We all want healthy glowing skin. We dream of facial skin devoid of pimples, scars, pores, bumps, uneven skin-tone, hair etc. However, not all of us are fortunate or blessed to have flawless skin genetically. That is why, it is very important that we have a skin-care routine that suits our skin. We might not be able to stop the nature’s course, but we might just be able to lessen the intensity.
Here, I am giving a few tips for acne. I have followed these myself when I am on the verge of breakout/s and seen results. So you can be rest assured they are tried and tested. And also no side effects like rashes or anything.
1. Apply toothpaste
Yes, toothpaste works wonders. Get a little bit of it on the tip of your finger and gently touch the finger on the acne. Dab, do not rub. Make sure most of the acne surface is covered, especially the tip. Do this when you are about to go to sleep. Leave it overnight. The acne won’t magically disappear, but you will be able to see the change. If it stays on, continue the same for the second day.
2. Tea tree oil
Another remedy for day-time. To apply it, get an ear-bud (Q tip) invert the tea tree oil bottle with nozzle above it, so a drop falls on the cotton. Press/Dab it on the area of acne. Again, don’t rub it in.
It will burn a little for a little while, but it is kind of faint tingling feeling. This too won’t make acne disappear dramatically. But yes, it will dry soon. It is available in most stores that sell cosmetics. Better buy it at an Ayurvedic store.
Tip: Avoid using too much of it. It peels the skin. If it is skip application for a day or two. I use it once a week.
3. Home made face pack
That has gram flour(besan), turmeric and lemon. Apply once every day. When I can feel the acne coming up, I do it everyday in the evening. Else I do it every 2 or 3 days once.
4. Avoid dust.
Wrap your face in a scarf/stole if you must. It is ok if you look like a dacoit and ignore the stares. Your skin is what you’re trying to save, and stares are a very petty price to pay for it.
5. Find out the cause
Sometimes acne are caused due to an external agent, not only hormones. It might be something you eat, a dirty pillow, unwashed hair/dandruff or something else. Try to find a pattern of what you did when you get pimples. If you happen to find out, avoid doing that to see if it stops acne from appearing.
6. Do not pop that pimple
Take your hand off. RIGHT NOW!
I know, because I used to do it all the time. So much so that it got into my subconscious mind. I didn’t even notice that I was doing it.
This is the worst thing you could do to your skin. Don’t touch it again and again. Don’t let your nails touch the pimples. Don’t pop pimples because it leaves an unclosed pore, ready to take in more dirt and cause infection. The puss could spread around and cause more pimples. And your friends will be grossed out if they see you do that. No, really.
Stop touching your face all the time. Period.
7. Don’t get facials and cleanups done at beauty parlours
Yes, no chemicals until you heal. I don’t need to say more. If you want to clean your white/blackheads, do it at home after a good steam. Get yourself a blackhead remover (ref pic). I got mine from the Health & Glow store in India. It is available online as well.
8. Go to a doctor
Acne are after all a skin problem, and we can do only so much at home. Go to a good dermatologist if your problems persists/worsens. It might be something that you can’t find out by yourself (like a fungal infection). Get treated and diligently follow the routine the doctor suggests.
Before visiting the doctor, make sure you get a few good reviews about him/her. You don’t want an inexperienced handling your skin.
My acne scene is right now little better than in the below picture. So, again, I’m not an expert in this. I am sharing what got me to this level. Trust me, it was much worse.
I wish you an acne free skin. You mostly feel good if you look good. At-least I do. And a skin that looks good and feels good is a big part of that.