How to Get Rid of Pimples
Whether you’re 14 or 40 it’s not unusual for a pimple to pop up from time to time, whether it be caused from stress, hormones or bad diet; with these tips you won’t feel like you have to call in sick for work or school because of that pesky little pimple or use up your whole concealer trying to cover it.
No, chocolate doesn’t cause acne but that doesn’t mean you can eat a diet full of processed, greasy and sugary foods and think your breakouts are going to go away. It’s important to have a well-balanced diet; you can’t be healthy on the outside if you aren’t healthy on the inside. A diet full of fruits, vegetables and lots of water is always a good thing.
Cleansing the skin is extremely important, breakouts or no breakouts. Breakouts are caused when the pores get clogged up with dirt’s, oils and dead skin cells so it’s important to cleanse as this will remove that build up. However this doesn’t mean you should rush out to your closest beauty store and buy a super strength cleanser for acne prone skin. A lot of the time chemical based cleansers can strip the skin of all its natural oils which are necessary to maintain healthy skin, this can cause the skin to over produce oils to compensate for the oils lost, resulting in oilier skin AND more breakouts! Instead opt for a gentle, foaming cleanser which is sulfate free, look for ones which contain a citrus base as these are usually beneficial to those with pimples. Try: Sukin Foaming Cleanser, La Mav Sweet Orange Foaming Cleanser,
Spot treatments are fantastic little gems. You only need the smallest amount and WHAM your pimples are gone within a matter of days, some even a matter of hours. Spot treatments work by containing an extra dose of acne fighting ingredients (such as salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide) and are designed to be used in small doses, on small areas for fast pimple cure. It’s important not to use them more then twice a day or you may irritate your skin. Contrary to popular belief toothpaste is not a spot treatment and it should not be used as an affordable, quick substitute for a spot treatment. The fluoride and tartar reducing ingredients can be extremely damaging to the skin. Try: *Burt’s Bees Natural Anti-Blemish Solutions Targeted Spot Treatment, *Benefit B.right Specialist Boo Boo Zap (or if you are allergic to salicylic acid, like me use a 15% strength tea tree oil, sulfur treatment or make a mixture of salt and warm water and apply it to the breakouts)
If pimples are an ongoing problem for you (or you have some bad acne) a facial can be a great way to get rid of some of them pimples. At first it can seem like it’s made your pimples worse but this is often because the facial has drawn out the impurities from the skin.
1. First of all start off by cleansing the skin (twice) It’s an important step that is often forgotten when it comes to giving yourself an at home facial. It’s important to cleanse twice so that all dirt’s, makeup, oils, etc. are removed from the surface of the skin.
2. Next of all exfoliating the skin, it’s best to use a warm, damp facial cloth massaged over the skin in small circular motion (bead and granular based exfoliants can irritate the breakouts further)
3. Fill up a sink with hot water and place your head above the water, the steam will open up the pores making sure you get the best benefits of every product (or just have a warm shower beforehand)
4. Apply a clay based facial mask, these draw out the impurities from the skin and thoroughly deep clean the pores. I like Akin Instant Radiance Facial Mask, U Little Beauty Clay Based Deep Cleansing facial mask.
5. Finish it up with a spot treatment, allowing to absorb for a short period of time and then apply a light, oil free moisturiser on top.
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