As our society evolves, new trends and norms start to surface. Whether you admit it or not, society dictates what is IN or OUT, and having acne and acne marks has never been and never will be IN! No matter what age group or sub-culture you belong in, whether you are fair, honey-skinned, or tanned, may you be blonde, brunette, red-head, or black hair: there is no excuse for having visible acne and acne marks.
Fact still remains: simple acne could ruin your job interview that you have long been waiting for. It could make your dream date into a horrible one. And if worst comes to worse, it could destroy your self-esteem. However, fret not! There are lots of ways to prevent acne or even treat severe ones.
1. Wash your face twice daily. This is not optional! Morning and evening before snoozing are the best time to prep-up your face. One big misconception is that acne could be prevented by washing your face frequently, when in fact, frequent washing could dry up your skin; it prevents natural oils from surfacing which is essential in blocking germs and bacteria from budding on your skin. There are different facial wash and soap for different skin types, know what works best for you.
2. Always use a moisturizer with sunscreen. Having oily skin is no exception on using moisturizers. There are oil-free moisturizers available, just check the labels. Moisturizing is very essential to keep skin healthy and supple; it helps slow down skin ageing. Sunscreen or SPF is the most important ingredient that you should look when choosing a moisturizer, the higher SPF the better.
3. Exfoliate at least twice a week. Exfoliating removes dead skin which causes roughness and bumps. However, it must not be overdone for it may leave skin dry and irritated. When you exfoliate, it is easier for your skin to absorb your moisturizer which keeps it more supple and healthy-looking.
4. Use tea tree oil OR salicylic acid when treating acnes. Use either SA or TTO, but never use both at the same time, doing so may cause further breakouts due to the skin would really dry up after use. Some prefer using Benzoyl Peroxide. Just make sure to dab it on affected areas only. Results may vary depending on skin type. Concealer sticks with tea-tree oil are available; you could use it on covering up blemishes without irritating it.
5. Always use non-comedogenic products on your face. Make sure to check your make-up and see to it that it is non-comedogenic to avoid clogging of pores which irritates the skin and worsen acne conditions. As much as possible, look for spray or pump containers especially for choosing BB creams or foundation to help prevent contamination. Also, opt for brushes instead of sponge when applying face powder.
6. Keep your hands off your face. Always have a hanky, wet wipes, or hand sanitizers handy. Bacteria nestle everywhere and on everything we touch. We are not being OC (obsessive compulsive) here, okay? This is just one of the simple things that we oftentimes neglect to do. It all boils down on being “hygienic” enough.
We have our own insecurities and imperfections, and society is not making it easier for us. Acne and blemishes are all part of “growing up”, and when we say growing up; it means that it is part of the process of becoming which sooner or later we just have to get over with. Youth is a gift that you should enjoy and not to fuss about superficial. In the end, people might forget how you look and what you look like, but the good things you shared with them will linger forever.