Acne is almost every teenager’s number one concern (other than which one of their classmates like them). That sinking feeling of waking up in the morning, looking into a mirror, and seeing that red bump on your face is horrible. There are plenty enough treatment kits out there that will make your head spin trying to choose one. Acne can hurt a teenager’s (and even adult’s) self esteem. While some people just wait out their acne days, others take a more aggressive stance towards it. So what are some ways to get rid of acne?
Wash your face constantly. I know this sounds like a no brainer, but really most people only wash their face once a day. Try to wash your face a few times a day. Even if all you are using is plain water, anything helps. Oil tends to build up on your face as the day progresses. That same oil gets down into your pores where bacteria is trapped. That’s what causes acne. So a quick trip to the bathroom during school class breaks to wash your face can really help. Girls may not want to do this because of make up, but this is a good tip for guys.
Wrap a hot towel around your face before you clean it. Steam and hot water opens up the pores allowing you to get in their and clean the bacteria out of them. So at night, before you use that face wash, quickly water your face down, then take a hot damp towel and wrap it around your face for 5-10 minutes. After that, then proceed to use whatever face wash you like to use. It will be more effective that way.
Use non oil based lotions. You can find many great non oil based lotions at your local stores or malls. A lot of lotions that have oil in them tend to encourage the bacteria growth and entrapment in your face. Using non oil based lotions greatly reduces the chances of getting lotion caused acne while still moisturizing your face.
Relax. That’s right, take some stress out of your life. Most acne in teenagers is caused because of hormonal changes, but stress can also cause acne as well. With all the tests, homework, studying, extra school activities, and daily life worries, it just adds to the mix. So after all the important things are done in your day, take time to watch a comedy, or take up a hobby. Anything that will reduce stress.
Acne is a very real part of a teenager’s life. Sometimes it’s just one of those things you need to get used to, but if you can fight it, then why not? Hopefully some of these tips helped and inspired some ideas of your own.