It feels like acne is a never-ending battle, and that none of the miracle cures actually work. But the good news is you don’t need a miracle cure, all you need are some smart ideas (and a little common sense).
We here at Canstar Blue are ideas people, so these are our top acne-fighting tips.
Acne is caused by a build-up of dirt and bacteria, so a clean face is vital to clear skin.
Washing twice a day (morning and night) with an oil-free face wash will keep you face clean and relatively free of bacteria and other gunk that builds up in your pores.
Why oil-free face wash? Because there is no point getting rid of oil on the face by putting more oil on there; that’s just counter-productive.
While you’re checking the ingredients for oil, look out for salicylic acid; it is an antibacterial that also exfoliates to get rid of the dead skin cells that block pores.
It is best to avoid cleansers containing benzoyl peroxide unless you are advised to use it, as it can be harsh on sensitive skin. This zit-zapping antiseptic is better suited to spot treatments – something that you wouldn’t put on your face every day.
Some experts recommend using a facial brush to give the skin a deeper clean, as it can do a better job than hands alone. However this isn’t essential; and they can vary in price and will sometimes be on the expensive side.
After you’ve washed your face, it is still important to moisturise. Just put on a small amount, and like any product, make sure it is oil-free.
Sun safety is important every day, no exceptions.
If you do have acne or are prone to the odd breakout, it will be beneficial to switch to an oil free sunscreen. All your other face products should be oil-free, so sunscreen shouldn’t be an exception to the rule.
It is also smart to avoid scented products (anything that says eau de parfum, perfume, or fragrance) as they can further irritate the skin, worsening breakouts or existing acne.
The Right Makeup
When you have acne, the first thing you’ll want to reach for is the concealer to cover it up.
But put that concealer back where it came from, and take it easy with the makeup because it’ll only clog your pores, making things worse.
If you’re not willing to embrace your natural beauty and feel that you need makeup, opt for a powder foundation to help dry out your skin, or go out and find yourself some oil-free makeup.
If you haven’t got one already, try an oil-free BB Cream; it is a makeup and moisturiser with SPF rolled into one.
Try: Maybelline Dream Pure BB with 2% Salicylic Acid. Wonderful for those with acne; your makeup will help your skin, rather than clogging up pores and creating more pimples. The only downfall is that it only comes in two shades: light and medium.
Aspirin: an anti-inflammatory that is readily available at home. Try making a paste with crushed aspirin and water or lemon juice. Apply it as a face mask and wash it off once it has fully dried.
Swimming: chlorine in swimming pools dries out your skin, which can be good for an oily face. Just make sure to moisturise the rest of your body and treat your hair afterwards.
Toothpaste: dab a little on a pimple before bed, and it’ll be dramatically reduced by morning. The silica in toothpaste dries out the pimple, in the same way that it keeps moisture out of other things like handbags and shoeboxes (that is what those little silica packets do, in case you were wondering).