by Sharayah Hooper
There is nothing worse than waking up, looking in the mirror, and seeing the tell-tale bumps popping up below your skin. Acne begins for many as a teenager and can last years. When one pimple pops up, more tend to follow, until your whole face is a painful, itchy mess.
So, what do you do when you find yourself or your teenager riddled with acne, and you don’t want to go down the road of prescription drugs or treatments? What if you want to go the natural route? There are many paths you can take to naturally treat acne.
To begin, sometimes the best offense is a good defense. Doing what you can to keep away acne before it begins is the most surefire way to keep your skin clear. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles offers tips on how to control breakouts.
The first step is keeping skin clean. Washing your face twice a day helps keep acne at bay. Lukewarm water and patting your skin dry will help prevent irritation. Keeping your hair clean as well prevents grease and oil from gathering and clogging pores around the hairline. Any sweat or grime that gathers on your skin from everyday activities, even sleeping, can bring about a breakout. Keeping these circumstances under control can do wonders when avoiding acne.
The sun can also add to breakouts, so be sure you wear sunscreen and limit direct exposure.
Steer clear of oily makeup to prevent breakouts as well. While this may be an irritating step as teenagers seek to begin wearing makeup or even use it to cover pimples, the oils in these products can wreak havoc on your skin.
Perhaps the most difficult step to prevent acne is trying to avoid stress. This is easier said than done, especially as an adult or adolescent. Your whole life seems to be riddled with it, the social aspect, grades, and more. While it is not necessarily possible to avoid all stress, it is important to take the steps you can to keep it under control.
But as is often the case, even our best efforts cannot always deter acne from rearing its ugly heads. Hubbard Young Pharmacy has some natural tips for treating breakouts after they show up.
When you find the offending pimples or whiteheads, resist the urge to pop them. Pimples inflame your skin and using your hands not only applies more pressure to already sensitive skin but can make the skin dirty as well. Avoiding the urge to pop or mess with the pimples can help prevent them from becoming more painful as well as help prevent future breakouts.
There are a few household ingredients that can also prove beneficial when treating acne. Using aloe vera offers wonderful healing for acne-ridden skin. In addition, a mixture of green tea and honey contains both antimicrobial and antioxidant properties to aid the skin. Apple cider vinegar is another ingredient you may already have around your home that can be used to treat acne. The acids within it can kill bacteria that cause acne to form. As well, the vinegar aids in the healing process after acne clears and can prevent scarring.
Luxe Botanics carries a corrective line that utilizes the kigelia Africana botanical. This botanical from Malawi is used to treat skin ailments, not the least of which being acne. The bioactive compounds within it give kigelia Africana antibacterial and antifungal properties. Luxe Botanics’ line features a corrective moisturizer that regenerates cells and offers pore purification, all while hydrating and soothing your skin. The Kigelia Corrective Serum can also be used to relax skin plagued by many irritations, including acne. Its powerful and calming ingredients can serve as a base for the rest of your skincare routine.
So, don’t let acne become the bane of your existence. Those pesky bumps brought on by hormones or external factors need not keep you from living. There are steps proven to help keep pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads at bay, as well as treatments that will be useful after the fact. And you need not surrender any dedication to natural products because of persistent acne. If you want to avoid harsh chemicals, over-the-counter drugs, or prescription treatments, there are plenty of natural options available. And many of these treatments can be found right in your own home. Those teenage years will come, and with them, acne. But don’t let that stop you from living your life and living it comfortably. There is a solution.