Though commonly thought of as a problem for teenagers, blemishes don’t always disappear when you get older. Unfortunately, adults can and do have blemishes too. Whatever your age, it’s wise to be careful what you put on your skin since it will be absorbed into your body.
Scrubbing your face is the worst thing you can do if you’re prone to blemishes. As a matter of fact, if you rub your skin too roughly, it’s more likely to stir up more blemishes and aggravate ones you already have. That makes it important to clean your face gently.
Gently washing your face helps to avoid irritation that will make acne worse. The best idea is to not even use a washcloth. Instead, just splash some water on your face, then lather up your hands with the mild cleansing wash or mild soap.
Once you’ve washed your face, use a clean washcloth to gently pat the water off the skin until it’s dry.
Benzoyl Peroxide Zaps Acne.
Once your skin is completely dry, it’s time to use an over-the-counter medication with benzoyl peroxide. The best non-prescription medication you can use to control blemishes has this active ingredient. Peroxide has long been used to cleanse skin, and benzoyl peroxide is also a mild drying agent.
Use 2.5% benzoyl peroxide as it has been shown to be just as effective as 5% or 10%, and is much less irritating. It’s a bad idea to irritate your skin and make acne worse instead of better.
It’s quite important to start with a SMALL amount of medication. It’s a drying agent and can cause redness and itchiness, so don’t slather on a bunch right from the beginning. Start with just enough medication to very lightly cover your skin the first time, then gradually increase the amount you’re using. Within a couple of weeks you should be slathering a good coating of medication on your skin.
Be careful to stay away from the tender skin under your eyes. It is thinner and more easier irritated that the rest of the skin on your face, and not prone to break-outs anyway.
Since benzoyl peroxide dries out your skin, it’s important to apply moisturizer. Allow the medicine to soak in and wait for your skin to completely dry, then lightly apply moisturizer to your face. Give the moisturizer time to dry, and if you skin still appears dry or flaky, add some more.
Be careful to apply the moisturizer even when first beginning to use benzoyl peroxide. This will keep your skin from drying out too much.
Will A Good Diet Help?
It’s an on and off thing with the scientific community as to whether diet has any effect on acne. Too much iodine will aggravate blemishes, so don’t go overboard with the salt shaker if you’re using iodized salt, or eat too many iodine rich foods like clams, crabs or other shellfish.
However, if you notice that your skin tends to break out more after eating certain foods, ditch the scientific theory of the moment, and avoid those foods. Body chemistry and the effects of foods and other substances on our body is so complex, that scientists don’t always have the definitive answer. (How many drugs have been okayed as safe, only to discover later they have bad side effects?)
When you have a blemish and need help quick, try one of the following:
- If you run out of benzoyl peroxide and have a blemish, try using a little calamine lotion. It helps absorb excess oil, and can kill the blemish.
- Once you’ve got your face washed, use an ice cube for 60 seconds on any blemishes. The chill helps reduce the inflammation and make them less noticeable.
- It’s better not to squeeze! It may seem to allow it to heal more quickly, but will irritate the surrounding skin and may cause more blemishes.
- Watch the make-up. Especially bad for blemish prone skin is any kind of oil based make-up. Look for fragrance-free types of makeup if you wish to wear, the kind meant for people with sensitive skin.
Better Skin For Everyone.
Considering no one wants blemishes, it’s helpful that but a good skin care regimen can usually help or totally eradicate the problem.
Clear skin is the clear goal.