A Dos and Don’t Guide To Tackle Acne Outbreak

A Dos and Don’t Guide To Tackle Acne Outbreak

Waking up to a fresh breakout can ruin your morning and day. Once it shows up, it’s always determined to stay and grow with time. Before you scour the Internet to look for a cure-all spot treatment or start picking (never a good idea), we have listed a dos and don’t guide below to help you soothe acne flare-up and heal irritated skin.

Ice the zit

When the unsightly zit rears its ugly and inflamed head, resist all the urge in your body to pop it and instead, head to your freezer. Nestle an ice cube in a thin, clean cloth and place it on the spot for three to four minutes. Use this method throughout the day for pain relief and reduce swelling temporarily. You can also try dabbing some hydrocortisone cream to alleviate redness and swelling.

Don’t pick and prod

We know and understand that having adult acne is not easy. That said, resist the urge to pick the pimple because it might exacerbate the issue. However, if your pimple is ripe for the picking and you really need to pop it, it’s best to do it safely and hygienically and follow the pro-approved guidelines on how to pop your own pimples. Another easier alternative calls for the application of tea tree oil before going to bed. Lo and behold, wake up to a dramatically reduced pimple size.

Keep away from astringents

When you have a pimple invading your face, astringents like toner can disrupt the skin’s natural barrier and thereby causing inflammation and irritation. So, when performing your skincare routine after bath, be sure to avoid using any product near the zit.

Salicylic acid is your ally

The natural response to waking up to a pimple is to cover it with layers of makeup. This, while temporarily veils the unwanted visitor, can suffocate it. What you want to do is look for makeup with salicylic acid in it which helps address your pimple situation while providing coverage.

Change your pillowcase regularly

Laundry is definitely not on the top of anyone’s to-do list but what if we tell you, keeping your pillowcase clean is a necessary beauty secret? Pillowcases can be the breeding ground for dirt, oil and bacteria from our faces and hair, which acne tends to thrive on. Avoid this by changing your pillowcases once a week at the very least. The same rule of thumb applies to your face mask. Wash and change your masks everyday to dispirit maskne from forming. Do the same for your makeup brushes.

Avoid makeup with pore-clogging ingredients

Makeup that contains ingredients that are comedogenic and contain mineral oil or lanolin are what acne sufferers should steer clear from. Comedogenic essentially means that it tends to be pre-clogging and can trigger acne, so read up on the product labels.

Layer products wisely

Before covering your pimple with concealer, layering on your skincare products is vital in treating acne. In order to zap a zip, start with cleansing your face, continue by applying a thin layer of oil-free moisturiser, followed by a small amount of acne medication.

Identify trigger foods

After dealing with the onset of zits every now and then, it can be easy to identify the trigger food that causes the pesky pimples. Be it chocolate, McDonald’s for supper or Maggie mee, these trigger foods may not affect everyone but you should identify and keep tabs on your dietary intake. The challenging part of it all is actually avoiding what triggers your acne.

DIY hacks don’t always work

While there are a myriad of DIY hacks on TikTok and other platforms, take everything you watch and read with a pinch of salt. As tempting as it is to concoct your own mask or elixir, it could cause irritation, which is the last thing you need when battling acne. For instance, though touted by many, toothpaste wasn’t and isn’t the remedy for zits.

Don’t swap out for a stronger cleanser

When dealing with acne, the last thing you would want to do is to swap out your face cleanser for something stronger. It’s quite the opposite, your face wash needs to be gentle so the topical products can penetrate your skin and work its magic. When in doubt, stick to natural products.

Consider zinc supplements

Be it orally or topically through cream and serum, zinc has been touted to contribute promising results against acne. In a study that compared zinc to the prescription oral antibiotic Minocycline, both exhibited comparable results by one month. The continued use of Minocycline, however, showed greater results as the study progressed. So, should you want to include zinc as part of your supplements, get it at your nearest pharmacy