Acne- the most annoying enemy of our skin. Summer may be the favorite season for acne. Acne is enough to ruin your any go-glam look. Do you have acne-prone skin? Are you annoyed with your acne? If yes, then here is the solution. Today you will get complete guidance to deal with your acne-prone skin. So, ladies, just check it out and say goodbye to your acne.
What are acne and acne-prone skin?
Acne, full name Acne Vulgaris, is a noncontagious skin condition characterized by pimples and caused by an inflamed and infected sebaceous gland. Sebaceous glands of our skin plump out an oily material called sebum to keep your skin moist and lubricated. In case of excess sebum production, this sticky material clogs follicles on your skin and their openings called pores. This causes inflammation and turned into acne. Clogged pores that are not inflamed are called whiteheads or blackheads. The skin has a propensity or tendency to develop acne and pimples is called acne-prone skin. Mostly oily skins are prone towards acne because the sebaceous gland produces more sebum in this particular skin type.
What Causes Acne?
Hormones are the biggest trigger for acne. Acne is more common amongst teenagers during puberty. Adolescence is the period when their body starts producing testosterone which directly helps the sebaceous gland in overdelivering sebum. Also, genetics are a factor too. Stress, anxiety, unhealthy diet, and dehydration may also be great factors for acne.
How to deal with your acne-prone skin
Natural remedies or home remedies to cure acne:
- Use red grapes as a cleanser. Red grapes contain resveratrol, which exhibits bacterial activity against Cutibacterium acnes. Cutibacterum is a bacteria that helps the sebaceous gland to produce excess sebum. Grab a few fresh grapes from your kitchen, cut them into pieces, and rub the flesh over your face. Wash your face with clean water after 5-10 min.
- Honey can be great for your skin. Honey contains many antioxidants that can help to clear the waste and debris from the clogged pores and reduce acne. Rinse your face with lukewarm water. Use your clean finger or cotton pad to rub a little honey on pimples. Leave them for 30 minutes and then rinse the honey off with lukewarm water. You can add honey into the face mask too, which also can help you to fight stubborn acne. You can also add cinnamon into the honey, to get a better result. Mix two tablespoons of honey with one tablespoon of cinnamon paste and make a mask. Apply the mask after cleansing and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Then rinse the mask off and pat your face dry. Honey also heals the burn and wounds of acne, try to add honey to them too.
- If you have oily skin then yeast and yogurt mask must be best for you. Make a mask with yeast and yogurt. Combine one tablespoon of brewer’s yeast with a little amount of plain yogurt and create a thin mixture. Apply it in the oily areas of your skin and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Rinse it off with lukewarm water followed by cold water to clog the pores.
- Oatmeal has skin-protecting, hydrating and anti-inflammatory benefits. The anti-inflammatory properties of oatmeal are naturally soothing and relieve irritation. Mix two tablespoons of oatmeal with one tablespoon of baking soda. Add water to it to make a smooth paste. Put it all over your face and gently rub it in. Rinse with cold water afterward.
- Use a turmeric facial mask. Turmeric has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties by which it can significantly improve the severity of skin conditions like acne. Mix ½ chickpea flour with two tablespoons of turmeric powder. Add a little amount of sandalwood powder to it and make a pack with enough water. Apply all over your face and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Rub it gently with your fingers to remove all the paste and rinse it as well.
- Apple cider vinegar contains organic acids which prevent the appearance of acne and suppress the inflammation caused by acne. Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 3 parts water(use more water if you have sensitive skin). Clean your face and gently apply the mixture with cotton balls. Hold it for 5-20 seconds, then rinse with water and pat dry. Repeat this process once or twice per day.
- Green tea is a great anti-oxidant and also helps to reduce acne. Green tea contains polyphenols and epigallocatechin-3-gallate(EGCG) which reduce sebum production and prevent the growth of acne in individuals with acne-prone skin. Steep green tea in boiling water for 3-4 minutes and then allow it to cool. Apply it either with a cotton ball or spray it. Allow it to dry, rinse it off with water and pat your skin to dry. You can also add honey to it and use it as a face mask.
- Use real aloe vera gel to moisturize your skin. Aloe vera gel contains salicylic acid and sulfur which are extensively a great treatment for acne. Scrape the gel from the aloe plant with a spoon and apply the gel directly to your skin as a moisturizer. You can also add it to your daily moisturizer or use it with tea-tree oil. If you don’t have an aloe tree, you can use readymade aloe vera gel as well.
Tips for oily acne-prone skin:
- Oily or acne-prone skin faces maximum skin problems during summer. If you have oily skin, your skincare routine must include a foaming cleanser with salicylic acid.
- Lightweight gel moisturizer and mattifying sunscreen are perfect for your oily skin.
- Try to use a mud-based face mask at least once a week to get rid of excess sebum and dead skin cells.
- The face mask also helps to reduce excessive oiliness. Add a few drops of calamine lotion to cool down your greasy sunscreen.
- You can apply erythromycin gel on your breakout spots at bedtime.
- Do not touch your breakouts, just apply this gel to minimize them.
Tips for dry acne-prone skin:
- A regular skincare routine is one of the best ways to fight acne and dry skin. To deal with acne and dryness, choose products wisely that won’t irritate your skin.
- Try to use a gentle cleanser to remove oil and bacteria without over-drying the skin.
- Try to apply an oil-free and non-comedogenic moisturizer.
- Wash your face once a day. Do not wash more than that, overwashing can make your skin more dry.
- Avoid exfoliating causEe exfoliation itself has a drying effect on the skin.
- Avoid skin care products containing alpha-hydroxy acids. It can strip the natural oil from your skin.
- Try to use products that contain benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid.
- Apply the medication to actual blemishes rather than your entire face.
- Retinoids can be an effective treatment for acne. If you use retinoid medication like adapalene(Differin) or tretinoin(Retin-A), then reduce the use of salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide.
- Try to clean your face with lukewarm water which may feel soothing and relaxing for your skin
- Pat-dry your skin, avoid rubbing and scrubbing.
Tips for sensitive acne-prone skin:
- Do not sleep with makeup. Remove the makeup before bed.
- Wash the make-up brushes regularly. Dirty makeup brushes contain oil and dead cells which can promote acne. Always try to use clean brushes.
- Do not share your makeup brushes or use others. Make brushes can spread acne-causing bacteria. Try to use your own brushes.
- Avoid waxing your face. The ingrowths can cause acne and make it worse for your skin type.
- Try to use a gentle face wash which removes dirt and oil from your skin
- Exfoliate and moisturize your skin on a regular basis. Use lightweight moisturizer. St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub would be best for sensitive skin.
Some general tips to manage acne-prone skin:
- Use a gentle cleanser and moisturize your face regularly
- Eat healthy food and green vegetables. Avoid junk food or oily food.
- Avoid stress and anxiety. Stress can lead to hormonal imbalance which can help the oil glands to produce more sebum and produce acne.
- Avoid touching your face and pimples. Your hands can add more dirt and bacteria to the skin pores which may worsen your acne problem.
- Drink a lot of water and keep yourself hydrated
- Enjoy the sun but avoid sunbeds. Just 15 minutes of sun exposure is enough to dry your sebum and oil.
- Try to use less makeup or go makeup-free. Chemical makeup can cause additional inflammation and clog your pores. You can certainly use chemical-based makeup.
- Do not forget to take vitamin A, zinc, and antioxidant supplements as prescribed.