, too much sweets, tea, coffee, soft drinks, and alcohol all contribute to poor digestion that will show in your complexion. Water is your internal cleanser.
To help your digestive process', besides plenty of water, add a glass of fresh lime, tomato, or carrot juice after meals. These juices help to cleanse toxins and hydrate the body internally. A balanced diet, juices, and water will give you fresh-looking skin that literally glows with vibrancy .
Now, I promised to make you smile and make you happy. My promise will come true when you follow the advice in this article. Then, come back and make a comment when you are happy!
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