Blemishes, acne, unstable skin, papules, pustules, whiteheads,
abscesses, cysts – you name it…
Most people have felt the irritation and frustration of skin blemishes on your face or other parts of your body.
The frustration of using anti-acne skin care products that do not work or may even aggravate the problem.
The frustration when you have acne or breakouts. Even though blemishes are not dangerous, they can be irritating, especially for teenagers.
The frustration of having breakouts when you are no longer a teenager.
Fear not! With this guide you will become your own expert on treating acne and skin breakouts without irritating your skin or wasting your money.
Hormones cause blemishes
Breakouts occur mainly because of hormonal imbalance. Among these are being a teenager, menstruation, pregnancy, menopause, high doses of medication, and stress.
For example, if the body produces more sex hormones, the sebaceous glands increase the production of fat in your skin – and this increased level of fat is a fantastic basis for acne and blemishes.
It can be difficult to change your hormone levels, unless you take birth control pills or other similar medications.
Eating a healthful and varied diet, having a daily exercise routine, and avoiding stress helps the good hormones in your body flourish.
Skin care can cause blemishes
Skin care products are a strong tool to treat blemishes, but if you use products that are harsh and irritate your skin, your breakouts will become worse. For example, a harsh product can help “burn away” a superficial blemish, but at the same time, the skin is irritated and more blemishes will appear. So in reality, harsh products can cause a vicious circle.
Many natural essential oils can also cause acne.
Choose skin care products that are perfume-free, free from dyes and drying alcohols.
The solution is a gentle skin care routine — one with simple but effective ingredients will reduce blemishes and in time remove them completely.
Milk can cause blemishes
Cow’s milk contains massive amounts of hormones, so it can help to remove it from your diet. You should reduce or completely remove cow’s milk and other dairy products like cream, ice cream, cheese, and butter from your diet, if you experience really bad breakouts with blemishes.
As an alternative, vegetable milk products are both delicious and safe, and will not cause blemishes. You can use almond milk, rice milk, soy milk, or oat milk on your cereal, and you will still get the necessary requirement for calcium every day.
Get rid of blemishes effectively
If you are consistent in doing this simple 3-step skin care routine to fight breakouts, you will find that skin care products can remove blemishes and reduce the possibility of new ones.
The skin care routine is the same for blemishes on your back and chest, as well as on your face.
Step 1: Cleanser
If your face is dirty and greasy, the active skin care products will not be as effective as when your face is clean.
You should start your routine by using a mild cleansing product, both in the morning and the evening.
Step 2: Fight
Because blemishes and acne are an inflammation of your skin, you should protect and rebuild it daily with effective and calming ingredients.
This is why you should use an effective BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliation, which will reduce the incidence of new breakouts dramatically and help you get rid of existing blemishes.
You should avoid using a face scrub with granules, because it will be too harsh for your skin.
Step 3: Protect
Since pimples and acne is an inflammation of the skin, you should daily protect and rebuild it with effective and soothing ingredients.
You need to use a product that is compatible with your skin type – people with dry skin can easily experience problems with blemishes and have to use products accordingly to avoid drying out and irritating the skin.
You need to use the same protective ingredients both day and night. During the day, you should always use sunscreen.
Make up and breakouts
Many people feel less attractive or even unattractive when they have breakouts. I think that is a shame!
Acne can certainly be irritating, but you can use make up to hide the problems with your skin.
As long as you use make up that is perfume-free and remember to remove it every night, it should not make your skin problems worse, but instead boost your confidence and self-esteem.
Blemishes are not contagious
The good news is: even if your face is spotty, you will not infect other people – not even with direct contact.
The reason is that the acne bacteria in your skin does not tolerate oxygen and therefore dies upon exposure to the air.
Eat a healthful and varied diet
Since blemishes are an inflammation of your skin, you can help yourself by eating non-inflammatory foods that give your body many healthy nutrients.
Vegetables, fruit, fish, whole grains and many vegetable oils (for example, olive oil) are filled with great things that your body will love.
Make it a habit to eat a healthful variety of foods every day – then there will be room for something a little less healthy on the weekends.
It can be very tempting to squeeze pimples or blemishes, and doing so will reduce scarring, inflammation, and the healing time.
But, if you squeeze them too hard, you can end up with a red mark or even sores that will stay on your skin for a lot longer than the blemish itself.
The answer is to buy a comedone extractor, available at Sephora stores.
Center the opening around the blemish and then, very gently, push the comedone extractor down on the spot and pull it back. This will release the inflammation.
Keep your body going – and love your appearance
When you are doing your absolute best for your blemishes and acne, try to focus on all the beautiful things about your face.
Even if you have acne, people will notice your confidence instead of your blemishes if you smile, stand up straight and have a happy, positive personality.
Physical training and exercise produce positive endorphins in your body, so make sure to exercise daily – and do it in the way that is the most fun for you (for instance, I love to dance while vacuuming the living room).