Mostly everyone has had to deal with acne at some point, and one thing is sure, when you have an outbreak, you want a quick fix. But are there quick acne treatments that really work?
There are creams and cleansers, whole acne care systems, home remedies and more. No matter what method you choose, you want fast results to rid your face of the redness and pain and sometimes even embarrassment.
The number one thing you can do to keep acne at bay is to clean your face regularly and exfoliate a few times a week using a gentle exfoliation product. Exfoliating helps the top layer of dead skin to slough off and keeps your pores from getting clogged with dead skin cells. Cleansing with a a cleanser for your skin type is important as well. Dont be afraid of oily cleansers, after all, oil removes oil. You do not want to strip your skin of all oil, when you do this you actually produce MORE oil. Your skin compensates for the lack of oil its used to to make even more oil, which in turn can lead to clogged pores.
There are topical treatments which contain benzoyl peroxide and help to dry up an active outbreak. Be careful to apply this to the pimple only as it can and will severely dry out the surrounding skin.
Other options are salicylic acids, which is just basic aspirin. Simply wet a tablet of uncoated aspirin in your hand until it dissolves a bit. Add a dab more of water and apply to your acne and let it sit for 5 or 10 minutes before gently washing off with warm water. This should only be done 2-3 times a week, after seeing how your skin takes to this treatment.
The American Academy of Dermatology found last year that the combination of salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide worked better together than prescription product
Natural products, such as green tea extract (2%) have been shown to have great promise in the fight against acne. Green tea kills bacteria and should be applied twice daily.
Never squeeze acne when they form a puss-filled whitehead. This can damage the skin, causing scarring, and also push the infection deeper into your pores. Its simply best to allow it to pop and drain on its on, keeping it very clean during this period, while also using a type of clay mask over it to help draw impurities out of the pore. Steaming your face can sometimes help encourage whiteheads to burst, bringing relief from the pain of the pressure a puss filled pore causes.
Dealing with acne is individualized; the same thing wont work for every person. Usually with trial and error a combination that works for you will be easily found.