We all suffer from a pimple outbreak at some point in our life. Some people suffer with it longer than others, and this can take a huge hit to our self-confidence and self-esteem. Acne starts when greasy secretions from the skins sebaceous glands get into the pores of your skin. If pores are large blackheads form. Whiteheads form if openings are small. Both types of plugged pores over time can develop into swollen and tender inflammations.
There are many cures and tips to try to help prevent and treat acne, and it’s all a matter of finding what’s going to work for you. Here are some things to try to see if they can help keep your acne at bay.
If you suffer with a milder case of acne, you can try nonprescription alternatives such as peroxide. This is known to work by getting rid of bacteria that is associated with acne. Keep in mind it can take up to 4 weeks to see any type of result. Make sure you are continuously using it to see maximum results and to keep that unsightly acne at bay. It doesn’t affect sebum production and once you stop use, acne may find its way back.
This powerful ingredient helps correct abnormal skin cell shedding. For those with milder acne, salicylic acid unclogs pores and prevents lesions from appearing on the skin. It doesn’t kill bacteria though. Similar to peroxide, once you stop use, acne may find its way back. Continue use for maximum results. This ingredient is found in several creams, lotions, and cleansers over the counter.
Retinol Creams or Gels
Retinol is great for preventing the formation of pimples. It prevents the growth of cells, which causes an increased cell turnover which unblocks pores. Keep in mind acne may get worse before it gets better. It works on pimples below the surface and needs to be used for at least 8-12 weeks in order to get maximum results. You can only find retinol in a prescription strength product. Differin gel is the only retinoid strength product that’s approved for over the counter use.
These days, there’s a lot of natural or organic products that are geared at reducing acne. The effectiveness may not be what you would expect, and some products might not work as well if at all.
Alcohol is often used as an anti-bacterial agent. You can find this as an over the counter agent and can dry out the areas affected. However, it can also dry out the surrounding skin and for the most part, this method is not generally recommended by a dermatologist. In some cases, alcohol may not help acne heal up at all and can just make our skin dried out.
Keep in mind when pimples are pus-filled and appear ready to break, apply a hot towel to the area for a few minutes to encourage them to bust on their own. Any severe pimples should only be opened by medical professionals such as a cyst.