Regular visits to dermatologists can burn a hole in your pocket, especially for women, who are generally more conscious about their skin. Around 85% of the population is affected by acne breakouts, and some 5% suffer from it in a severe manner. Medications and regular follow-ups with a doctor do help, but if you have some tricks up your sleeve, then you can take care of your skin by yourself, and save a few bucks while you’re at it.
Tips for Preventing Acne
- Avoid squeezing, picking, or scrubbing the acne, because doing so may scar the skin. Try creams or any other non-aggressive treatment to soothe the irritation.
- Use a fresh washcloth every time you cleanse your face, as used washcloths or sponges play host to a great deal of pathogens.
- Cheat sun exposure, as regular exposure may make the condition worse.
- Keep your hair clean and scalp soothed. Make use of shampoos which have a medicated formula.
- Change your pillowcases, as they harbor oil and bacteria, and sleeping on the same case every night may worsen the condition. So, get your bedding washed as often as possible.
- Shower after exercise, or after any event that makes you perspire. Ignoring this may allow the bacteria to grow in the warm and moist environment of your skin. So, get yourself cleansed whenever you sweat.
- Stuff your diet with antioxidant-rich foods. Common examples include berries, green tea, green vegetables, and fish. Also, keep a track of the foods that make your condition worse, and avoid them.
Tricks for Curing Acne
- Cut a fresh garlic clove, rub it gently over the zit, and secure it with an antibacterial band-aid.
- Make a puree of onions and use it as a face mask.
- Make a paste using fine sea salt and egg white, and use it as a mask.
- Apply honey to treat the skin.
- Take equal proportions of green tea and vinegar, and massage your skin gently with it.
- Apply yogurt to the affected area and leave it for 5 – 10 minutes. Rinse it with cool water.
- Soak a gauze in freshly cooled green tea. Apply it on the skin.
- Drink herbal tea regularly made from Echinacea, lemon balm, rosemary, dill, and parsley, as cleansing the skin internally also proves beneficial.
- Rubbing lemon on the outbreaks also helps in diminishing their appearance.
- Extract the gel-like liquid inside the Aloe Vera plant, and apply it on the pimples. This would help them heal faster and reduce the risk of scarring.
Above all, drink lots of water. It is a fact that people who drink plenty of water and other non-alcoholic fluids, are less prone to develop this condition.