So I’ve been struggling with acne for years. I got it to calm down to where I just have black heads and underlying pimples during the month but right around my menstral cycle my face gets really oily and I break out on my chin and line of my face (where the oil settles at the end of the day). I don’t use anything on my face make up wise or in the line of lotions. I use st Ives apricot scrub and witch hazel as my face wash and astringent. I’ve used many things over the years and these work better than proactive did for me. But I still break out. I’m going to try the potatoes suggested in this article first but I’m really hopeful that I find something to just tone down my skin oil… I have a similar problem with my hair, but I’ve found a solution for that. ( I have greasy hair and a dry scalp, shampoos with a combination of tea tree oil, eucilyptus oil, and peppermint oil work really well. And since its healthier to switch brands and stuff like that for ur hair I use this when it get bad and finish te bottles and go to another brand and another type, then when it’s no longer balanced out I go back and treat it again.) I really hope one of these regemines is the one that finishes cycle for me!
Do not try the orange peel face mask! I was looking up easy DIY acne spot treatments and came across this one and didn’t think much of it as I had used lemon juice on pimples before and my skin had been fine. However I just tried this mask, I even added a little honey to make sure the mask wouldn’t be too strong, and it burned my skin! I noticed it was burning more than treatments usually do but didn’t think much of it. After about ten minutes it became too much to bare so I rinsed with warm water and was surprised to see large bright red patches all over my cheeks. Thankfully they only appeared in the areas I applied the mask to, which was only a few. But still my face is burning and tomato red. Lotion seemed to calm the areas but the color is persisting half an hour after the fact. Please for your sake do not use this mask, at least if you have never used an orange peel mask before. At the very least a disclaimer should be put on this recipe!!
For a pimple that has not yet resulted in a pus filled eruption on the skin, ice can be used to reduce swelling and encourage the oil glands to constrict and push out the excess oil and bacteria from the irritated glands. To use ice to discourage the formation of pimples:
Charlotte is right about baking soda leaving your skins acid mantle exposed. I’m an Esthetician and utilize many of these myself, but some things need warnings. Such as using lemon juice. It makes your skin very photosensitive , likely resulting with hyperpigmentation(dark spots) if exposed to the sun. So it’s not the best in summer…and use some spf (there are natural sources as well) when using lemon juice on your skin. Also, coarse ground salt is waaaay too abrasive for your face. AND anybody with acne that is inflammed especially pustules (whiteheads) should not be scrubbing with most mechanical exfoliators! It causes more irritation and can spread bacteria from breaking open the pustule. Blackheads are okay to scrub! Use a chemical form when broken out with inflammed/pustule lesions . Lactic acid in milk….citric acid in citrus fruits….salicylic like in wintergreen. Chemical exfoliating just means the ingredients do the work instead of an abrasive material scrubbing! Overall, great tips….some just need precautions!
When you first feel a pimple forming, try makeup artist Matin Maulawizada’s trick: Press it with a cotton swab soaked in witch hazel, then with another one soaked in eye drops containing a gentle anti-inflammatory, like Visine Maximum Redness Relief Formula. Dab a medicated concealer, like BareMineral’s Blemish Remedy Concealer. Once a pimple is in full bloom, it can cast a shadow, so try a different method: Brush on a mattifying primer, like the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer, before applying your foundation. Then pat on an opaque, full-coverage concealer. (We love the Reader’s Choice Award-winning Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer). Set it with loose translucent powder. If you have acne scars you want to cover up, reach for an eyeliner brush. “It’s perfect for maneuvering inside depressions,” says makeup artist Joanna Schlip. Run the brush over a stick concealer and coat the inside of the scar. This hides the shadows that make these scars appear more recessed. Then you can follow with a mattifying liquid foundation.
Try toothpaste. Toothpaste contains silica, which is the drying agent you find in bags of beef jerky, among other things. Theoretically, toothpaste can help to dry out your pimple overnight, reducing it in size, though it’s not an effective way of cleaning your skin.
These are the products that Dr. Lortscher suggests you use to improve the appearance of “permanent” acne scars. (You should also talk to your dermatologist about the best plan for your specific case.)
Another contributing cause of many cases of acne is bacteria and the bad news is most phones—which most of us are essentially tethered to like an umbilical cord—are teeming with it. According to a 2011 study from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 92 percent of cell phones carry some type of bacteria. Dr. Birchall explains that when that bacteria is then repeatedly pressed against the face during phone calls, acne can get exacerbated. The same is also true for pillow cases that rarely see the washing machine or dirty makeup brushes. Thankfully, combatting that is simple enough: He suggests regularly cleaning anything the face contacts. These are everyday items you should be washing a lot more often.
Create a blend of cucumbers and oatmeal. The cucumbers help to reduce redness and fight off dark spots while the oatmeal soften and soothes irritated skin. Blend the two together in a food processor until it forms a paste, and then apply it to your skin for 15-20 minutes before washing off with warm water.
It’s usually best to stick to lukewarm or cold water, as hot water can irritate your skin. Try to minimize the use of harsh soaps. Don’t wash more than a couple times a day, unless you need to rinse off sweat.
5. Sunlight/tanning clears up acne– In the short term getting a tan, or even slight sunburn, will seemingly clear up your acne. Long term, it’s not a solution. It’s just hiding the redness, and while it does dry up your skin, it can make it too dry, and do more harm than good.