How to Get Rid of Acne

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Most people find themselves suffering from an acne outbreak at some point usually during their adolescence when they go through puberty. Whether it’s due to hormones or stress. Contrary to popular belief, pimples don’t necessarily mean your skin is dirty or unclean — in fact, over-cleansing can irritate your skin even more. However, hormones aren’t uncontrollable, and there are simple changes you can make to eliminate your breakouts. You can have your glowing, healthy, and pimple-free skin back in no time.



Choosing the Best Solution

Immediate fixes

  1. Try a product with benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide products are available in liquid and cream forms over the counter in most countries. They work by drying out the skin around your pimple, which lets the inflammation subside. Most treatments are just put directly on the blemish, but read the directions to be sure you’re applying it correctly.

    • Don’t use more than the recommended amount and don’t use benzoyl peroxide every day. It can cause too much drying, leaving you with acne scars.
  2. Apply a natural oil treatment to the blemish. Natural oils are a great way to dry out the blemish and force it to open. Tea tree and peppermint oils are the most commonly recommended, but you can also use coconut, lavender, or castor oil. Don’t apply the oil directly, but instead dilute a few drops of it with 20-40 drops of witch hazel. Then, dip a cotton swab into the oil and dab it gently against the blemish. Leave it on for about ten minutes, then clean your face gently with warm water.

    • Take care not to overuse oils – they’re gentler than benzoyl peroxide but can still dry out your skin. Once a day should suffice.
  3. Press an ice pack against the blemish. Ice can minimize the appearance of a zit and help it dry out faster. Wrap a few ice cubes in a washcloth and hold the pack against your blemish for about 30 seconds. You can repeat this up to three times a day.

    • If your face hurts or becomes numb from the cold, stop using the ice treatment.
    Dab a small amount of white toothpaste on it. White toothpaste (not the gel kind) can also help dry out zits fast. Put a bit of toothpaste on the end of a cotton swab and dab it against the blemish. You can leave this on for at least fifteen minutes before washing it off with warm water.
    Try a steam treatment. Steam can open up your pores, causing blemishes to shrink. To steam zits away, you can use a personal steamer or just boil some water and lean in over the steam. Don’t keep a steam treatment on for more than five minutes.

    • If you boil water, be extremely careful leaning over it, and step away if it feels too hot.
    Pop the blemish carefully as a last resort. In certain cases, popping a zit can be a good option. Only do this for whiteheads–zits with white dots at the very top of them. Popping a pimple that’s still embedded under several layers of skin can cause scarring. To pop a zit, clean your hands and your face thoroughly, then wrap a new tissue around your fingers. Position them around the base of the blemish and squeeze gently until the whitehead emerges from the skin. Then, clean your face with warm water and moisturize your skin.

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