Acne develops because more oil
is produced than the skin can efficiently shed, causing
to become clogged. If the clogged pore opens directly to the skinís
get a blackhead. If the clogged pore has a layer of
skin over it, youíll get a whitehead. Acne
occurs when the clog
is deeply inside the pore.
Acne grows from the inside of your skin,
not as a result of fatty foods or dirt. Scrubbing your
not reduce acne if youíre genetically predisposed for it, so spare your
Treat acne with benzoyl peroxide,
an antibacterial, combined with salicylic acid (also known
beta hydroxy), an exfoliant. Benzoyl peroxide comes in a soap or ointment,
or Stridex. Salicylic acid derives from aspirin
and comes in a cream form, like in Propa pH.
contains both salicylic acid and a little benzoyl peroxide. These are for
teenage acne and they dry out the skin. If youíre not a teenager,
try Oil of Olay Age-Defying
Lotion or Clinique Turnaround Cream.
You can also get topical antibiotics such as
tetracycline from your doctor.
You can disguise a pimple with
eye-redness reliever drops. Apply a few drops to Q-tip and
hold on pimple for about ten to fifteen seconds.
At night, mix a
packet of fast-acting yeast with enough tea tree oil to make a paste. Tea
oil comes from Australia and is antiseptic, analgesic, and
anti-inflammatory. Spread over
emerging pimple, and cover with a
bandage. Leave on overnight. Yeast causes the pimple
to rise out
of skin, while tree oil attacks it. It should be gone in the
Or, try this: soak a cotton ball in warm salt water. Press
on top of blemish for three minutes
to dissolve the
Remove blackheads gently so you donít scar your skin. Combine
1/4 cup boiling water with
one teaspoon Epsom salt and three
drops of iodine. Let mixture cool until itís comfortable
touch. Saturate a cotton ball with mixture and dab on blackheads. This
them to loosen so they can be easily squeezed with a
When the blemish is gone, dab a bit of honey on the
affected area to deep-clean the pore
and draw out bacteria. Let
sit for ten minutes, then rinse with warm water.