These tips will not cure you, but they will help a considerable amount in your on-going fight against acne. For any aged acne sufferer, wether you've had it a week or 15 years...I hope that these tips will give you a bit of hope in reaching your goal of clear skin and also giving a confidence boost. Enjoy.
1) Be open about your problem, one of the main problems that acne causes is a loss of confidence and acne does slowly take your confidence. That only way to deal with it, or the only way I have ever found to deal with acne, is to be open to people about it.
Tell your family how you really feel, tell your friends, tell your teachers, don't lock it up. I know that I kept my feelings a secret for so long, when I came out with my story, I instantly felt that buzz of getting such a big thing off of my chest. It's the best feeling. People around you change.
People begin to respect you more, they feel your pain, if you don't tell them how you feel then they won't have the level of sympathy required to help you battle your acne.
From my experience I usually need a shower in the morning anyway to wash my hair. Also I heat my skin which can aid to squeeze the odd spot. Getting hair products onto your skin, will be bad for your acne.
Wash at night before going to sleep.It doesn't have to be dead before you sleep, just aim it to be around 12 hours after you had your morning wash. On the night wash I tend to not use a shampoo or conditioner in my hair, what is the point? In the morning my hair gets greasy anyway, so I just wash it in the morning.
*Note: since you’re washing your whole body (if you have back acne), you will need a shower, you will be washing your hair twice as much. Try not to get your hair wet in the shower when you don't intended to clean it.
3) Apply the products properly: This is 100x vital, so many people get it wrong and so do I occasionally. If you take a little longer doing your regime, slow it down and be really gentle to your skin, it works. I have realised this many times before and I constantly remind myself that I need to be extra gentle, just be very sparingly, if in doubt use more.
If you run the products into the skin slowly, they will work a million times better; however if you put a big dollop of product on your face, it will not work as effective, it will work but not to it’s potential.
This does work, from my experience using my products or any past products, if you use them precisely, be gentle and softly rub it into your skin, you can go almost a full day without a new pimple head or white head arising. Try it, it may be a silver bullet in your acne regime.
4) Don’t pop your pimples at night: I know how difficult it is not to pop a pimple, it’s so hard not to. It’s fun, it relieves pressure and you can get addicted to it. A million people must have told you not to squeeze spots, you can’t help it, you have to and you can’t walk around with white heads.
The best number one solution to this is to follow standard procedure, heat the area, squeeze the spot and treat the area. But though from my experience the best thing is to just do this in the morning, twice a day is to much in my view. If you leave them overnight they have less chance of getting infected and also what’s the point? You’re off to sleep anyway, it just makes things worse.
5) See a dermatologist and get the right products: Seriously the best thing i ever did in my life. Go private if you must, you need to do it if your acne has lasted over a year, you’ve tried many things and you’re beginning to scar. You need to see a dermatologist preferably at a Danné clinic. They’re the best, i’m going through treatment now and i have never seen my skin this good in years.
The downside is that you may need to ‘splash some cash’ on products and treatments. It’s going to come at a cost but it is 100% worth it.
Making a regime up from the drug store may work or may not work, dermatologists know what they’re doing, they know what works. Drug store brands are a hit and miss in most cases and you never find the right regime that will cure your acne.
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