Top Acne Control Tips
Any effective acne treatment usually involves a few, simple steps that are part of a solid daily regimen. These steps will often include use of some acne products. Whatever you do, it is important to be consistent. Slapping on some benzoyl peroxide and figuring that is all you have to do will only lead to failure and will definitely not give you the acne solution that you're looking for. And you can forget about finding an acne product or treatment that can eliminate your acne overnight. They just don't exist. Clearing up facial acne or body acne takes a little time and patience and the will to follow the right steps that you do every day. Read on to learn about some of the more common acne treatments that work.
Before we even get to using any kind of acne product, there are many things you can do for your acne that are completely free. You need to be open to your bad habits and have a willingness to change them. Sometimes starting with the little things you can do to prevent acne is the best way to control your stubborn pimples and blackheads.
Always Stay Clean
When I say stay clean, I don't mean just Showering every day. Showering is important, yes, but it'snot going to cut it when you're fighting a battle with acne. First and foremost, keep your hair off of your neck and face. People with long hair, do you hear me? You should not only be keeping it clean but also trying to wear it up as often as possible. Obviously you aren't going to have your hair in a ponytail all of the time, but just try and limit when you do wear your hair down to special occasions. What is most important here is to have your hair touching your skin as little as possible. After touching anything greasy, wash your hands as soon as possible before you touch your face without realizing it. Rubbing dirt and oils from your hands to your face happens very easily, and is one of the most common ways to spread acne. Always wear clean clothes. I don't care if its a Sunday morning and you're not going anywhere, do not put on yesterdays clothes. Those clothes are dirty, which means oily and full dead skin cells. Putting any of them on will transfer this dirt and oil to your nice, clean skin and that can lead to more pimples and zits. Handling your dirty clothes and then touching your face is enough to cause a fresh outbreak. Be diligent about this. Make this a habit and you'll control the spread of your acne.
Be Gentle With Your Skin
Trying to eliminate acne is not only about applying various acne products. Other small changes can make a big difference. Wearing restrictive clothing that are rough on your skin like denim and wool can further aggravate your acne problem. The friction between tight clothes and your skin can easily irritate skin where acne is waiting for just the right set of circumstances to sprout. Better to wear loose, breathable materials that lets your pores breathe. You can even look for clothing that is made of moisture wicking materials. These clothes pull the sweat away from your skin into the clothes. Make sure you shower as soon as you can after sweating. Don't forget to dry thoroughly. Sweating will keep our bodies from getting to hot and cool us down, but if the sweat is left too long against your skin, it can help the occurrence of acne. Sweat will clog pores and also makes it harder for your skin to get rid of dead skin cells. Do not use an abbrasive scrubber when you shower. Better to use a soft washcloth or even your hands. Rough facecloths and scrubbers irritate your skin and lead to more acne.
Acne Body Wash - Acne Product #1
A good acne body wash is what you should be showering with rather than regular, old soap. Make sure to choose an acne body wash designed for your skin type. Check to see if you have oily or dry skin and read the labels before you buy. Not only will an acne body wash get you clean, it will help exfoliate your skin and remove any dead skin cells that may be clogging up your pores. It will also kill the bacteria on your body that leads to an acne breakout.
Acne Cleanser - Acne Product #2
After showering and using your acne body wash, the next step is to apply an acne cleanser. Don't miss drying well though, damp skin can lead to acne. Like acne body washes, acne cleansers are usually formulated for different skin types, so read the labels when you're buying. Of course, make sure you know your skin type before you shop. The method of application of the cleanser is also important. Again, be gentle. You don't want to irritate the skin with anything rough. Use a soft cloth or cotton pad for application. The active ingredient in most cleansers is either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Both of these are good at getting into the pores and cleaning them out and killing the bacteria that causes acne. Be sure and apply the cleanser to all of the areas you may get acne, making sure to include the often forgotten forehead, neck and behind the ears.
Exercise and Proper Nutrition
Does eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly have any effect on acne control? While some studies say yes and others say no, people with acne usually have the same story. After spending a few days eating lots of deep fried foods like pizza and burgers, most acne sufferers say their acne got worse. What does this tell us? Well, that eating fatty foods and foods high in sugar will more than likely lead to an acne breakout far more often than a healthy diet. A healthy diet is one that includes lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, and a generous helping of fruits and vegetables. All of this fibrous food in your diet has another benefit - you're far less aft to get constipated. Constipation can make your acne worse. This is because your body's natural toxin elimination process is out of commission, so it resorts to trying to push some of these toxins out through the pores. Make sure you drink lots of water also. Getting 5 glasses of water into your body every day helps with digestion and toxin flushing. And no, you can't count your coffee or tea. And diet soda doesn't do your body any favors either.
Stress (The Acne Freakout)
Stressing out about your acne because you're going out with friends or you're going to the annual family reunion is not going to help the situation at all. In fact, it will more than likely make things worse. Stress causes the body to release chemicals that, among other things, makes your acne worse. If you are following the other steps in this article diligently as part of a good acne control regimen then you are doing what is in your control to help your acne. Again, make sure the acne products you are using are formulated for your skin type, and don't be afraid to try other things you read about on the internet that people say worked. In the end, try not to worry about it. Eventually your acne remedy will work, just be patient.
You have just read some of the best acne tips there are. If you follow these simple things you will hopefully get rid of your acne problems for good. Don't go looking for a miracle cure for a fast acne treatment. You'll only get frustrated. There are no shortcuts. That's what all of these "get rid of your acne overnight" ads want you to believe. Follow these acne tips consistently and you'll have good acne control over your facial or body acne in no time.