Top 5 Tips for Reducing Acne

Many people assume that acne is something that you can outgrow and overcome after suffering through their teenage years; however, the shocking reality is that adult acne affects 25% of men and 50% of women. As it does in teenagers, acne can cause embarrassment, social discomfort, and sometimes even depression in extreme circumstances.

While common over-the-counter treatments do work for some people, the ingredients can often cause severe dryness, red patches, and overall irritation. If this sounds familiar, one of the best ways to deal with acne might be to take a natural approach instead of turning to products containing harsh acids. Whatever your age or gender, the tips below will help you to naturally get rid of acne or at the very least keep it at a minimum:

  1. Use only natural or organic products on your skin. Using these gentle options to treat acne not only helps your skin to heal and clear up naturally, but these products often contain soothing essential oils that are very beneficial to your skin. Another benefit of using a natural approach is that it spares your skin from the harsh drying effects of acids found in most traditional acne solutions.
  2. Keep your hair away from your face. Believe it or not, this is very helpful in combating blackheads and whiteheads. The natural oils in your hair as well as the hair care products you use can quickly transfer to your face. This can clog your pores and translate into new pimples forming on your forehead, neck and cheeks.
  3. Stick to a regular daily treatment regimen. Following a daily skin care plan is a staple of healthy skin and often helps to support a fresh, youthful glow. A daily skin care regimen that incorporates acne treatment will help to remove excess oils, keep pores clear, and speeds up the healing of breakouts.
  4. Avoid scrubbing your skin! While this might go against what you've read, scrubbing blemishes on your face will not make them disappear and will in actuality irritate your skin by making it dry and itchy. Cleansing is a good thing as long as you do it in moderation. You want to make sure that your skin is free of dirt and dead skin cells but the key to reducing the frequency and severity of pimples is being gentle.
  5. Make your entire body a "no picking" zone. This might be difficult at first but once you get in the habit of leaving blemishes alone, your skin will reward you for your efforts with less scarring. Touching acne spots can cause more inflammation and squeezing a pimple can introduce new dirt and bacteria to your skin.  This can eventually result in deep scarring or discoloration. In addition, every time you touch your face you are running the risk of transferring oil from your hands to your face. These oils and bacteria create conditions that are favorable for developing more breakouts. By controlling the urge to pick and squeeze-it, you will shorten breakouts and reduce their appearance.

Commit to trying these tips for a week or two and track your results. You should see a noticeable difference within the first 7 days. If you are still have trouble after exhausting this list of natural remedies, you may want to consider seeing your dermatologist for professional assistance. Do-it-yourself solutions are great but stubborn or recurring problems often deserve an expert's attention.