Keeping your face acne-free!
Speaking as a blessed person, having acne during your teenage hood is probably the worst your hormones could come up with.
It is often said by dermatologists and parents that it goes away with age, but does it really? You might not get it as often or as much as others, but most teenagers get pimples. Of course, I am not a qualified doctor, but of what I have seen and heard, I thought I could give you a few tips of how to keep your face as clean as possible!
- Do not trust all products you buy! It has been proved many times that companies which produce such beauty products use faulty advertisements and sometimes the situation just gets worse, so therefore, you end up being loads of expensive products. If you buy some acne products then make sure they don’t contain any oil or anything you are allergic.
- Do not go to a cosmetician. Most of the solution with products that they offer you, you can perfectly fine accomplish at home! Some mixtures I use are:
- A mixture of honey and sugar: just combine 1 spoonful of honey and 1 of sugar and rub the mixture against the parts you have problems with. You could also just use the honey and it’s most valuable for getting rid of black spots.
- A mixture of tooth paste (yes, tooth paste) and some sugar: again, you mix them and use a soft towel to rub it on your face. Again, best for getting rid of black spots. Also best not to let this sit at night because tooth paste is very strong.
- 1 bottle of salicylic alcohol (2%, because the 3% one gets your skin too dry) with 7-8 tablets of Chloramphenicol and a few drops of glycerin. You could get all ingredients at the pharmacy and it’s affordable, because wherever you live, it’s no more than $10 for everything. Apply only on areas with acne! It also has some medicine in it, so if you don’t trust some teenage girl on the internet (aka me), then please check it up with someone who knows better! P.S. I have not really used it on my skin since I don’t have such problems, but it is a long known recipe and has helped some people I know, so it is still first-hand information.
- If you are prone to a lot of acne then do not apply a lot of foundation! It is tempting, I know but it is really essential! Applying foundation means you close your pores, which means your sebaceous glands have nowhere to pour their juices in, so they turn into black spots, which eventually turn into pimples. So by covering up your acne you are actually creating more.
- Do not squeeze your pimples or black spots. Most of the time you will be either infecting them with dirt on your hands and creating scars or you will be transferring oil from your hands onto your face.
- Drink a lot of water and do some exercise. Make sure to get some Vitamin D from the sun as well, if it’s winter then take Vitamin D pills.
- Wash your face at least 3 times a day. First thing when you get home is wash your face! During our everyday lives we come face-to-face with so many microorganisms, it’s scary to think of it. So, wash your face. It’s preferable not to use soap. Just water and wipe your face with a dry towel. In the winter it’s very dry and you might think the dryness will dry out your pores but it won’t! Your skin is compensating for the lack of humidity and is producing more oils. Therefore after washing your face you should apply a WATER-BASED moisturizing cream. The cream can be a body cream or face cream, there isn’t much difference in this case.
- So here is my final advice: keep your face clean and don’t lean your head onto your hands at school because you are transferring oils to your face!
Just reminding readers that I am not professional but these are some helpful tips that should reduce the problem and leave you will some acne free days! My tips come from the internet and from word of mouth from mothers, sisters and grandmothers. If the tips above don’t help at all then you can consult your doctor as they might have to prescribe a serious anti-acne medication like accutane.
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(picture of Juliana Herz by Hannah Sider)