Breakouts can happen to anyone, even adults. I am approaching my late 20s and occasionally find myself with a couple pimples or bumps that just need to go away. No matter your age or skin type, there are a few things you can to to zap those zits to help them fade before any big event. As a beauty and skincare expert, and acne sufferer, here are my tips and tricks to help calm unruly skin.
The Right Cleanser
For me, my acne comes from hormonal imbalances or even eating foods I’m allergic to. You may suffer from hormonal acne, stress acne or just random acne from clogged pores. The right cleanser can make a huge difference in improving your skin. I recommend finding one that does not contain any acne medication. Why? Usually your skin only has a few blemishes or clusters of blemishes. By putting this medication all over your face, you’re causing drying and sometimes that drying can lead to more acne or excess oil. My favorite product is Simple Skincare Cleansing Wipes which take makeup off, even eye makeup, gently. They cleanse your skin and clear your pores without any harsh chemicals. If you have dry skin, try an exfoliating cleanser once a week.
Moisturizer used to scare me, because I was afraid it would clog my pores. The key is to find a lotion that is very light that won’t clog pores, won’t get too greasy, and can be worn day or night. I again recommend skipping products that have acne medication, because you’ll get the same problems you could find by using a medicated cleanser. My favorite is Neutrogena Oil-Free Sensitive Skin Moisturizer . The product is very light and since it is oil free, won’t clog up even the oiliest skin. It’s important to moisturize, even if you DO have oily skin, because it will help teach your pores to stop making so much extra oil.
When it comes to acne, spot treating is the best way to stop a break out. Finding a spot treatment that contains either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can combat hormonal acne and clogged pore acne easily. Try Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment to help get rid of acne fast. If you prefer to go a more natural route, try using a little tea tree oil right on the blemish. I find that this shrinks them down within a few hours and it doubles as nail and skin treatment.
My biggest piece of advice is to not pick at your acne. It is very tempting and I have been guilty of it too, but it can cause scarring and makes them stick around longer. I promise they will go away if you just leave them be! If your acne becomes very painful, or just doesn’t seem to be going away, see a dermatologist for more potent prescriptions. You may be prescribed an antibiotic, prescription cream or wash or tested for allergies. Once the source of your acne is discovered, you can begin treating it more aggressively. By following my tips, and staying consistent with your regimen, you can help heal your acne and find your way to clearer skin.