First off, im not acne prone, for which i am actually happy. But then, i guess its just normal that there would be a few zits popping every now & then. Who likes those pesky zits?! Until now there are still some (mostly when i am not able to fully take all my makeup off)... but i know how to deal with them now...compare to before...
I always believe that natural skin treatment works better than those topical expensive chemical-laden creams. You just have to do your researches. Find out the contents of most acne-fighting ingredients then find the natural counterpart of it. Acne creams do work but if you can find something that won't cost you that much & still achieve the same effect, then why not opt for the natural ones?
Okay, so here are my info, tips & tricks:
- Tea Tree Oil really works. The oil is known to be antiseptic & anti fungal, which is why some (if not most) pimple-fighting products have tea tree on them. Just dab a little of the oil on the spot where there are red bumps after your night regimen & wake up the next morning without worrying about the bump that you felt last night. One small bottle of this oil goes a long way! you can even use this to treat blisters...its antiseptic & anti fungal,remember?
- Keep your hands off it. Don't give in to the urge of popping it. If you pop it, you will risk it getting infected & might result to ugly blemishes afterward. Just wait it out. Now, if you can't really keep your hands off it & is itching to pop the patooty out of it, make sure that you pop it if you can already see the white-yellowish puss underneath the skin. It goes without saying that you need to use tools that are really clean (sterile) to avoid it from getting infected. Try to pop it after taking a shower so your skin is soft & you won't have to keep on tugging it. You can also put a warm compress over it to open up the pores. Gently pop it until all the dirt have come out. Then cover it with a cotton pad.
- Tie your hair in a bun...Just make sure that your hair is away from your face...especially the tips of your hair.
- Try to minimize the use of makeups. If you can't help it just remove all make up before going to bed. No matter how many people claim that their make up brands are safe to even sleep on, you don't want to risk your skin. Its better off sleeping with a clean face than a makeup-laden face You don't wanna wake up with bumps on your face all because you forgot to take it off last night.
- When you shower, make sure you wash your face AFTER you shampoo & condition the hair. If not, then the oils from the conditioner might 'go down' your face & clog your pores. So its best to wash your face after you clean your hair.
- Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize...even if we have oily skin, it doesn't mean that we don't need to put moisturizer on. Just like what the person above me said, the more you don't moisturize, the more your skin will produce oils. Too much oils (again) will clog pores & will result in pimples.
- Use products that are non-comedogenic. It means that it won't clog your pores.
- Deep Cleanse your face at least every month. Clay Mask works wonders! I know, that might sound expensive..but you don't need to go to the facial salon just to do that. Have a facial sauna.You can just use a deep cleansing mask at home. You can even do a kitty litter mask.Im serious!A clean kitty litter of course! Kitty Liter is made of bentonite clay...much like those expensive clay mask.
- Drink lots of water!It helps on keeping the skin healthy. This is a proven fact.
- Make sure you exfoliate. Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells & reveals the new skin cells. You can use a facial scrub if you want to, but i find that baking soda also does a good job in exfoliating my face. Or you can even mix sugar & oil together then massage it on your face with a circular motion.
- Make sure that you protect your face from the sun. That doesn't mean that you need to wear hats all the time..lol..but make sure that you apply sunblock or a moisturizer that has SPF of at least 15. Sunshine won't help dry out pimples, instead it can stimulate oil production on our glands therefore resulting in pimples.
- Know your words...keeping a tab on the important chemicals that help fight zits are important, such as Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide.