How to Heal Acne In Five Not Necessarily Easy Steps
Healing acne can be hard. But if you have a mild to moderate case of the common kind of acne that causes whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples on your face, healing acne is always possible with daily care for your skin. Here are five steps to healing acne and getting rid of blemishes for good.
- Just about anyone can heal mild to moderate common acne at home.
- The first step in healing acne is cleansing acne with gentle products. You can cleanse your skin as often as four times a day if you use products that don’t irritate it.
- The second step in healing acne is reducing the skin’s production of sebum with gentle astringents such as green tea extract.
- The next step in healing acne is sealing moisture (not oil) in your skin.
- The final skin treatment you need for healing acne is gentle microdermabrasion to remove dead skin and hardened skin oil at the opening of pores filled with whiteheads or blackheads.
- Fight acne inflammation from the inside out with probiotic supplements.
- All of the products you need for the five steps of healing acne are available from Exposed Skin Care with a one-year money-back guarantee.
1. Cleanse your skin every day, but with the right products.
You can’t rub your acne away, and you can’t clean your acne away, but daily gentle cleansing of your skin can stop the formation of new blemishes on your skin while old blemishes heal.
The best cleanser for your skin is a mixture of oils in water1 that are held together with an ingredient called propylene glycol. You actually can cleanser your skin, even oily skin, with pure olive oil. Because like dissolves like, oils dissolve oils on your skin.
The problem with using pure oil as a skin cleanser is that it is hard to blot off your face. That is why the best cleansers for acne-prone skin2 contain a mixture of oil and water held together the other ingredients that will not irritate your skin.
There are skin cleansers that are always bad for your skin. Any kind of cleanser that makes big foamy bubbles. Any kind of cleanser that leaves your skin red is bad for your skin. And any kind of cleanser that leaves your skin feeling tingly today can cause pimples to break out tomorrow.
Just how important is it not to over-wash your skin? Scientists at Harvard Medical School found3 that washing your skin as frequently as twice a day is OK—as long as you don’t use cleansers that contain ingredients that irritate your skin.
2. Treat your skin with ingredients that tonify your skin.
Skin “tonics” are products that reduce the production of excess oil without drying out your skin. In the old days, most skin products were mostly alcohol. Any alcohol product that is more than 46% (or 92-proof) kills acne bacteria on contact and dissolves excess skin oil. But it’s better to stop the production of excess skin oil rather than to try to melt it off your face once it has formed.
One of the very best skin tonics is green tea extract. Your acne skin tonifier does not have to contain more than about 3% green tea extract to reduce production of oil4 in your skin. When your pores make less oil, they are less likely to get clogged and form blemishes—no matter what else you do.
3. Moisturize your skin.
Your skin forms a protective barrier5 like a brick wall. Skin cells known as corneocytes are the bricks. Skin components such as ceramides and cholesterol are the mortar. Sometimes your skin can have too many bricks and not enough mortar. That’s the condition moisturizer is designed to correct. Moisturizers add ceramides and cholesterol or just a tiny amount of water to the skin to help keep it flexible6.
Or sometimes moisturizers don’t add anything to your skin at all. They just prevent the skin from losing the moisture it already has.
One of the best moisturizers for the skin is a chemical that helps the skin preserve its natural moisture known as dimethicone, which is also known by its chemical name polydimethysiloxane. Dimethicone is non-toxic, non-irritating, and inert. It’s what is used to make Silly Putty.
Placed on the skin, dimethicone seals water in the skin7. It also prevents irritation and itching and unnatural redness in the skin. Unlike oils, it won’t clog pores. Unlike alcohol, it won’t dry out the skin. If you have extremely dry skin because of some kind of autoimmune disease, you need a different product that adds moisture to the skin, but because dimethicone protects moisture rather than increasing it, it is useful for all skin types. When you keep your skin naturally moist, it has deeper and richer color and allows pores to stay open.
4. Don’t scrub your skin, but rub your skin with a microdermabrasion cloth.
Microdermabrasion is a process of removing tiny amounts of dead skin7 and hardened oils off the surface of your skin without injuring healthy skin. It’s an alternative to much more vigorous procedures that expose the regenerative layers of the skin to attempt to force healing.
All you do to perform microdermabrasion at home is to cleanse your skin and pat it dry, and then to rub a polyethylene cloth across the surface of your face like a piece of completely non-scratchy sand paper. You will see some results right away. You will see more results as the weeks go by. The microdermabrasion cloth can be used over and over again as long as you keep it clean, and only costs about US $10 for your initial investment.
5. Stop inflammation from the inside out.
Acne involves the accumulation of excess acne bacteria in pores, but the inflammation that makes pimples is not caused by the bacteria themselves. Itchy, oozing, red pimples are due to the immune system’s attack on those bacteria that takes out healthy skin cells at the same time. But you can train your immune system to fight acne bacteria with less inflammation.
The way to do that is by eating yogurt that contains live cultures or by taking probiotic supplements8. These friendly bacteria find their way to the tiny indentation of the colon known as the villi. In the colon the immune system sees them as hostile invaders, so it releases inflammation. But because the probiotic bacteria in yogurt are constantly getting removed with waste and they don’t ever attack human tissues, the immune system learns that excessive inflammation is not necessary. It transfers this immune memory to its reactions to acne bacteria in the skin, and the skin clears.
All of the best products for these five tasks of healing acne are available from Exposed Skin Care. Exposed Skin Care’s Facial Tonic, Acne Treatment Serum, Moisture Complex, Microdermabrasion Cloth, and Probiotic Complex are exactly what you need to heal mild to moderate common acne and keep it gone for good. Since Exposed Skin Care products come with a one-year money-back guarantee, you have nothing to lose by getting started on the right track to heal acne for good.
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