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Acne is a common skin condition that affects people of all ages. Although it is not a severe health problem, acne can cause emotional stress and permanent skin discolorations. Fortunately, there are many tips you can follow to reduce the severity of your acne. The leading cause of acne is excess oil production in the skin, which clogs pores and causes breakouts. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution for acne, there are many things you can do to improve your symptoms. Here are ways to improve acne:
1. Avoid touching your face: Touching your face can transfer oils and bacteria to your skin, which can cause acne.
2. Wash your face twice a day: Washing your face removes excess oil and dirt from your skin, which can help reduce the severity of acne breakouts.
3. Use a gentle cleanser: A harsh cleanser can strip the natural oils from your skin, making it more prone to acne. Choose a mild, non-comedogenic cleanser that is designed for acne-prone skin.
4. Avoid using harsh scrubbers: Scrubbing your skin can irritate the pores and worsen acne. Use a soft cloth or sponge when washing your face.
5. Don’t pop pimples: Popping pimples can lead to scarring and severe acne.
6. Exfoliate: Briskly rub a gentle scrub or loofah on your face a few times a week to remove dead skin cells and reduce the build-up of oils in your pores.
7. Use oil-free moisturizer: Moisturizing can worsen acne by clogging pores, so use an oil-free moisturizer that won’t trigger more breakouts.
8. Spritz your pillowcase with rubbing alcohol before you go to bed: Rubbing alcohol will help prevent P acnes from growing overnight, which can reduce pimple size in the morning.
9. Apply Aloe Vera gel to breakouts: Applying aloe vera gel to acne can help soothe inflammation and reduce the appearance of pimples.
10. Drink plenty of water: Drinking water helps flush out toxins from your body, which can help reduce the severity of acne breakouts.
11. Eat a healthy diet: Eating a balanced diet helps keep your skin healthy and free from blemishes. Make sure to include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet.
12. Avoid processed foods: Processed foods are high in unhealthy fats and sugars, contributing to acne.
13. Reduce your stress levels: Stress can aggravate acne, so try to find ways to relax and de-stress throughout the day. Yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises can all be helpful.
14. Get enough sleep: Not getting enough sleep can cause your body to produce excess oil, leading to breakouts.
15. Eat green leafy vegetables: This will help clear pores and give you a healthy glow.
16. Get enough sleep: Getting enough sleep can help reduce the symptoms of acne, so aim for 7-8 hours each night.
17. Use antibacterial soap: Soap with triclosan or benzoyl peroxide will kill the p acnes that cause pimples. This will prevent new breakouts from forming.
18. Apply tea tree oil to your skin: Tea tree oil has natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties that can reduce the symptoms of acne.
19. Reduce stress levels: Stress can aggravate acne, so try to find ways to relax throughout the day. Yoga, meditation, deep breathing exercises are all helpful in reducing stress levels.
20. Shampoo your hair regularly: Unwashed hair collects oils that increase sebum production and worsen acne breakouts. Shampoo your hair at least once a week to keep it free from oils.
21. Use a humidifier in the winter: Heating systems can dry out the air, leading to dehydrated skin and increasing the likelihood of acne breakouts. Use a humidifier in your home to help add moisture to the air.
22. Take omega-3 supplements: Omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for overall health, and they can also help reduce the symptoms of acne.
23. Avoid excessive sun exposure: Excessive sun exposure can cause skin damage and wrinkles, as well as aggravate acne symptoms. Always use sunscreen outdoors and avoid being in the sun during peak hours.
24. Use a topical acne treatment: Applying a topical acne treatment such as benzoyl peroxide, or salicylic acid can help reduce the symptoms of acne.
25. Apply ice to pimples: Applying ice to pimples can help reduce inflammation and swelling.
26. Use an over-the-counter acne cream: Many over-the-counter creams can help reduce the symptoms of acne. Talk to your doctor if you’re looking for an over-the-counter option.
27. Drink herbal tea: Herbal tea has many anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the symptoms of acne.
28. Take a zinc supplement: Zinc is an essential mineral that is beneficial for overall health, and it can also help reduce the symptoms of acne.
29. Use a clay mask: Clay masks can help absorb excess oils and clear pores.
30. Apply a spot treatment to individual pimples: Applying a spot treatment such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to individual pimples can help them heal faster.
31. Use a concealer to cover up blemishes: Concealers can hide blemishes and make them less noticeable.
32. Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables: Eating a healthy diet is essential for overall health, and it can also help reduce the symptoms of acne.
33. Use natural oils to moisturize your skin: Natural oils such as jojoba oil or coconut oil can help hydrate dry skin and protect it from breakouts.
34. Quit smoking: Quitting robs your skin of much-needed oxygen, which causes cells to die faster; in addition, when you inhale smoke, your body produces free radicals that damage collagen fibers in the skin. This accelerates aging and causes the skin to sag.
35. Apply aloe vera gel: Aloe vera gel has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce the symptoms of acne and moisturize the skin.
36. Eat whole-grain bread: Whole grains are high in fiber, which can help control blood sugar levels and prevent breakouts caused by hormonal fluctuations throughout the month.
37. Try mineral makeup to cover up acne: Mineral makeup is made from natural minerals, and it can help cover up acne without clogging pores.
38. Drink fresh juice: Drinking plenty of fresh juice helps keep the skin hydrated and reduces acne symptoms.
39. Avoid touching your face: Touching your face can spread bacteria and cause breakouts.
40. Use homemade scrub: Homemade scrubs can help remove dead skin cells and clear pores.
41. Take a probiotic supplement: Probiotics are beneficial for overall health, and they can also help reduce the symptoms of acne.
42. Eat less sugar: Overeating sugar can lead to hormonal fluctuations and increase the likelihood of acne breakouts.
43. Avoid eating greasy foods: Eating greasy foods can cause the body to produce excess oil.
44. Use coconut oil: Coconut oil has antibacterial properties that can reduce the growth of bacteria on your face, which will help prevent pimples and blackheads.
45. Avoid dairy products if you have acne: Some studies suggest that eating dairy products can increase testosterone levels in the body, exacerbating acne symptoms.
46. Wash your face twice during a day: Washing your face regularly is an essential part of any skincare routine; washing too much or too little can lead to excess oil production or dehydration, respectively.
47. Apply apple cider vinegar with a cotton ball: Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties that can reduce the growth of bacteria on your face, which will help prevent pimples and blackheads.
48. Stay away from spicy foods: Spicy foods contain oils that irritate the skin, which can cause breakouts.
49. Try a green clay mask: Green clay masks are made out of natural minerals, so they have no adverse side effects on the skin.
50. Avoid Alcohol: Alcohol can dehydrate your skin, aggravating acne.
51. Use tea tree oil: Tea tree oil is believed to kill acne-causing bacteria and help speed up the healing process for blemishes.
52. Try an oatmeal facial mask: Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce redness; it also helps ease dry, flaking skin that exacerbates acne symptoms.
53. Use cucumber to tighten the pores: Cucumbers contain vitamin A and caffeic acid, both of which are beneficial for the health of your skin.
54. Apply egg whites to fight blackheads: Egg whites have astringent properties that help tighten pores, remove excess oil and reduce breakouts caused by bacteria.
55. Use baking soda to exfoliate your face: Baking soda is a natural cleanser that can help remove dirt, oil, and dead skin cells from the surface of your skin.
56. Eat more foods high in zinc: Foods high in zinc are believed to reduce acne symptoms and help heal breakouts faster.
57. Reduce stress levels: Stress causes hormonal fluctuations that increase the likelihood of acne breakouts; therefore, reducing stress levels will benefit your overall health and improve your skin condition.
58. Check for allergies: Some people may be allergic to certain types of food or everyday ingredients that can cause their body to produce excess oil, which will worsen acne.
59. Use a facial mask once a week: Using a facial mask is an excellent way to keep your skin clean and healthy.
60. Avoid hot showers: “Hot water strips the natural oils from our bodies. By limiting hot showers, you’ll give your skin time to repair itself and remove excess oil.
61. Apply toothpaste on pimples for instant relief: Toothpaste dries out whiteheads and blackheads by absorbing excess oil from the skin’s surface.
62. Switch from liquid soap to bar soap: Liquid soaps contain harsh chemicals that irritate the skin and exacerbate acne symptoms.
63. Limit sun exposure: Sun exposure can increase the production of sebum, which will worsen acne symptoms.
64. Use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher: Sunscreen helps protect your skin from harmful UV rays, which can aggravate acne symptoms.
65. Eat broccoli, salmon, or other foods high in omega-3 fatty acids: Omega 3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce redness and swelling caused by acne symptoms.
66. Try witch hazel to reduce breakouts: Witch hazel has natural antibacterial properties that help control acne-causing bacteria’s growth on your skin.
67. Use a humidifier at night: Dry air from home heating systems can irritate the skin, which will worsen symptoms of acne. A humidifier will add moisture to your bedroom, making it a better environment for clear and healthy skin.
68. Read product labels carefully: Ingredients that you may be allergic to or don’t agree with your skin condition should not be used on your face – this is very important when shopping for new facial products!
69. Get plenty of exercises: Exercise releases endorphins, which have mood-boosting effects and can help reduce stress levels – both of which are known to aggravate acne breakouts.
70. Eat yogurt: Yogurt contains probiotics, which help keep the balance of good and bad bacteria in your gut – this has positive effects on your overall health, including the condition of your skin.
71. Seek professional help for cystic acne: Cysts are complicated to treat on your own; professional care is the only way to ensure that cysts are treated quickly and effectively.
72. Do not use oily products: Oily products such as moisturizers and foundations can lead to blackheads and whiteheads.
73. Reduce consumption of processed foods: Processed foods contain artificial ingredients that may worsen acne symptoms.
74. Try medicated lotions or creams: Lotions and creams that include salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acid, and other ingredients known to fight acne breakouts can help speed up the healing process and reduce new acne from forming.
75. Try clay masks: Clay masks help draw out impurities from the skin and tighten pores – this can be especially beneficial if you have oily skin.
76. Don’t over-wash your face: Washing your face too often (more than twice a day) can strip your skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness and an increase in acne symptoms.
77. Use homeopathic treatment: Homeopathic acne treatment can help treat the acne from the root cause and may be a more affordable option than conventional acne treatments.
For more information on acne, you can book an appointment with a homeopathy doctor through OHO Homeopathy!