Trying to find the right acne treatment? It can be hard to separate the gimmicks from the real medicine, but it is important to know the right way to treat your acne, since treating your acne incorrectly can make it even worse, and even lead to scarring. Not all acne is the same, though, so it is important to treat the type of acne that you have.
The most painful acne is cystic acne. Cystic acne is when your face or body has pus-filled cysts, which can be painful. They may be large and have white tops, which are filled with liquid pus. While it is tempting to use your fingers to squeeze the cyst, or zit as they are often called, this is a treatment for acne that can be problematic. The pus in the top of the cyst is filled with bacteria, and when you squeeze it, you may push some bacteria back into your body and cause an infection as well as scarring. Instead, to remove the cyst, bring the pus as far to the surface as possible by wetting a washcloth in hot water, and holding it to the cyst for several minutes. Wrap your pointer fingers in toilet paper and use your knuckles to gently apply pressure to the cyst. If it pops, then carefully wipe up the mess, and apply salicylic acid (found in most over the counter acne medications) to the spot. If it does not pop easily, wet the washcloth with hot water again, and hold it to the cyst for several minutes, and try again. Repeat as is needed.
Less painful than cystic acne, but just as annoying, are blackheads. Blackheads are another term for when your pores appear enlarged due to oil, dirt, and other hardened material, like makeup that was not properly removed. They appear black because they are exposed to oxygen. Again, it is tempting to simply dig in with your fingernails to remove blackheads, but this can force the dirt and bacteria deeper which will cause an infection and scarring. Instead, use a Blemish Extractor Tool. These metal instruments have a small metal loop at the end of a handle, which you will place over the blackhead, and gently apply pressure to the skin around the blackhead. This will force the blackhead to the surface, and out of your skin.
For acne cysts that are not pus-filled, but instead are solid without a white top, there is a new tool called the Zeno. This electronic device sends a concentrated heatwave into the acne cyst and kills the bacteria that is inflaming your skin. Once that bacteria is dead, the inflammation will be reduced, leading to a reduced appearance of the acne cyst as well.
When trying to find the right treatment for your acne, remember to be careful not to worsen the acne or cause an infection by carelessly picking at the cyst.
Steps to remember in the prevention of Acne
Our skin is probably the first thing that others notice about us. That being said, most of us want to know how we can achieve good skin that will get us noticed and make us stand out from the crowd. Read on for some simple techniques that can give you magnificent, glowing skin!
Good Skin is Protected Skin
Good skin is something many people feel is out of their reach but it can be achieved. Our skin is the largest organ of our body and is subject to the most unintentional abuse. Therefore, we must protect it just as we would protect any other body part. Since our skin is exposed to environmental toxins and UV radiation directly every single day, we’re responsible for providing it with the protection it needs to be healthy, glowing, and radiant.
Our skin needs to be protected from the sun, wind, dryness, and harsh winter weather. Using a high-quality sunscreen with an adequate SPF year-round is essential if we want our skin to maintain its youthful glow. Don’t worry, your skin will still get a soft glow in the summer while using sunscreen, but it will be protected from harsh UV rays that cause early signs of aging and even skin cancer.
Know Your Type
Knowing your skin type is a vital part of taking good care of it. It is important to determine whether or not you have dry, oily, or combination skin and to use skincare products that match your skin type. Have a skin type analysis performed if you are unsure of your type. Then purchase and use a high-quality cleanser, toner, and moisturizer designed for your skin type. If you want to add extra items to your skincare line, a great place to start is with eye care items. Our eyes are one of the first places we begin to show signs of aging, and keeping them moisturized is the best way to prevent unattractive lines and wrinkles.
From the Inside Out
Don’t forget that one of the important ways we achieve good skin is by nourishing our bodies on the inside. Many common skin problems, such as acne, can begin with poor nutrition. By eating a healthy diet including plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as consuming 6-8 glasses of pure water daily, we can contribute to great-looking skin that comes from within!
Head to Toe Care
Remember that good skincare is more than just taking care of your face. Our eyes, lips, neck, and chest are all common areas that begin to show early signs of aging. Who wants the face of a 30-year-old with the neck of someone in her 50s? By taking excellent care of our entire body, inside and out, we can have good skin that will last a lifetime!