Acne DOs and DON'Ts


Author: Natalie Katsman

Article:
Every little thing counts when it comes to fighting acne and
keeping it under control. After all, zits are not that big
themselves, they just bug us in a big way. We don't always
realize that seemingly insignificant things can help us look
better (or worse, depending on what they are), while
intentionally following myths, we do more harm than good to the
skin.

Here are a few things to consider if you don't want to see those
pimples pop up.

DO:

= Clean your face twice a day. Use a cleanser that is designed
for your skin type and avoid harsh and irritating products. When
cleaning your skin and rinsing it with water (make sure to use
plenty!), move from the neck to the hairline - that way you are
not likely to spread hair build up over your face, as it can
aggravate acne.

= If you work out and sweat, clean your face after you exercise.

= Use a moisturizer for your skin type. Even if your skin is
oily, don't ignore this important part of your daily routine.
Your skin needs protection. Overdrying your skin will not do any
good: on the contrary, the oil glands will start working even
harder.

= Choose cosmetics made for your skin type.

= Use products with fruit acids. They help to shed old skin
cells and prevent pore clogging. You are not likely to see the
results overnight, but be patient and stick to the treatment -
you will be pleasantly surprised.

= Protect your skin from wind and harsh environment as they make
skin prone to infections.

= Shampoo your hair regularly. Oil glands on your scalp produce
the same sebum as those on your face. Add hair care products
residues and environmental elements that stick to your hair -
and you have a super-effective acne causing solution.

= Drink lots of water to clean your body of toxins and keep your
skin hydrated from the inside.

= Take vitamins and eat a healthy diet. People who suffer from
acne often don't get enough vitamin A in their diets (you may
want to consult your doctor about that since large doses of
vitamin A can be toxic). Zinc supplements are known to fight
acne outbreaks. Healthy eating is good for all parts of your
body. While diet changes alone won't spare you of acne, they
will help your skin look better.

= See a doctor if your acne is severe.

DON'T:

= Don't use drying cleansers and harsh scrubs. They destroy the
protective barrier and alter skin pH, making skin vulnerable and
prone to infections. Astringents should be used on oily areas
only.

= Don't squeeze zits. This is the worst thing to do, and for
many the hardest to avoid. Still, if you don't want to aggravate
the condition, don't pick on your pimples. You can, however,
drain them with a sterilized needle once they are mature.

= Don't scratch or rub your skin. Sometimes rubbing can cause
zits on otherwise clear complexion. You may want to experiment
if you are brave enough, otherwise try to keep your hands off
your face and avoid wearing hats, helmets or bands that may
cause unpleasant surprises.

= Don't tan. Even though tan will mask the blemishes, the effect
is temporary. Excessive sun exposure can aggravate acne. Many
over-the-counter and prescription acne products make your skin
sensitive to sun. In addition to causing skin dehydration and
premature aging, UV rays destroy cells responsible for skin's
immunology

About the author:
Natalie Katsman is a co-founder of http://www.natural-aid.com,
where you can find fine quality aloe vera products for beauty
and well-being. Natalie is a publisher of HealthySkin Newsletter
filled with beauty tips, recipes and information on herbal
healing, skin care and cosmetic chemistry.