Footloose and Acne Free: Effective Acne Fighting tips

Acne is not the result of one single factor. Maybe that’s why it’s such a frustrating problem to deal with. It requires a comprehensive treatment that includes a good deal of prevention. The acne you see on your face now actually started forming about two weeks ago. And in two weeks, new acne will appear that is developing right now. Adding to the conundrum is the fact that people experience different levels of success with varying acne treatments. But there are a few basics that everyone can find useful, and this article will outline them all. It takes an overall skin care regime to keep skin acne free. But more than that, it may take a change in lifestyle - or a trip to the dermatologist.

Acne can be an embarrassing problem for many people, but always keep in mind that it is a biological process, not a reflection of your hygiene or personality.

Footloose and Acne Free!
Footloose and Acne Free!

What causes acne?

The first step to getting acne free skin is understanding how acne works. Here’s a simple break-down:

1. Your skin has oil glands which produce oil (or sebum). This oil is supposed to lubricate your skin and keep it moist.

2. You have pores on your face which are like tiny holes that reach down to the oil glands.

3. These pores can get clogged by dead skin cells that are shed every day.

4. When a pore gets clogged, oil is trapped. Bacteria that live on your face are also trapped with the oil. The problem is that these bacteria thrive under these conditions so mini-infections develop.

5. Your body responds by sending white blood cells to fight the bacteria. The resulting inflammation is what you see as acne.

Every Day Things to Stay Acne Free

First let’s start with the things you can do each day to treat acne.

Washing your face – It’s important to wash your face every day with a gentle soap. Cetaphil is a good brand that offers skin cleansers that also moisturize. Make sure not to wash too roughly or too often. Gently apply the cleanser in a circular motion that covers your entire face. Then use water to rinse everything off. Once in the morning and once at night should be good enough as excessive washing will dry your skin and make the problem worse. Also keep water at a mild temperature because hot water will also dry the skin. When your skin is dry, the body compensates by producing more oil, which exacerbates the cycle of acne formation.

Exercise – some people avoid exercising because they think that sweating will aggravate their acne. But exercise is actually a great way to keep your skin healthy. It will help to shed your dead skins more evenly and keep your metabolism at a healthy level. Sweating will actually give your skin a good workout and it won’t do any harm as long as you wash properly afterwards.

Drink water – Water will help to keep your skin (and body) healthy overall. It can serve to flush out the toxins that build in your body in addition to keeping your skin moist. Oily skin can be somewhat tempered by a good amount of water and it will make you feel better.

Wash Your hair – The oil that comes off your hair can get onto the skin and cause problems. People may find acne developing along their hairlines for this reason. So don’t neglect your hair and keep it clean while making sure it stays off your face whenever possible.

Eat Right – Some people say there is no direct link between acne and eating chocolate or oily foods. But if you find yourself having outbreaks after eating certain foods, then stop eating those things. You might be allergic in some way, or maybe they trigger some response that sets your skin up for problems. There is no general rule when it comes to this factor that applies to everyone. You will have to test for yourself whether some foods lead to break outs.

Wash your clothes, pillows, and hats – Wash the things that come into contact with your skin the most. When was the last time you washed your pillow case? It may be loaded with dead skin cells or even mites that can aggravate your skin.

Things to Avoid to stay Acne Free

Don’t pick or pop – The temptation may be great, but never pick at or pop your pimples. This can serve to make the problem worse by spreading bacteria. It can also lead to scarring which is much harder to get rid of in the long run.

The sun – The sun can dry out your skin which can lead to more acne. Always wear sun screen on sunny days, but avoid ones that may clog your pores.

Smoking – Smoking has the triple effects of drying your skin, clogging your pores, and introducing toxins into your bloodstream. Avoiding smoking is an important part of staying acne free.

Too much makeup – You might wear to hide acne in the first place, but make sure never to fall asleep without washing it off. And give yourself the occasional break from makeup where you can let your skin relax and breathe.

Acne treatment

Proactive – Proactive is a popular acne treatment that you’ve no doubt seen on television. It comes with 3 topical creams/ soaps, that you use together on your skin. It has been shown to work for many people, although there are cases where people say it hasn’t work for them, or it only provided temporary relief from acne. Other products like Acne Free also use this “3-bottle” approach as well.

Acnezine – Acnezine involves using a topical cream and an oral pill that detoxifies the body. Fighting acne on two levels seems to be the way to go, especially if you combine it will all the tips already listed.

Acne Free in 3 Days – It is unlikely that a product can get rid of acne in 3 days. But the basic premise of this system seems logical. Acne free in 3 days involves more of a detox and change in eating habits to alter body chemistry. So in 3 days, your acne is unlikely to disappear for good, but the process by which your body handles and produces acne may begin to change within that time. More severe cases of acne will probably need something else, but the benefit of acne free in 3 days is that it gets us thinking about more than just topical creams. However, as a product to use solely on its own, I cannot recommend acne free in 3 days because you simply can’t just get rid of acne that fast.

Acutane – Acutane is one of the most powerful acne treatments available, and you can only get it by prescription. The downside is that it is quite expensive and the side effects can be quite strong. For the first month of using Acutane, your acne will actually be accelerated so your condition will get much worse. This is because the medication is speeding up the acne process in order to get rid of it. Acutane is definitely not for everyone, but it has been shown to be effective.

As you can see, there are many options available. What works for you might not work for someone else. So make sure to do the basics of washing, exercising, and drinking lots of water. Avoid the sun, smoking, popping your pimples. From there, talk with your dermatologist about the various medications available. It can be a long process of trial and error, and you might not even see results for weeks, but the sooner you get started the sooner you can have clear skin. More advice can be found here at  how to get rid of acne.

 Last updated on November 16, 2010

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Jake 4 years ago

I am 21 years old and I've been dealing with acne for two years now. I'm in the army and have been to Iraq twice. My first tour was in 2008 and thats when the problem began. I first thought it was because of the heat, sweat, dust, and stress (what a combination huh?). Ive been to a dermatologist many of times. Has yet to go away. So far acne has lowered my self esteem and self confidence. I just wish there was a direct solution to the problem ive encountered.

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