Acne / Pimples

Acne develops because more oil is produced than the skin can efficiently shed, causing
the pore to become clogged. If the clogged pore opens directly to the skinís surface, you
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
skin will not reduce acne if youíre genetically predisposed for it, so spare your skin the
rough scrubs.

Treat acne with benzoyl peroxide, an antibacterial, combined with salicylic acid (also known
as beta hydroxy), an exfoliant. Benzoyl peroxide comes in a soap or ointment, like Clearasil
or Stridex. Salicylic acid derives from aspirin and comes in a cream form, like in Propa pH.
Neutrogena soap 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
erythromyacin or tetracycline from your doctor.

You can disguise a pimple with eye-redness reliever drops. Apply a few drops to Q-tip and
then 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 tree
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 morning.

Or, try this: soak a cotton ball in warm salt water. Press on top of blemish for three minutes
to dissolve the top.

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
to the touch. Saturate a cotton ball with mixture and dab on blackheads. This will allow
them to loosen so they can be easily squeezed with a gauze pad.

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.

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