top 4 tips for treating adult acne
Acne is not a
problem endured only by teens, we can all suffer from acne at any time in our lives.
(To read about the main causes of adult acne, click here >)
So how do you
treat acne to make sure it doesn’t get worse?
Below are a few easy-to-follow
Tip 1: Wash Gently
When you are experiencing
a breakout, wash your face gently, not vigorously as if you’re trying to wash
away your acne. If you scrub your face you can actually make your skin more inflamed
and your acne worse.
There is a common misconception
that if you scrub your acne you’ll wash away the dirt that may be clogging your
pores and causing the problem. But the problems that clog your pores and create
acne occur much deeper in the pore so scrubbing will not help.
However, there is
an exception. Once a week you should gently exfoliate your skin to scour away
the dead skin cells that may be caught on your skin, unable to fall of on their
own, and which stop your skin breathing and staying healthy. But when you
choose your exfoliating product make sure it is very gentle.
Ideally you’ll use
a product that doesn’t even feel like it’s working until you touch your skin
and notice how smooth it feels after. Such products would contain gentle
exfoliating ingredients such as fruit seeds. Please stay away from products
which are salt- or sugar-based as they are simply too abrasive for facial skin,
with or without acne.
Tip 2: Use a Gentle Cleanser
It is important to
keep your skin clean when you have acne as you don’t want dirt to accumulate and
make the situation worse.
However it is
important to choose a cleanser that is very gentle on your skin and does not
dry it out.
I recommend you,
therefore, stay away from most soap products as they tend to dry the skin.
Rather choose a gentle foaming cleanser but ensure you stay away from ingredients
such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) as these can irritate your skin.
Tip 3: Use Your Hands
When you are washing
your face, wash it using your hands and not a face-cloth or sponge. And make sure
you have washed your hands before you begin to wash your face.
If you use a
face-cloth or sponge you could be transferring bacteria from it onto your skin
and into your pores, making your acne worse or even infected. Bacteria love
water and usually face-cloths and sponges are quite damp so they’re the perfect
By washing your
hands before you use them to wash your face you’re ensuring that any dirt or
bacteria are removed before your hands touch your face.
Tip 4: Treat Your Whole Face
If you are using a
product designed to treat acne make sure you use it all over your face. Don’t
just confine it to individual pimples or spots.
By treating your
whole face you are treating pimples and spots that are still under the skin and
have not yet surfaced. This will reduce the chances of additional breakout
areas on your face. Whereas if you only treat individual spots and pimples you
may find you are treating new areas every day as new spots and pimples surface.