Acne is one of those conditions that is especially vexing to its victims because it can be triggered by many things and make an appearance at the most inopportune times. The solutions for acne are many and can range from drugstore creams to professional services administered at the dermatologist’s office. You might not be aware, though, that easy and effective solutions can be found in your own home and they barely cost anything. Try an acne cure treatment from the list below and you might be surprised at how simple it can be.
1. Always cleanse before bed.
Seems obvious, doesn’t it? But it can be still hard to do this all time, especially after a long and tiring day. Women in particular need to heed this rule because the make-up and grime that can coat the skin after a full day can be a breeding ground for new pimples. Always use a gentle cleanser to cleanse the skin (this applies to guys too!), before hitting the sack.
2. It’s OK to pop a zit (sometimes).
There is an exception to the rule of popping a blemish, but only applies when it’s formed a very visible white head. If none is present, hands off! But otherwise, it is OK to sterilize a needle and puncture the head in order to drain the pus and release pressure. Put on an anti-bacterial ointment on afterwards and it ought to dry up and heal faster than if you had simply let it be.
3. Salt water can be your friend.
Some people cite that a beach vacation has often helped clear up their skin. Where’s the connection? It’s in the sea water that you’ve been splashing around in. Salt is anti-bacterial and will help heal your skin. At home, you can make a salty solution yourself and apply it as a daily toner to keep your skin clean and clear.
4. Aspirin does double duty.
You can take aspirin the regular way (in pill form with a glass of water) and it will help reduce the inflammation of your pimple, but you can also use it as a face mask. The beta hydroxy acids will help clear things right up. Crush the aspirin with some water to form a paste and smooth onto your face. Used a couple times a week, you should start to see a difference as a treatment and as a preventative measure.
5. Ice it down.
This is the cheapest option and it comes right out of your own freezer. This is particularly effective when used at the fist onset of a pimple. If you sense a dull ache where the lesion is about to make its appearance, immediately reduce the swelling by applying an ice pack. If done in intervals throughout the day, this can drastically reduce the life span of your acne and reduce redness.