How to Achieve Acne-Free Skin
When your pores get clogged, acne is the natural byproduct. Sometimes the sebaceous glands work overtime and produce more sebum--the oil that lubricates the hair and skin--than we need. When this happens, it creates a clog that mixes with dead skin cells and bacteria and creates pimples. As common as acne is, it can still be embarrassing to the sufferer. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to achieve acne-free skin.
Wash your skin daily with an antibacterial or mild moisturizing soap, paying close attention to acne-affected areas. Do not scrub as this may irritate the skin. Wash no more than twice daily with warm water to avoid drying out the skin. Rinse your skin well and pat dry gently with a soft towel.
Apply an over-the-counter topical medicated product that contains benzoyl peroxide to acne-affected skin. Read and follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully for use.
Use only oil-free products on your skin. Read labels first to ensure that moisturizers, cosmetics and sunscreens are all-water based. Oil-based products can further clog the pores and make acne worse.
Pull your hair back away from your face and don't touch your face to keep oils off your face as much as possible. Change the linens on your bed frequently to keep the oils from transferring from the fabric back onto your skin.
Apply a paste of uncooked oatmeal and water to acne-affected skin twice a week to help reduce oiliness. Leave the paste on for 15 to 20 minutes before washing it away with warm water and a soft, clean damp cloth.
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