Acne is by far the most embarrassing aspect of being a teenager. For most teens, it can be the bane of their existence. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to prevent major outbreaks. Here are just a few tips that you can use to get those pesky and embarrassing zits under control.
If you have a single large zit or blemish, try using a dab of hydrocortisone cream. Hydrocortisone cream will dry out the spot and help the zit to go away faster. However, it must be used sparingly or it can lead to rebound effects that might be worse than the original acne breakout.
Resist the urge to pick at your acne. It should probably go without saying, but don’t scratch. Scratching will increase puffiness, redness, and irritation. It can even lead to scarring. Never attempt to pop a pimple. If anything, having your hands on your face will just add unnecessary oil and work to further clog your pores.
If you have a sporty or fit lifestyle with vigorous exercise a great way to avoid acne is by wiping off sweat. Allowing sweat to linger on your face once again clogs your pores with dirt and bacteria. If you don’t wipe sweat off constantly, you will develop acne in long term.
You can prevent acne by using sunscreen on a daily basis. Make sure that you don’t stay in the sun for too long. Sunscreen will help your skin in the long run by avoiding damage that can be caused by the sun. Apply sunscreen to your skin in all seasons.
To heal your acne faster, increase your chromium intake. Chromium helps heal skin infections, possibly by influencing cell production. You can get more of it in your diet by taking a supplement or by eating whole grains, raw onions, ripe tomatoes, or romaine lettuce. Taking vitamin C will help your body to absorb the chromium better.
For girls whose acne is brought on by hormonal issues, then starting a birth control regimen can be very effective in fighting those blemishes. Only a doctor can prescribe them to you, so make sure you seek the advise of a medical doctor. By putting your body on a regular hormone cycle, it can clear up those breakouts.
Regular exercise can be helpful when you’re dealing with re-occurring acne problems. Exercise is a great way to release toxins, cleanse the pores (through sweating), and it also helps to relieve stress (which some believe contributes to acne). Stick to natural cotton exercise gear however, as synthetics can trap sweat and bacteria.
Consider adding an overnight treatment to your skin care product line. While you sleep, increases in hormones encourage your glands to create oil. This causes your skin to have a shiny appearance and can also encourage the development of acne. Using an overnight treatment can combat some of these concerns.
In conclusion, acne can be a real pain. However, by using some of the tips mentioned above, you can be on your way to flawless skin. Besides, being a teen is hard enough, without pimples. It sometimes takes trying a few different things before you discover just what is best for your own particular skin type but hopefully, acne is one less thing for you to obsess over.