7 Simple and Proven Ways to Get Rid of Acne

Keep your hands off your face, keep acne at bay!

No matter how tempting it may be, never pick your pimple before bed. While it may look less awful temporarily, by doing so, you are inevitably causing more harm than good. According to dermatologists, once you’ve picked at an acne lesion, it takes longer to heal and is more likely to leave a permanent scar. Unfortunately, heavy-duty makeup and cosmetics are some of the root causes of adult acne. Try to avoid oil-based products since oil-based products can block pores which eventually contribute to breakouts.

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Wash your face regularly

It is necessary to wash your face all throughout the day at regular intervals since the oil glands in our skin are active all day. When the oil gets accumulated with dirt, beauty products, and pollution, it gives rise to the ultimate recipe for clogged pores and breakouts. Even during your workout sessions, the sweat produced gets mixed with dirt and oil, which might trigger acne. So it is absolutely necessary to freshen up after working out and change into a pair of dry clothes so as to avoid skin irritation.

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Use tea tree oil

Tea tree oil, extracted from the leaves of the tree Melaleuca alternifolia, is famous for its antibacterial properties. Tea tree oil is native to Australia and helps fight P. acnes and S. epidermidis, two types of bacteria that cause acne. The application of tea tree oil is a natural way to get rid of pimples organically. It reduces inflammation and lowers levels of acne-causing bacteria. Discontinue use of the oil and consult with a doctor if you see redness and irritation when applied to the skin.

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Apply apple cider vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is made by fermenting apple cider (the unfiltered juice from pressed apples) and is famous for its ability to fight different types of bacteria and fungi. One needs to be extremely cautious while applying ACV since it might trigger skin reactions. You can apply the solution (ratio of 1:3) to the pimples twice a day for about 30 seconds and then wash them with water. Succinic acid found in this vinegar has antibacterial properties while lactic acid, another acid found in ACV, helps in the disappearance of acne scars. ACV also contains citric acid, which has been found to kill P. acnes.

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Apply green tea to the skin

Green Tea is filled with antioxidants and bacteria-fighting properties that make it a very effective choice for acne-prone skin. Green tea works wonders when applied directly to the skin and helps in reducing swelling and redness. It contains flavonoids and tannins, which further aid in diminishing the acne-causing bacteria. Another antioxidant found in green tea is epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which fights inflammation and inhibits the growth of P. acnes.

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Moisturize with aloe vera

Aloe vera, a tropical plant, is one of the most renowned ingredients in the skincare world that contains salicylic acid, cinnamonic acid, and sulphur that really helps in soothing the skin while minimizing redness. Applying fresh aloe vera gel can reduce inflammation and promote skin repair by drying up the pus in the pimples and inhibiting the growth of acne causing bacteria .

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Get professional help if required

For individuals suffering from cystic acne, a combination of topical products and clinical treatments could be the right way to go. In severe cases, it is advisable that you consult a dermatologist who will be able to treat your irritated skin with medications such as oral antibiotics, hormonal medications, Isotretinoin (a derivative of vitamin A), etc.

Depending on the severity, the doctor might suggest a spot treatment to get rid of stubborn pimples. The primary ingredients in such treatments consist of Benzoyl peroxide, Salicylic acid (exfoliation, remove blackheads and unclog pores) and Retinoids (boosts cell turnover and preventing them from clogging).

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