Let’s be honest, acne is no easy obstacle to overcome, especially for teenagers. It’s embarrassing, tiresome, expensive and at times, painful. Acne can damage the skin and especially, it can damage a child’s self-confidence.
Typically, acne is caused by bacteria, clogged-pores, oil glands, and dead skin. On the other hand, acne can also be influenced by dieting, medication, hormones, and even stress – it’s no wonder why doctors haven’t found a solution yet. Acne in a way, can be caused by just about anything. Here are a few things to try:
Avoid eating fake food and stay hydrated Avoid foods high in sugar, fat, and too much dairy. Foods that help reduce breakouts and prevent new ones include fish and oysters. A good probiotic is also essential, as is drinking plenty of water to flush out toxins and keep skin hydrated and ward off infections.
Hands off! Research says we touch our face anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 times per day, without realizing it. Something as simple as picking up your cell phone, turning a doorknob, or even touch a handrail can cause us to come into contact with millions of germs.
At-home remedies to try Skin care companies won’t tell you that their products don’t always work for everyone, and these products can be quite harsh. Sometimes you have to rely on perhaps a slower, but more gentle approach and make your own easy remedies, including:
Apple Cider Vinegar: Kills bacteria, balances the pH level of your skin, disinfects
Cinnamon and Honey mask: Cinnamon is antimicrobial, while honey is a natural antibiotic
Yogourt: Soothes irritated breakouts and helps tone down redness
Papaya: Removes dead skin cells and excess lipids, reduces inflammation and prevents pus from forming.
Tea Tree oil: Unblocks pores, cuts through grease, it’s antibacterial and prevents further outbreaks.
4. Wash and moisturize Clogged pores can result in blackheads, whiteheads, and pustules. Gently cleanse your face twice per day. Apply a gentle moisturizer that won’t dry out your skin – otherwise it will produce more oil to compensate for the dryness. Look for a lotion that is “non-comedogenic,” which means it will not clog pores.•
Cody Hill is a graduate from Boise State University, and a writer on health & wellness topics.