Pimples can be a serious problem for anyone. They have many causes, among them an excess of soft drinks or iodine-rich foods, clogged pores, stress, menstruation-induced hormonal changes and even your genes.
How can you combat these annoying blemishes? Set up a routine to clean, tone and moisturize daily, along with eating a healthier diet and protecting your skin from the elements, such as harsh wind, dust, pollution, and excess sun. Here are some specific tips.
Wash Regularly. Regularly clean your face. Not too much, though; Three times a day is plenty unless you live in a particularly polluted or humid city. Lather face-wash in your hands before applying it to your wet skin. Always pat your face dry, as scrubbing motions can aggravate your skin.
Stick to the Routine. Twice a day be sure to cleanse, tone, and moisturize your face in that order. Use an oil-free moisturizer if you have oily skin.
Elements Can Be Harsh. Roll up your window on a long drive to avoid getting your face bombarded by pollution and dust. The elements aren’t very kind to the skin.
Drink Up. Water improves circulation, cleanses the blood, and flushes your body of toxins. This can drastically improve acne problems.
Cool Down. Don’t pop a zit. It will leave a scar that could last for years. Instead, take an ice cube, wrap it in muslin cloth, and hold it on your pimple for around three to four minutes. This will stop the bacterial growth inside the pimple, helping it heal more quickly.
If your pimple bursts accidentally, wash the area immediately. Squeezing a few drops of lemon juice on a cotton ball and holding it on the former zit for 10 minutes can reduce the scarring, and sometimes prevent it entirely.
Lemon Juice. With a pH balance similar to that of skin, lemon juice makes a great skin treatment. Half a lemon, squeezed into a glass of water and splashed on your face, can help keep your skin healthy. Just be sure to wash off any residue left behind with clean water.