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5 Natural Acne Treatments

5 Natural Acne Treatments

Both young and older adults can have issues with bad acne, excessively oily skin and acne scars. For most, it is a minor annoyance that comes and goes, but for some it’s a much more life-altering problem. While there are many treatments for acne available, there are also quite a few natural remedies you can try at home that may work better than store-bought medications. We’ve put together a list of our five favorite ways to calm your skin and prevent breakouts.

1) Use Honey. Honey contains many natural antibacterial properties and is a great mask to put all over your face in the mornings. It’s gentle on sensitive skin, and removes excess oil while leaving your skin soft.

2) Treat From The Inside, Out. Make sure you’re putting good things into your body, and you’ll see a difference on the outside. Drink plenty of water and eat foods rich in vitamins — especially carrots for vitamin A (beta carotene), it strengthens the skin’s tissue and prevents acne. Also think about taking a multivitamin — clogging pores and excessive oily skin can be an act of rebellion for your body not receiving the right nutrients. Getting enough sleep also helps your body restore its natural balance.

3) Invest in Oils. Most people who develop acne already have oily skin, so applying oils directly to your face may seem counterproductive. However, oils such as tea tree oil, olive oil or jojoba, can actually eliminate excess oils on your face. Your skin needs oils to protect it, and oil will cancel out oil, so trust in the fact that covering your face in good oils won’t make it worse — it will actually improve the look and feel of your skin. Try using a oil mask and rinsing it off at night before bed.

4) Make a Homemade Toner. Toners help balance the pH of our skin. For those affected by acne, this is especially important. Using apple cider vinegar or rubbing alcohol as a toner can calm acne and clean out pores.

5) Keep Your Face Clean. The most effective way to keep your skin clear and allow it to find its natural balance is by keeping it clean. Avoid wearing makeup if possible and wash your face morning and night. Try washing your pillowcase every day as well, since skin tends to sweat and create an oily layer while we sleep. Make sure to wipe or wash your face after excessive sweating, otherwise this can cause clogged pores, which leads to more acne.

By following these steps, you can take the first plunge into solving your acne problems from home. If you’ve dealt with stubborn acne and are in need of medical advice or have lasting acne scars, Zimmet Vein & Dermatology offers acne scar treatment and Blu-U light therapy to improve the look and feel of your skin. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Tips For Living With Dry Skin

For those of us born with dry skin, it can feel at times to be both a curse and a blessing — while those with dry skin rarely have acne-related problems, a whole new array of skin issues can arise if dryness isn’t properly treated. But, if the right steps are taken, dry skin can be controlled and even moisturized. Follow our best tips for living with dry skin, and start your journey to better, healthier skin:

Avoid Hot Showers. Bathing strips your body of natural oils, and hot water makes this even worse. Your natural oils lock in moisture and protect your skin, so try taking quick, mildly warm showers instead of long, scorching ones. While hot showers might feel great, your skin will feel significantly worse afterwards.

Avoid Fragrant Skin Products. Products that carry strong fragrances or odors can be harsh on skin and strip out oils. Look for natural products that contain no artificial fragrances — check the ingredients label and if ‘fragrance’ is one of the first ingredients listed, put it back on the shelf.

Protect Your Skin From The Elements. Using a humidifier in the winter and applying sunscreen regularly year-round will help your skin stay strong and moisturized. The dry air of winter can take a toll on already-dry skin, so investing in a humidifier is a great idea. Humidifiers put moisture back in the air, which in turn puts it back in your skin. Your skin is like a sponge — it’ll absorb the moisture when it’s around, but it will shrivel up when it’s not. Sunscreen is also important to prevent skin from burning, which causes dry skin, roughness and wrinkles.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize. Knowing what kind of moisturizer suits your skin and when to apply it is your best defense against dry skin. A good moisturizer will keep your skin soft and absorbent all day, as well as soothe dry, damaged skin. The perfect moisturizer could be as simple as petroleum jelly or a favorite lotion — it all depends on your preference and what feels best when applied. Be consistent in your moisturizers, because changing them often can cause changes in the way your skin feels. You should also be consistent in how often you apply moisturizer. After bathing is best, but it’s also important to apply moisturizer before bed. If your skin is severely dry, carrying a small bottle with you during the day to reapply may also be necessary.

Adjust Your Diet. Diets rich in magnesium, vitamin C, beta-carotene, omega-3 and other natural remedies for dry skin will help alleviate dryness and provide moisture from the inside out. Foods like salmon, dark chocolate, oranges and carrots will provide many benefits. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and smoking, as all of these can suck your skin dry.

Invest In Oils. Almond, olive, jojoba and coconut oil are all wonderful additions to baths and masks that can seriously hydrate your skin. Soaking in these will lock in moisture, and you can also apply them directly to your skin. Dabbing on olive oil to extremely dry areas before you moisturize will give your skin an extra dose of antioxidants. All of these oils are also good for dry hair, elbows, hands and feet. Finding an oil you prefer and using it regularly will aid in healing your dry, cracked skin.

The best way to help your skin is to know your skin. Figure out your problem areas and know where you need help most. Invest in good, safe products, and come up with a regular skin regimen. Living with dry skin isn’t always easy, but it is manageable.

If you have excessively dry skin that has endured sun damage or wrinkles, Zimmet Vein & Dermatology offers a wide variety of skin treatments to fix your problem areas. Contact us today to get started.

 

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