5 Tips For Reducing Acne

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5 Tips For Reducing Acne

I have a few tips for reducing acne that I’d like to share with you. When I was a teenager I dealt with acne. I had it mainly on my forehead, chin and beside my nose. I also had some on my back which was embarrassing. I learned a few tips and tricks along the way to help keep skin looking healthy and clean. Some are natural, common sense ways and others required a product or two. I’ve passed these tips on to my own teens and hope they help you too!

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5 Tips For Reducing Acne

5 Tips For Reducing Acne

  1. A Clean Face:

Ok so this one may seem like a no brainer BUT there is something in particular that worked for me. Clean skin is healthier skin. Removing dirt and oils helps reduce acne. But for some folks, like myself, soaps and cleansers actually made acne worse! When I was 16 I stopped using the cleansers and started washing my face with just a wash cloth and warm water. I scrubbed my face with a clean wash cloth and warm water twice per day: once in the morning and in the evening to remove daily makeup, dirt and grime. My skin cleared within a week!

If cleansers work well for you then by all means use them! If not, try the water only. It may work for you.

With that said, I did have occasional breakouts. A pimple or two that would hit during Mother’s Nature’s monthly call. Hormone related. Products were needed for those.

  1. Weekly or Bi-weekly Deep Cleaning:

I LOVE facial masks and spa day with my daughter. We enjoy doing a mud mask followed by a gentle cleanser once per week. More than that actually causes me to break out but once per week is perfect for us. It just really gets int here and grabs any dirt and oil we may miss during the week. Pore strips pull out any black heads and the mask and cleanser washes away the rest. Our skin feel amazing after wards.

  1. Acne Medication:

If your acne is really bad, covers a broad area and isn’t responding to daily and weekly cleansing you may need to purchase an acne medication like Proactiv. Our daughter had some acne that covered her nose and cheeks. We were able to clear it up on her forehead and chin but the cheek/nose area just would not heal. We tried some products we bought at the store like astringent and acne medication, with no luck.

We received a sample of Proavtive and decided to give it a try. It was really easy to use. There were three steps.

  1. Renewing Cleanser
  2. Revitalizing Toner
  3. Repairing Treatment

She just followed the steps once per day, at night before bed. We didn’t want to dry her skin out too much so we started with once per day. While she was using it she began to have pretty good results. Her acne began to clear up. She started noticing a noticeable difference. And then she ran out. Her acne came within 3 – 4 days. So as long she was using the Proactive daily, her skin  was healing. Without it, it came back. We are going to order some and see how she does with more long term use. I’ll let you know how it works after more use!

  1. Moisturize:

It may seem like adding a cream or moisture to your skin would cause acne but it doesn’t. There are so many great products out there that are not pore clogging. Moisturize your skin to keep dryness away and keep it looking bright and healthy.

  1. Sunscreen:

Sunscreen is your friend! I talk about using sunscreen for your face often. The sun can actually help some with breakouts but you don’t want to burn and you don’t want to peel. So using a good sunscreen with SPF protection on your face will protect your skin while letting the sun work its magic.

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