Even if you’ve passed your teenager years and still have persistent acne, you’re definitely not alone. And getting rid of acne can sometimes be extremely daunting and impossible even thought you’ve tried every remedy. But don’t you worry as there are still some surprising ways you could try to get rid of your acne. Everyone’s skin is different, but you never know what unique treatment your skin could react to.
Before we go into the ways to heal a pimple, let’s briefly talk about what acne is and what causes acne.
Acne is a disease that affects the skin’s oil glands. The small holes in your skin (pores) connect to oil glands under the skin. These glands make an oily substance called sebum. The pores connect to the glands by a canal called follicle. Inside the follicles, oil carries dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. When the follicle of a skin gland clogs up, a pimple grows.
There are many reasons may cause acne.
- Overactive oil glands and clogged pores
- The hormone increase in teenage years (this can cause the oil glands to plug up more often)
- Heredity (if your parents had acne, you might get it, too)
- When you’re stress
- Hormone changes during pregnancy
- Starting or stopping of birth control pills
- Greasy makeup and worse you do not cleanse it well
1. Apply Ice
If you feel an acne bump or cyst coming on, head to your freezer for an ice cube. Then, place it over your bump for a few 30 second intervals before applying your makeup or any skin care product. The ice will take away the swelling as it is a potent anti-inflammatory that reduces redness by causing the dilated blood vessels to constrict. Besides, ice can actually take your acne down in term of size and flatten it out, too!
P.S. Take note that the ice is cold so it may cause your skin to red a bit.
2. Alternate between a gentle and anti-acne cleanser
When you have acne, you tend to use anti-acne cleanser but using too many can actually lead to over-dry skin and exacerbate your acne by making your skin think it needs to produce more oil. Besides, it may also makes your skin look redder and your pores can be even more clogged. Hence, try to use a mild cleanser that cleans and instantly hydrates in the morning and use an anti-acne formula in the evening.
3. Apply pimple sticker on it
With pimple sticker, it provides just-the-right amount of an active ingredient to the area. Most important is it keeps it from getting wiped away on your pillow or wiped away. Plus, it also keeps your hands off it! I know most of us tend to have the habit to touch our pimple from time to time to see whether it has flatten out, but trust me, your acne won’t go away, it will only get worsen the more you touch it.
4. Apply moisturiser
As much as you think your skin is oily and you need to dry breakouts out. Never ever skip applying your moisturiser! This is due to the moment you dry out your skin too much, it may begin overproducing the oil as it craves to stay balance. So stick to a water-based moisturiser to prevent this from happening. Oil balance and water balance are two different things. Excess oil causes acne, water doesn’t!
5. Take probiotics
According to studies, with the help of probiotics, it heals acne as it consists of “friendly bacteria” that improves digestion, prevent constipation, synthesise Vitamin K, and keep a balanced pH level (a huge yes for acne sufferers). Probiotics can be take as a supplement or found in food such as yogurt.
6. Cut down on sugar and dairy
It’s time to put down that ice-cream. Studies found that foods with high glycemic index and foods that contain dairy can not only worsen acne, but trigger it too. A healthier diet includes brown rice, whole wheat bread, chicken, fish, fresh fruits, vegetables, and without processed foods is more effective in controlling acne.
7. Reach for over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream
I bet every house has this white creamy stuff which you apply on your mosquito bites. Apply it directly on a pimple as it can reduce inflammation quickly. In some cases it can also prevent the formation of a dark spot where the pimple was. But know that less is more and you only want to apply it right on a specific pimple once and not all over your face. That’s because hydrocortisone contains a steroid, so over applying it can actually worsen a breakout.
8. Always remove your makeup before you work out
I know you barely have time to work out and sometimes you just want to look cute when you do. However, when you work out, sweat is coming from pores and that’s exactly where your makeup sits. Even worse, when you touch your face and press whatever bacteria is at the gym into your skin. This not only puts your skin at risk for forming new pimples, but also making the ones you have become worse. However, if your skin is makeup free, pores can stay in the clear and breakouts are able to heal.
9. Use raw honey
Use raw honey to treat your inflamed acne as honey is an antibacterial that has osmotic effect on the skin and makes your acne look less angry. Make sure you pick up raw honey as anything processed won’t have that antibacterial effect due to the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties are destroyed in the processing.
10. Use a pimple-fighting concealer
If it is necessary for you to put on makeup even when you have acne. Opt for a concealer laced with exfoliating and therefore pore de-clogging salicylic acid.
11. Apply aspirin
Yes, if it can take down a headache, it can take down a pimple thanks to its anti-inflammatory powers. However, only use this on the big red kinds, not every single tiny whitehead that pops up. Just apply it on before bed for a night or two as needed. All you have to do is crush up a tablet and add a tiny drop of water to make a past. Then dab it on the area and let it sit for as long as you can or overnight.
12. Drink green tea
Matcha which is a powerful powder from green tea is seriously a game changer for an awakening skin. Drinking green tea has shown to decrease sebum in the skin, reduce inflammation levels, and even boost the immune system. Besides, it comprises of EGCG which is an antioxidant androgens which have been known for it’s acne-busting ways. It has a way of evening out hormone levels, especially androgens which have been known to cause the skin pump out excess sebum. If you’re suffering from acne, substitute your coffee with a great cup of green tea.
13. Wear sunscreen
Sunscreen, the mineral-based formulas consists of zinc oxide that will speed up the healing process. The SPF will also ward off sun damage that keep a spot lingering long after it’s gone flat. But be sure to use a sunscreen which clearly states ‘oil free’ on the label so that you’re aren’t using one that contains potentially pore-clogging oils.
14. Apply a hot compress
If you know you have red, tender, underground pimples that are difficult to reach with treatments since they can only seep so far down into skin. Instead, apply a warm-hot compress by simply soaking a handkerchief in warm water. This will stimulate your body’s clean up crew cells to come and clear up the spot and bring the gook to the surface.
15. Apply eye drops
Just like aspirin, eye drops which instantly take the red out of eyes also has the potential to do the same for skin. Eye drops act like a vasoconstrictor, which means it closes down small blood vessels. It might not have magic~healing~powers, but it can lessen the red appearance of a pimple, at least for a few hours. Add a drop directly on the spot, or soak the tip of a cotton swap then dab it right on top.
16. Do yoga
When you do yoga poses, it increases the blood flow to the face. It can speed up healing by delivering fresh blood to the area. That doesn’t mean you can do one move and expect to see results tho. Make yoga your daily routine and practise it in the morning or before bed (at night is when skin goes into super repair mode naturally) or hit a yoga class. Just be sure to keep your skin and your yoga mat clean and bacteria free by wiping your mat pre and post workout with an antibacterial wipe.
17. Try a benzoyl peroxide spot treatment
While salicylic acid is a great exfoliator that enable us to get rid of dead skin cells that can clog pores and therefore perfect to help maintain clear skin, it’s benzoyl peroxide that’s able to kill the puss inside a pimple that’s already popped up. Take Note: it can be super harsh so make sure you only put a tiny amount right on the acne and don’t do it more than once a day. It can also bleach your sheets and pillowcases so make sure you place a white towel on your pillowcase before bed!
That’s all for today’s topic.
Everyone’s skin reacts differently, so have fun experiment each remedy to see which one works best for you.
“Confidence breeds Beauty”