Acne can make you think you’re fighting a losing battle. Your medicine chest at home is filled with acne preparations you’ve tried unsuccessfully. The pimples on your face, and possibly elsewhere on your body, make you want to hide in your house.
If this sounds like you, take heart. There is hope for clearing up your skin and regaining your self-confidence.
The first step is to resist the temptation to pop those zits just to get rid of them. Even though releasing the pus inside a pimple can make the swelling go down, you’re actually exposing yourself to infection that can worsen your acne.
Next, start a regular regimen of daily skin care. The secret is to clean your skin thoroughly twice a day. Cleanse in the morning before you apply makeup, and then remove your makeup with another thorough cleansing at night. Then apply a gentle astringent to tone your skin, and hydrate your skin with a non-greasy moisturizer. Never use harsh products on your skin!
Also watch your diet. Drink plenty of water, because that’s one of the best ways to flush your system of toxins that cause acne. Avoid fatty, greasy foods that will add more oil to your already stressed skin.
If your acne doesn’t respond to this type of daily care, then it may be necessary for you to seek the help of a dermatologist, a doctor who specializes in treating the skin. A dermatologist can recommend to you either the best over-the-counter acne preparation to use, or can prescribe a medication that will help clear up your skin.
While you’re working on the skin, don’t neglect working on your own attitude and self-confidence. Don’t stress over your acne, because guess where stress shows up? That’s right, in your skin! Stress makes your skin age faster. So to have beautiful skin, get plenty of rest and relaxation.
To cope with the social problems that can result from having acne, remember these tips:
• Don’t judge people by what they look like outside. People with the radiant skin that you envy may have other serious problems that affect their life.
• If you wear glasses, wash them frequently. You’ll not only see better, you’ll “look” better because clean glasses won’t transfer germs to your skin.
• Take rude remarks in your stride. Even the most gorgeous looking people receive the rudest comments.
• Be patient. Remember, acne is a temporary external condition that will go away in time with the right treatment. Have confidence in yourself and your abilities.