Zapping zits costs bucks. You can spend not just hundreds of dollars, but you can easily spend thousands of dollars on acne treatments that may not even work. With the right skin care routine, however, you can get rid of whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples without having to take out a loan. Here’s how, step by step.
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- Zapping zits does not have to cost a fortune.
- The first thing you need to do is to choose the right skin cleanser. The wrong soap can do more harm than good, but there are inexpensive products that work.
- The next thing you need to do is to use the right skin cleanser in the right way. Let the cleanser to the work, without rubbing or scrubbing.
- Moisture keeps your skin open. If you use makeup, you need moisturizer.
- Benzoyl peroxide and tea tree oil can zap zits, but they take several days to work.
- Products that just smell like tea tree oil but don’t contain at least 10% tea tree oil won’t disinfect your skin.
- There three major ways to conceal pimples, but different concealers work best on different types of skin.
- The easiest way to zap your zit is with a complete skin care system, like Exposed Skin Care.
Choose a Skin Cleanser
The single most important thing you can do to get rid of zits is to cleanse your skin once a day. It’s OK to cleanse twice a day, but not more than that. You have to get excess oil and germs off your skin without rubbing it raw and inviting even more infection.
To cleanse your skin, you need a cleanser. Lava soap won’t do. It’s too abrasive. Ivory soap won’t do. It has too much detergent. Any kind of soap that makes big bubbles can cause tiny cracks in your skin that your skin will repair by making extra oil, which becomes still more zits, whiteheads that turn into blackheads or pimples.
Any kind of perfumed soap is a bad idea, too. Perfumes can make your skin break out. Any cleanser that leaves your skin feeling tingly is actually irritating your skin, and making it produce more oil that turns into more zits. The best products you can find in Walmart, Costco, or a drug store are Neutrogena and CeraVe, which cost a couple dollars more but that won’t irritate your skin.
Use a Skin Cleanser
How you use your skin cleanser makes a big difference in how fast you clear up blemishes on your skin. The most important thing to remember is to let the cleanser do the work. You don’t have to rub it on, rub it in, or rub it off. Just wash your hands, so you won’t put dirt and germs back on your skin, and make a lather of the skin cleanser in your hand (small bubbles are good, big bubbles are bad), and put it on your skin.
About 30 seconds later, wash the cleanser off with warm water. Then pat your skin dry with a clean towel. It is important to use a clean towel to keep from putting bacteria back on your skin, and it’s especially important not to use a towel that someone else has used if they have their own skin problems. This gets your skin clean, but there is still more to clearing up blemishes.
Use a Moisturizer
Acne is caused by clogs of oil on top of pores in the skin. It is not caused by moisture that is in the skin. Moisture in your skin actually helps clear up your skin, because it keeps your skin flexible. Your pores will drain better if there is moisture in your skin, your skin will look brighter, too. This makes zits less noticeable. Dry skin looks gray and makes pimples prominent.
The best moisturizer for your skin is water. No matter what you have been told, you don’t have to hydrate your skin from the inside out. If you are drinking so much water you are having to get hall passes to go to the restroom at school five times a day, you are drinking too much. Water on your skin will do the trick. Just splash your face with clean water, leave it on your skin for about 5 or 10 seconds, blot dry with a clean towel that no one else has ever used or ever will, and go about your way. This can save you lots of money and make your zits look better while they are healing (more about that in a moment).
If you use makeup, you can’t splash yourself in the face several times a day, but you can apply moisturizer before you put on foundation. It is important that you use a moisturizer that is alcohol-free. Alcohol dries your skin. Dry skin repairs itself by making oil.
It’s not usually critical to avoid oil in a moisturizer. If you have naturally oily skin, just use less moisturizer, or just use on the sides of your face near your eyes, which usually dry out first. If you are cleansing your skin regularly, a little oil in your moisturizer will also help, but don’t forget to cleanse off the moisturizer and makeup in the evening that you put on in the morning. And make sure your cleanser gets all your makeup off your face before you go to bed at night. Makeup can clog pores, too.
Cleansing and moisturizing will loosen up whiteheads and blackheads so that they fall out on their own, usually in 2 or 3 days. Don’t squeeze them. Don’t pick at them. You usually won’t actually get them out, and you’ll just make the skin around them red so that they are even more noticeable. Let cleanser take care of non-inflamed zits. If cleanser doesn’t work, then try a product with an exfoliant, alpha-hydroxy acids if you have dry skin, or beta-hydroxy acids if you have oily skin.
The big skin care issue for most teens who have acne is pimples. You can’t get rid of them overnight. You may be able to get rid of them in 3 or 4 days if you kill acne bacteria. You can do this with benzoyl peroxide gel you put on the pimple, and only on the pimple, and nowhere else but on the pimple, to kill bacteria in about 48 hours. Your skin does the rest of the work over the next few days.
Or you can also treat your pimples with tea tree oil, but you will need actual tea tree oil, not a product that just smells like tea tree oil. Get tea tree oil from an herbal products store or from the Internet. Apply a little tea tree oil to the pimple with a clean cotton ball, and then throw the cotton ball away. This takes a little longer, about 72 hours, to kill bacteria, but it begins to get the red out of your pimple right away. It also treats nasty zits with yellow centers—never pick at them—that are actually caused by staph bacteria, not acne bacteria.
You can cover up pimples with MOM, milk of magnesia. It takes the red out, and it stops inflammation, although it does not kill bacteria. Just a little dot of MOM covers up the pimple on white or light brown skin. If you have darker skin, you can use concealer, but you need yellow concealer if you have dark brown or black skin, brown concealer if you have Asian skin. Don’t overdo it. You don’t want the concealer to look worse than the pimple.
Graduating From Zit Zapping 101
If you follow these general steps, you will generally do an OK job of zapping your zits. Getting rid of acne for good takes a complete acne care system like Exposed Skin Care, which comes with a money-back guarantee and may actually cost less than buying lots of separate products.
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