Popping is not always the answer.14 July 2017 10:45
Is acne one of your life problems? Are you wondering why do they have to be there and why do they have to show off on your face?
So this is how acne happens:
Inside your pores, sebum is mixed with dead skin cell, causing clogged pores which might let acne bacteria popularize and free radical compounds damage the tissue and cause redness and inflammation.
Sometimes the redness will be gone by itself. However, there are some cases where the redness does not change even after a year which means it might be acne scars.
There are some natural treatments that can reduce the redness which are effective and simple that you can do it at home:
1. Ice cubes
Ice cubes might be the fastest way. Put some ice cubes inside a fabric and put them on the spot where you have the infection. Let it be for few minutes. Redo it until the redness reduced. Make sure you do not push it too hard to avoid injuring the acne and making it worse.
2. Eye drops
Eye drops such as Visine contains tetrahydrozoline hydrochloride which helps to reduce acne fast.
Drop some eye drip liquid on cotton and put it inside a freezer. Let it be for a night. The next morning, put it on the acne for few minutes.
When the skin absorbs the liquid, there will be temporary constriction of blood vessels and it will reduce the redness.
If the redness is not reduced, try to do it again.
Not only for headache, aspirin has salicylic acid that can reduce inflammation by peeling the skin and redness through constriction of blood vessels.
Split it into half, add some water, and then apply it on the acne. Put a plaster to cover it and leave it for 30 minutes.
4. Toothpaste without mint and fluoride
Toothpaste has silica which helps dry the acne. But it is better for you to not using toothpaste which has menthol or fluoride. These materials might not only cause irritation, but also create more acne.
You can also cover it using make-up since now we can find a lot of cosmetics which are non-oily and non-blackheads.
Choose cosmetics made from minerals such as silica, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide since these materials do not cause irritation and are effective to reduce oil from the skin and cover the redness.
If you use concealer, use the green one since it is contrary with the red color on acne thus can disguise the redness. Put some powder after using concealer to make the color with the skin match and to prevent make up from fading.
Remember that these fast ways to remove acne does not minimize the risk of acne scars. You should consult your doctor to know how to prevent acne scars.
The article was previously published in Hellosehat.com and all medical data have been reviewed by a licensed medical doctor.