We know acne as a teenage hormonal problem, a bane for those with oily skin that if not treated, can leave behind ugly scars for life.
Essentially, however, it is not just a teenage problem. If not treated on time, it can continue well into the 20s and 30s as well. For acne to be banished for life, it must be treated internally as well as externally. Like in any other condition a right diet-free of excess oil, topped with high fiber, fresh vegetables, fruits and plenty of water and hydration will help control the acuteness of the problem to a large extent.
If you have blackheads, excessively oily skin or large visible open pores, you will be prone to acne. Most people do not have any problem in recognizing acne. There, however, are a few other kinds of skin conditions that resemble acne closely but are actually quite different.
1. Make lifestyle changes: don’t expose yourself to hot and humid weather, eat light fresh and non-oily food, wash the affected area and keep it dry and clean.
2. If the condition is so bad as to create problems in your everyday life, seek medical help.
3. It is also a good idea to visit your local aesthetician/beautician and take on-going treatment for the condition. Monitor the improvement and be ready to change your course of action if things are not working out.
4. There are two aspects of treatment for acne; the first being medical drug treatment and the second being skincare suggested by an experienced cosmetologist.
Daily skin care
1. Be most conscientious in following your daily skin care routine. There must be no skipping of any step until the condition is corrected.
2. In the morning: wash your hands thoroughly, moisten your face with warm or running water and wash it with a medicated or antiseptic soap. Choose a light liquid cleanser with ingredients that inhibit the growth of blemish-causing bacteria. Rinse thoroughly with clear, running water. Pat dry with a clean soft towel.
3. Saturate a cotton pad with an astringent and wipe the face clean with it. Astringent will freshen up the face, reduce excess oil and refine the texture of the skin. Apply a few drops of Tea Tree oil. Allow it to stay on until it dries.
4. Apply a medicated cream on all the pimple spots. One that is greaseless and skin- tinted will not be obvious on the skin. This will work to dry and heal the pimples. Apply calamine to which a drop of clove oil and mint oil has been added on all pimple spots.
5. At Night: repeat the morning regime. Sometimes, there may be dry areas on the skin such as on the throat, under the eyes and sides of the face. Use an appropriate moisturizing or lubricating preparation. Never apply an emollient cream to any blemished area.
6. Twice weekly: deep cleanse with a friction: wash to control blackheads and keep the pores free from clogging of excess oil. Wet the face with warm water. Pour about a teaspoonful of cleansing granules into the palm of one hand; add just enough water to work into a creamy foam. Apply to the face with finger tips; concentrate on blackheads and areas of excessive oil. Massage gently for a few seconds and rinse thoroughly. Oiliness and blackheads can pose a problem on shoulders and back too. Use the cleansing granules to friction-wash this area when you are in the shower and apply a healing medicated cream to any eruptions before dressing.
Do’s and Don'ts
1. Avoid using oil-based creams, ointments and make- up products.
2. Do not rub, squeeze or pick pustules.
3. Follow the skin care routine scrupulously.
4. Do not use any beauty soaps or moisturizers.
5. Try to live as stress-free as possible.
6. Supplement your diet with an additional vitamin B12.
7. Avoid deep frying while cooking as this exposes your skin to flying grease.
8. In case of severe acne, consult a doctor.
Keep yourself away from What aggravates Acne
1. Continual touch and picking: Constant touching, picking, piercing and breaking of acne and applying pressure will increase acne and may even lead to scarring.
2. Consumption of fried, oily food and even exposing oneself to cooking and frying can worsen the acne condition.
3. Ongoing tensions and worries: these are definite acne aggravators. Students will find acne popping out more during exam times.
4. Hot and humid weather- intense heat and humidity often leads to excessive sweating. This coupled with low evaporation of sweat irritates the acne.
5. Use of wrong cosmetics- unfortunately, some make-up products and skin creams contain derivatives of fatty acids and oils, which are potent acne stimulants. The biggest culprits amongst the skin-care products are vanishing creams that have high absorption rate.
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