Zits can be nagging. More and more adults experience acne. It affects the face but also shoulders, back, chest and even belly! Learn how to get rid of acne using the best remedies for blemishes, not just on the face!
1. Dermatologist’s consultation matters.
If you’ve got some single spots on the face from time to time, don’t worry. The problem begins when zits appear persistently. This is serious and needs doctor’s advice. Let a professional determine the state of your skin and type of acne.
2. Gentleness matters as well.
Use very mild cleansers. Don’t believe it when someone says you need harsh exfoliating products…based on alcohol! This myth has been debunked and everyone knows such products harm acne-prone skin.
Even oily, spot-prone skins need a gentle foam cleanser which conditions and mildly washes the skin, not spreading the bacteria all over the face and body.
3. Use a toner and moisturize acne skin!
Did you know that even spot-prone skin likes being moisturized? If you start drying out your skin hoping to dry the zits at the same time, it’s going to get oilier fighting to restore the hydro-lipid balance. Of course excess oil is a treat for bacteria. In turn, skin is more greasy while zits are not gone!
So, after washing the skin with a foam cleanser, reach for a toner which primes it for next products, soothes, balances the pH and activity of sebum glands. Make sure it is free from alcohol.
4. Exfoliate your skin wisely.
Physical scrubs with abrasives are bad for your skin. Acne skin needs regular cleansing and exfoliating in a way that does not cause damage or intensify inflammation. If your skin is spot-prone, then enzyme exfoliant is a perfect solution. It doesn’t require rubbing – it just sits on the skin removing dead cells for brand-new skin.
5. Topical acne treatments.
If zits really get on your nerves, you can make them vanish faster. Use a topical gel which fights blemishes and accelerates skin healing. You can also test acne concealers which both treat the skin and camouflage blemishes.
6. Sun proof your skin!
This might be surprising. You’ve probably heard that the sun is great for drying zits out so the “sunny treatment” is worth a shot! Too bad it isn’t! Even though the sunlight makes the face look better at first, the skin gets very dry and overproduces oil fast. So, apply lightweight sunblock all year round, not just in the summer, choosing min. 30 SPF. Note: if you treat acne with acid-based products, the skin is more prone to hyperpigmentation.