Methods in reducing acne

Rachel Power

Various factors in our daily lives can cause breakouts in our skin, which can be stressful and unpleasant, but by knowing what can cause acne outbreaks we can prevent their occurrences.

Stress and diet are high contributors to acne, and with many aspects of our lives now in question it’s no wonder that some of us might be experiencing breakouts more frequently than we usually did.

Eating too many foods high in oil, dairy and fats can also add to the problem of acne. So contrary to belief, if you suffer from acne it’s not because you don’t wash your face enough. Rather, it can be that you’re stressed, or eating too much of a certain food type, or it could be down to a lack of sleep and even hormones.

There are a number of other, cosmetic solutions to clearing and reducing acne too. Face washes that have salicylic acid have a higher chance of helping to reduce acne, as well as scars.

This acid clears your pores, reduces redness and exfoliates our skin according to Healthline. Products that have this vital ingredient tend to reduce acne breakouts and diminishes the appearance of scars over a number of weeks. However, it does cause dryness of the skin so if you are thinking of using products that have salicylic acid in them, be sure to moisturise regularly.

Face washes with salicylic acid in them can be found in most shops and drugstores.

Tea tree oil and witch hazel have also been proven to help in the reduction of acne. Tea tree has anti-inflammatory properties in it, so it reduces redness and inflamed forms of acne that can be quite painful. It’s also a natural moisturiser, so it helps to balance the oils in your skin. 

Various skin-care shops like The Body Shop sell bottles of tea tree oil that you apply twice a day.

Acne patches are also a supposed solution to acne. They’re small, translucent, circular hydrocolloid bandages that you can apply to areas where you suffer with acne the most. Some have extra ingredients to help treat a breakout, and others don’t. 

The key thing to these patches being so successful in healing and reducing acne in some cases is the hydrocolloid that is in the bandage or patch. Hydrocolloid is a dressing that is incredibly healing, so when it’s placed on a part of the skin that has cuts or lesions, such as when we get acne, it makes the surface of the skin a protected environment so it can heal more quickly, according to the Huffington Post.

Other solutions include vitamins and supplements. Vitamins that have shown to effectively reduce acne are A, E, B3 and zinc. All of these can be easily found in health shops which will supply them in a supplement form.

While it is important to keep your skin clean and clear, acne comes and goes based on a variety of factors from lack of sleep, our diets and our hormones, but there are plenty of solutions that will help reduce acne and heal your skin.

Rachel Power

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