Tuesday, September 16, 2008

15 Skin Clearing Solutions for ACNE

Many teenagers are suffering from ACNE. And it’s totally not good to have one. So, why not try the following solutions by Renner.

1. Do no harm. Don’t pick, press, rub, or otherwise manipulate those pimples. Your increasing the risk of spreading the bacteria and increasing the chances of scarring. You can pop it, but below the surface, the sebum, bacteria, and skin cells may leak into the surrounding tissue, causing inflammation.

2. Use benzoyl peroxide. A number of over-the-counter products contains this ingredient, which helps break up the plug of dead skin cells, bacteria, and oil in pores and cuts down on the bacteria as well. Start with the lowest concentration, and work your way up, especially if you have sensitive skin, because the higher the concentration, the more irritating it may be. Use it once or twice a day. If it dries the skin too much, Kligman suggests applying a mild moisturizer.

3. Give one of the other over-the-counter products a shot. Other acne products contain sulfur or resorcinol, which help unplug oil glands by irritating the skin.

4. Apply over-the-counter products for prevention. “Don’t just spot the product on existing acne”. “Put it on acne-prone areas”. That can include your entire face (avoiding the lips and eyes,however), back, and chest,

5. Go easy on your face. Teens with oily skin use hot water, a washcloth, and a drying soap and think they can wash their acne away but they can’t. “You can wash your face ten times a day and still have acne. It has nothing to do with cleanliness.” Washing removes oils from the surface of the skin, not from within the plugged ducts.

6. Wash properly. Use a mild soap like dove unscented. Rub lightly with your fingertips and warm water. Do not use a washcloth. If your skin is oily, use a soap with benzoyl peroxide for its drying properties. And wash once or twice a day.

7. Don’t exfoliate. This refers to removing the top layer of dead skin cells. Don’t use brushes, rough sponges, cleansers with granules or walnut hulls, or anything else of that nature on the delicate facial skin. For the back and chest, where skin is less sensitive, you can try one of the acne scrub pads along with soap that contains benzoyl peroxide.

8. Watch out for oily products. That goes for oily pomades on your hair, heavy oil-based moisturizers, and even oily cleansers.

9. Use water-based makeup. If you’re not sure if its water base or not try if its separates into water and powder, its water-based. If it doesn’t, it contains oil. Opt for powder blushes and loose powders. Eye makeup and lipstick are Okay but because you don’t generally get acne in those areas.

10. Forego the facial. Most people are giving facials aren’t trained to treat acne-prone skin properly and may end up doing more harm than good said DeLeo.

11. Don’t rest your chin on your hands. Try not to constantly touch your face. “People who do a lot of telephone work will get chin-line acne”. It causes trauma to acne, just like picking the pimples does. Tight sweatbands and chin straps from sports equipment can have the same effect.

12. Soak up the oil. Some cosmetic companies make a paper product that can be pressed onto the skin to soak up oil. It doesn’t help the acne, but it helps relieve the oiliness, which is disagreeable.

13. Screen out the sun. Sun exposure was believed to help acne. However, too much sub can lead to skin cancer and premature aging, making the risks outweigh the benefits. wear sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher for protection.

14. Don’t worry about diet. Chocolate, french fries, and other foods have not been proven to have anything at all to do with causing teenage acne. Eating chocolate, nuts, or greasy foods is not to blame when it comes to the zits on your face. On the other hand, if you notice a correlation between something you eat and your face breaking out, then avoid it.

15. Watch out for iodine. This is till somewhat controversial, but some doctors believe that high levels of iodine, found in some multiple vitamins and in iodized salt, may encourage acne.

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