People who suffer from adult acne are well aware that the fight against this dreaded skin issue is long and tiring. And if you’ve noticed an influx of these pesky zits on your face in the past couple of months, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Thanks to face masks, even those who never had to deal with breakouts, are now having a tough time looking in the mirror.
Due to the sudden rise of acne, many at-home treatments and over the counter products have taken over social media but before you try them out in desperation, read through this article. After all, each product reacts differently on different skin, so just 'coz a product may have worked for a friend, doesn’t mean it will work for you.
Salicylic acid, tea tree oil, benzoyl peroxide ---- these are famous ingredients in acne-fighting products but it's important to note that their functions differ from each other.
Salicylic acid: Clogged pores are one of the major reasons for breakouts. This ingredient helps clean out pores and prevent clogging, in turn, reducing the chances of developing blackheads, whiteheads and pimples.
Benzoyl peroxide: If you have an inflamed pimple, this is the ingredient you need. It kills acne-causing bacteria and prevents them from reappearing.
Azelaic acid: If you are tired of dealing with cystic acne and rosacea, this acid helps reduce inflammation.
If wine and cheese have become your staple during this quarantine, chances are these are the culprits responsible for your acne. Dairy, alcohol and refined carbs are high in sugar and are the leading cause of breakouts. If you need to be sure, you can do your own at-home experiment --- avoid these products for 3 – 4 weeks and see if there’s any improvement.
Sulphates are the biggest enemy when it comes to skin and hair. Most of these acne-fighting face washes contain harsh ingredients including sulphates that further damage the skin. If you are looking for a good face wash, switch to organic products that are enriched with essential oils.
We may not have flying cars in 2020 but we do have light treatment. Light therapy has proven to be quite useful in treating acne and other skin issues. This treatment can be done in-office or by a facialist. It mainly consists of two lights --- blue and red, both of which work together to get rid of the acne-causing bacteria on the skin, reduce inflammation without leaving behind any marks as well as eliminate acne spots on the skin.
Not all acne is the same. Environmental factors, skincare products and hormonal imbalance can result in acne and breakouts on the skin. So, if you suffer from cystic acne on your chin and jawline, chances are the regular acne-fighting products available in the market won’t work on your skin. To get proper treatment, you will need to consult a professional.
Now that you are more informed about acne, go on and select the right treatment.
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