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What Are The Most Effective Acne Treatments?

Jun 19, 2008
If you happen to be a teenager or even adult who suffers from acne, you are likely looking for an acne treatment that works for you. This article includes easy ways for you to effectively treat your acne.

1. You have to leave your face alone- stop picking at your spots. When you aggravate the spots on your face, it increases the amount of sebum your body produces. This will rupture the membranes below your skin; then the infection and sebum that causes acne will spread under your skin, resulting in more spots. It will also increase the likelihood that your skin will become scarred.

2. Wash your face twice daily. It is important that you only wash your face twice daily using a mild soap and if you can buy one that is sulfur based as is specifically designed for acne. But if your skin is too oily then use a soap that has benzoyl peroxide in it. Never use rough sponges, brushes or anything similar in order to wash your face and do not over wash it or it will stimulate the sebaceous glands which will then produce more sebum and so increase the amount of acne that you have.

3. Look at what you are eating. For some people there acne can actually be caused by a food allergy and it is vital that you should avoid eating too much oil or spicy food. There have been recent studies carried out where it has been shown that acne is caused by milk which contains hormones and also seafood which contains relatively high levels of iodine. So wherever possible cut down on these foods and increase your intake of green vegetables, vegetable juices and foods which are rich in zinc as they can help to alleviate the problems associated with acne.

4. Drink plenty of water. If you can drink at least 8 glasses of water each day as it can help to carry waste material out of the body and it really does help to heal and prevent acne flare ups.

5. Opt to not wear makeup. Try to give your skin a rest by not wearing makeup if you don't need to. Makeup can clog your pores, which will cause more spots and blackheads. If you do need to wear makeup, make sure it is a water based product, not oil based. Also be sure to clean your skin before going to bed each night. Also be sure to cleanse your makeup brushes on a regular basis.

6. Try not to use oil products. Many products containing oil will aggravate your acne, such as hair pomades, oil based moisturizers, and oil-based cleansers.

7. Keep your skin clean. Avoid transferring germs and dirt and oils to your face- do not rest your chin on your hands, touch your face, etc. Keep your hair clean and keep it tied back away from your face, particularly when you sleep.

Hopefully the points provided above will provide you with some ideas regarding acne treatment and how to deal with acne should you suffer from it at any point in your life.
About the Author
Learn more about acne treatments, such as using a hand held facial steamer to help care for your skin on the Acne Squad website. Visit http://www.acnesquad.com for more advice about the best acne treatments.
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