13 Effective Ways to Get Rid of Acne [Beauty Hacks!]
May 14th, 2020 by Diana Ross
Tired of having blemishes and pimples on your skin? Read this! We have a list of effective ways to get rid of acne. Your skin will look clearer than ever!
There are few things in life more frustrating than acne. It’s one of those things that is difficult to ignore because you carry it with you all day and all night. It’s downright annoying.
Wouldn’t it be nice to just be done with it?
There are so many treatments available today to help you get your acne under control. It can make your head spin if you don’t know which way to look for true acne relief.
Look no further!
Here you will find 13 effective ways to get rid of your acne. We’ll cover traditional acne treatments, home remedies, and ways you can get ahead of the game. There’s something here for everyone, so let’s get started!
Whether you’re just beginning to get your acne under control or you’re looking for a way to keep those breakouts at bay, these are a few proven ways to ward off the bumps and redness.
1. Keep Your Face Clean
One of the most common reasons for acne is oil and dirt buildup that leads to clogged pores. It doesn’t necessarily mean your face is dirty. Some skin is just naturally oily.
Washing your face twice a day keeps your pores clear and discourages acne.
It’s a good idea to keep some face-cleansing wipes on hand, as well, for those nights you just don’t feel like thoroughly washing your face. A quick scrub is better than nothing!
2. Eat a Balanced Diet
The food you eat can have noticeable effects on your skin.
An anti-acne diet includes more of the foods that help your skin and less of the foods that contribute to skin issues.
Foods rich in antioxidants, vitamin A, and vitamin E are amazing for your skin.
Simple sugars, on the other hand, spike your insulin levels. This can lead to breakouts. That means you may have to cut back on the sweets if you’re serious about preventing acne.
And make sure to drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated!
3. Keep Everything Clean
Take a second to think about all of the things that come in contact with your skin every day. This includes your bedding, your face towel, your makeup brushes, and your hair.
Those things could be contributing to your acne. So, you should wash them regularly to ensure they aren’t passing dirt, dead skin, or bacteria to your face.
Be diligent about wiping down your cell phone, as well!
4. Don’t Touch Your Face
You don’t have to be super strict about keeping your hands off your face, but it’s something you should certainly be mindful of.
One of the easiest ways to transfer oil and dirt to your face is from your hands.
If you already have pimples on your face, try to avoid popping them. Most people don’t know how to pop pimples properly, and it leads to scarring that lasts longer than the pimple itself.
Now, we’ll take a look at the more traditional ways of treating acne. These are tried-and-true ways to take care of breakouts. You really can’t go wrong here.
5. Find the Right Face Wash
When you’re looking for a face wash, you want one that contains potent, acne-fighting ingredients.
Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are the big two to look for. They are powerful ingredients that fight acne at the source and keep redness and swelling to a minimum.
For sensitive skin, lactic acid is a fantastic alternative.
6. Topical Acne Treatments
Many over-the-counter topical treatments are geared specifically toward fighting acne. They contain a good amount of those powerful ingredients — benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid — to give your acne the boot.
Then, you have the option of using retinoids.
Topical retinoids are usually prescribed by a dermatologist. Retinoids are derived from vitamin A and treat all the common causes of acne (other than hormones).
When using a topical treatment, make sure you use it all over your face and not just the affected areas.
7. Medication for Hormonal Acne
Simply washing your face or using topical treatments isn’t going to help if your acne is hormonal.
Hormonal acne is caused by estrogen and progesterone. It is common in teens going through puberty or adults with hormone imbalance. In adults, it tends to pop up around your chin and jawline.
If your acne is caused by hormones, you can treat it using birth control or anti-androgen medication prescribed by your doctor.
You can also try balancing your hormones naturally through lifestyle changes. Getting enough sleep, exercising, and eating well are all ways to help your body balance your hormones.
The treatments in this section can easily be found around your home in a pinch. They all have some evidence supporting their acne-treating abilities, but they may not work for everyone. You’ll just have to try them for yourself!
Studies have found that people dealing with acne tend to have lower levels of zinc in their blood than acne-free folks.
Taking zinc every day could have a significant impact on how much acne you experience. For most people, the recommended dose is 30 milligrams per day, but if you’re unsure, consult your doctor first.
9. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is very good at fighting the bacteria that causes acne and suppressing inflammation.
Keep in mind that apple cider vinegar is incredibly acidic by nature and could potentially burn if applied directly to your skin. Dilute it in water before using it to treat your acne.
10. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil that fights bacteria and reduces skin inflammation. Using creams with tea tree oil in them will help you treat your acne.
Just make sure you aren’t applying essential oils directly to your skin. It’s extremely harmful. You need to dilute any essential oil in a carrier oil first.
As an antioxidant, honey is a natural way to treat your acne and give your skin a helpful boost.
Use face wash, cream, or lotion that has honey as an ingredient. Apply organic honey directly to the affected skin. Create a honey cinnamon mask to combine two powerful antioxidants in one.
Your pores will love this sweet treat!
12. Aloe Vera
Although it’s commonly used for burns and scrapes, aloe vera is a powerful ingredient for fighting the causes and symptoms of acne.
Aloe vera contains both sulfur and salicylic acid, both used in acne treatments.
It fights bacteria that could be contributing to your acne, and it reduces acne-related inflammation in your skin.
For the best results, use aloe vera straight from the plant to moisturize your skin.
13. Green Tea
Anyone that drinks green tea on a daily basis knows that it’s chock-full of antioxidants. That means it’s a natural treatment for your acne.
When applied directly to the skin, green tea fights against inflammation and bacteria.
Delicious and wonderful for your face!
There are so many different types of acne, but even more ways to treat that acne. You can try a natural route, make lifestyle changes, or opt for medication to kick those breakouts to the curb.
Take these steps to treat your skin. That TLC will go a long way!
Caitlin Sinclair is the Business Manager at Residences at Brookline.