“Different acne treatments that cleanse your skin effectively”
One of the most widespread and common skin disorders in the world is acne. At least 85 percent of teenagers go through years of suffering with it – and in the United States alone, there are close to 60 million people dealing with this problem.
So, it is no wonder that there has been a surge in the market of acne treatments that are being promoted by experts. How can you know which ones will really work though?
Here are some basic natural acne solutions that we have put together for you to keep in mind and try:
- Make sure you wash your face at least 2 times a day – 3 at the most. Only use cleansers that are gentle and contain no perfumes. Do not use soaps because they may contain harsh ingredients that can actually do more damage to your skin than good.
- Try to avoid having to touch your face. You may not even realize how many times a day you actually put your hands to your face, but it is very common. Even when just sitting and thinking, you will often have your hand bracing your chin.
Do not rub, touch or scratch your skin because there are a lot of bacteria on your hands that can result in acne flare-ups. Since we are not aware of the times we are unconsciously touching our faces, this can be a hard thing to avoid.
Try making it a habit and become more conscious of when you are touching your skin.
- Never pick or squeeze a blemish! Everyone does it, but it is never recommended to do this because it can actually send the infection deeper into the skin. This can result in serious scarring.
- You can use topical over the counter ointments and lotions or gels for mild to moderate acne. Try using ones that contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid or azelaic acid.
The best at killing P. Acnes is benzoyl peroxide because it can reduce oil production. Blackheads and whiteheads can be broken up with ingredients like resorcinol, salicylic acid and sulphur.
- Another great natural antibiotic and antibacterial solution, which dries the skin, is tea tree oil. It will decrease facial oiliness, eliminating the bacteria that causes acne. Sulfur will unblock the pores which will help to heal blemishes that are already present.
- Using products with Alpha or Beta Hydroxy Acids (AHA or BHA) will work to keep the skin exfoliated. One common adjuvant therapy for mild acne is glycolic acid, while Mandelic acid is less known, but may actually be less irritating for those with sensitive skin.
Mandelic acid combines the keratolytic properties of glycolic acid with more natural properties. It can actually work well to treat mild cases of acne by itself, and can be combined with other treatments for acne that is more severe.
Obviously, all of the ingredients and treatments discussed here are for treating cases of mild to moderate acne. There can often be a delay between beginning treatment before seeing any results – anywhere from several weeks up to three to six months.
More serious conditions of acne require the help of a dermatologist, so do not hesitate to consult with your doctor about possible acne treatments that will work for you.