Acne vulgaris – or simply acne – is a progressive skin disease that affects the hair follicles in the face and body. The hair follicles become inflamed because they are clogged with sebum and dead skin cells. As the condition progresses, severe flare-outs, comprised of painful, cystic pimples, occur. Eventually, acne leaves the skin scarred.
Although acne plagues millions of people each year, there are ways to control the breakouts and prevent permanent scarring. In today’s post, we are listing down ways to ease acne flare-outs and prevent future breakouts:
Sea Salt Therapy
Bacteria that thrive in clogged, inflamed hair follicles typically cause acne. To protect the skin from inflammation, you need to make your skin as inhospitable to bacteria as possible. You can do that through sea salt therapy. All you have to do is to create several sea salt-based preparations to treat the skin.
Start your therapy with a sea salt mask. Mix about a teaspoon of fresh aloe vera gel with 2 tablespoons of green tea. Add raw honey and sea salt. Apply the sea salt mask all over the face and leave it on for at least 10 minutes before rinsing with tepid water. Pat the skin dry and follow up with a non-irritating moisturizer.
You can also make your own sea salt spray by adding about a cup of witch hazel with sea salt. Transfer the liquid to a spritz bottle. Spritz the liquid on problematic areas and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse away after.
Use Non-Comedogenic Skin Care Products
Non-comedogenic beauty products are made with skin-friendly ingredients that will not clog the pores. These products are free from oil, synthetic fragrances, and chemicals that will irritate the skin or cause an acne flare out. If your skin is pimple or acne prone, it pays to invest in these kinds of skin products to reduce acne flare outs.
Use Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is one of the best spot treatments for acne. In fact, this oil works just as well as most over-the-counter acne treatments. Tea tree oil contains a potent mix of antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties that will dry out cystic acne, calm irritated skin, and kill germs. The difference between tea tree oil and more aggressive acne meds is that the former will not harm the surrounding skin. To boost the efficacy of tea tree oil, apply it on targeted area and leave it on for 20 minutes. Follow up with a gentle cleanser and you are done!
Never Over-Wash the Face
Over-cleansing the face is just as bad as not cleansing the face at all. Washing frequently strips the moisture off the skin so the skin works extra hard to produce more oil. The increased oil production will eventually lead to clogged pores! Our advice is to limit facial washing to twice per day. Do not wash your face as soon as you wake up. Wait until bath time instead so you don’t wash your face twice in one morning.