Want to Remove Your Acne? Read on…
When acne experts hear the words “remove” and “acne” together in a sentence, they usually start to get nervous. It is not that they are afraid that readers will figure out ways to get rid of acne for good so they won’t need more products—in fact, this article will give you some very specific information about that at the end. The reason the term “remove acne” makes acne experts dangerous is that so many of the methods that promise to remove acne actually make it worse.
- Every good way to remove acne is a gentle way to remove acne. You can’t rub, scrub, wash, or burn acne away. Let your skin do the work of removing acne.
- Squeezing pimples just forces inflammation further into the skin.
- Squeezing blackheads usually only injures the skin around them.
- A dermatologist can give you a steroid injection as a “quick fix” for a pimple, but repeated steroid injections can whiten and thin your skin.
- Moisturizer and skin peels can help you get rid of whiteheads and blackheads—not immediately, but usually within 48 hours.
- The best way to remove acne for good is with a complete skin care system. You need at least an cleanser, a treatment serum, a toner, and a microdermabrasion cloth.
- Get all your acne care products at the same place to save time and money—and get them with a money-back guarantee.
Bad Ways to Try to Remove Acne
The most commonly used harmful method for trying to remove acne is squeezing pimples. It almost never works. The inflammation that makes a pimple red and noticeable is not generated by the bacteria inside the pimple. It is generated by the immune system as a way of fighting the bacteria inside the pimple.
Acne bacteria release “homing signals” called chemotactins that steer white blood cells to skin cells rather than to themselves. The immune system attacks the skin rather than bacteria and inflammation of the skin results.
Squeezing a pimple may give some bacteria an escape route so they can infect nearby skin. But it forces more bacteria deeper into the skin, where they continue to release chemotactins. Sometimes the surface of the skin grows over these bacteria so they continue to trigger constant inflammation of the skin that coalesces into a nodule or a cyst.
Squeezing a blackhead is also harmful to the skin. Like squeezing a pimple, squeezing a blackhead forces bacteria deeper into the skin. Squeezing a blackhead may turn it into a pimple. But more often than not, all that happens is that the skin around the blackhead is broken—so you are left with a cut or a scratch and the original blemish.
Better Ways to Remove Acne
There are no instant ways to remove any kind of blemish caused by acne. There are methods that may get rid of a blemish in 24 to 48 hours.
The sure-fire way to reduce the redness in a pimple is to go to the dermatologist to get an injection of steroid like prednisone or prednisolone directly into the pimple. The steroid injection deflates the pimple right away, leaving a red spot on the skin. It is easier to conceal a red spot than it is to conceal a red zit, so most people are happy with the results of the process. The downside of the procedure is that each injection costs about $100, not covered by insurance, and excess use of steroids can lighten skin tones and make the skin thin.
The best way to “pop” a blackhead is to apply moisturizer and exfoliant and let it pop on its own. Moisturizer loosens the skin around the pore. Exfoliation removes dead skin that may be keeping the opening of the pore tight.
Or if you need to get rid of blackheads on a budget, simply soak a clean cloth in warm (not hot) water and place it on your face for about half an hour. This loosens the skin around the blackhead. Don’t squeeze—let your skin release the blackhead on its own. But it’s not unusual to see the blackhead is gone the next time you look at your face, even if it does not fall out of your skin right away.
The Best Ways to Remove Acne
There are many kinds of acne treatments that get rid of about 1/2 to 2/3 of your blemishes in 2 to 3 months. Many treatments begin to reduce the number of visible blemishes in the first week, and then continue to clear the skin for up to 12 weeks, when some new blemishes begin to form. Combination therapies act faster and remove more blemishes, but when you use a combination of medications, you can get a combination of side effects.
- Bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics. Medications that have been on the market for as long as 50 years, such as erythromycin, are not enough to get rid of all the acne bacteria that may be on your face—and using just erythromycin kills weaker acne bacteria but leaves stronger acne bacteria to cause an even worse acne problem.
- Antibiotics can cause side effects that are as bad as acne. Tetracyline and minocycline, for example, can cause black and blue staining of growing teeth—and teeth may continue growing until the age of 22.
- Acne bacteria don’t develop resistance to antiseptics such as benzoyl peroxide, chlorhexidine, and triclosan. Using too strong a concentration of these chemical treatments for acne, however, can irritate the skin.
- You can have pimples even without acne bacteria if you skin is stressed. Anything that leaves a “bracing” feeling on the skin, such as isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol or menthol, and any foaming detergent cleanser, can stress the skin and trigger the formation of pimples.
- Retin-A, Accutane, Differin, Tazorac, Renova, and tretinoin tropical are great for stimulating the growth of the skin so it opens up over cysts and nodules without the need for lancing. They also have a side effect, however, causing new pimples and blackheads.
Any one treatment for your skin does just part of the job of fighting acne. And any time you try to use just one treatment for fighting acne, you will probably use a strength of that treatment that can cause side effects. But there is a better way. Multiple treatments complement each other and help you get rid of more blemishes for good.
Here is a sample five-step program.
- Start by using a cleanser at least once but no more than twice a day. The purpose of using a cleanser is not to scrub acne off your face. Use a cleanser to remove excess oil and acne bacteria to stop blemishes before they start.
- Next use a clearing tonic on your skin. This is the first step in getting rid of whiteheads and blackheads. A mild skin peel such as glycolic acid strips off dead skin that can constrict pores, and stimulates the growth of new skin all over your face. Scars will fill in while blemishes literally fall out of your skin—over a period of a week or two.
- For your third step in acne prevention and treatment, use an acne serum. A serum isn’t just a skin care product that costs more. (Cost usually does not have a lot to do with quality.) The best serum for your skin contains ingredients that reduce the production of oily sebum by your skin, like green tea extract, and ingredients that reduce your skin’s reactions to heat, cold, and emotional stress, like gotu kola.
- Help your skin clear pores on its own by using a clear pore serum that contains ingredients such as meadowsweet and licorice, and finally
- Use a microdermabrasion cloth to loosen the hardened oils holding whiteheads and blackheads in place to get rid of blemishes for good.
You can find all five of the products you need for these five steps, as well as complete acne treatment systems with all of the products you need for special skin care issues at Exposed Skin Care.