Dealing with acne can be a harrowing experience – whether it is just that one zit dead centre on the nose or a whole breakout. If you have suffered from chronic acne, here are a few do’s and don’ts you need to keep in mind –
1. Maintain A Hygienic Skin-Care Routine
Gently wash, cleanse and moisturize your face every night before you go to bed, in order to keep your pores free of radicals. Starting a routine is easy, but maintaining one is extremely difficult. You need to ensure that you follow this process meticulously every day to keep your skin looking fresh and healthy.
2. Use Products That Have Benzoyl Peroxide, Sulphur Or Salicylic Acids
Opt for products that contain at least 5% of Benzoyl Peroxide, alpha hydroxy acids such as salicylic acids or Sulphur content, or a combination of all of them for gels, creams and cleansers. These mitigate the growth of bacteria and keep the pores clean.
3. Wash Your Hair Regularly
Wash your hair on a regular basis (preferably 2-3 times a week), to keep your scalp oil-free. To have oily bangs sweep across your face at all times means that the dirt, bacteria and oils from your hair, can drip down your face and increase the chances of your pores getting bunged. If you find that maintaining a regular hair-care routine is difficult, be creative and wear your hair in a high pony!
1. Don’t Use Perfumed Products
Perfumed products can only worsen already-difficult cases of acne, especially if they are present in facial cleansers. Use neutral products with mineral ingredients as far as possible.
2. Stop Touching Your Face
You have no idea where your hand has been through the day. Never touch your face until and unless you have to wash it! It may be a tough habit to break, but you will only improve your acne condition the lesser you touch your face. An unclean hand equals tons of bacteria; and bacteria are not good news for the skin.
3. Don’t Scrub
Contrary to popular belief, scrubbing your face will not diminish acne. Heavy scrubbing will lead to further inflammation of the skin, particularly if you suffer from difficult, bumpy acne.