Skin Care Acne Treatment
Acne breakouts can appear on the skin at any age, but most commonly occur during periods of hormonal change, including pregnancy, puberty or menstruation. These acne breakouts can be painful and embarrassing and can be difficult to eliminate if not treated. Fortunately, there are many different ways to treat blemishes that will bring the complexion back to its naturally radiant, smooth appearance.
Many people try to treat their skin with soaps marketed for acne-prone or oily skin types. Unfortunately, these types of soaps will dry out the face, and can even cause irritation and inflammation on the skin. People suffering from acne will actually benefit more form using a few natural cleansers, including handmade soaps, non-comedogenic oils or a soap designed for sensitive skin types. Using a natural and gentle cleanser will clean the skin without causing irritation or exacerbating acne breakouts.
Toners tighten the pores while removing any dirt or impurities that the cleansers may have left behind. When treating acne breakouts, it is important to avoid alcohol-based toners, which will cause the skin to become overly dry and red. Look for a toner that has a base of witch hazel or aloe and that does not contain chemical additives touted to fight winkles, which can irritate the skin.
Acne creams typically contain chemical ingredients that are found to eliminate acne. The most common acne creams contain either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Benzoyl peroxide creams are one of the most common acne treatments, but should only be used in the lowest strength to avoid causing side effects, like peeling, severe redness or burning. Salicylic acid can be used on the skin in a higher strength without irritating the skin.
Acne can sometimes become large, painful and puss-filled. This particularly embarrassing type of acne can be treated using a spot treatment. Spot treatments target only the individual breakouts and can heal and dry them out more quickly. Higher strength benzoyl peroxide cream can be used in this fashion, but should only be applied short-term directly to the active breakout. Tea tree oil, a natural alternative to benzoyl peroxide, can be dabbed onto the acne breakout without the usual side effects that the benzoyl peroxide creams have.
Certain facial masks can be used to treat a few different symptoms of acne breakouts. For clogged pores and blackheads, a skin-clearing mud mask can be applied to pull out impurities form the skin. For skin that is acne-prone, yet sensitive and dry, a soothing oatmeal mask made from hot water and raw oats can be spread on the skin to calm and nourish the skin.
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