Acne ain’t just for teenagers anymore! More and more, bad skin and acne can hit people of all ages. Luckily, there are many different ways to treat blemishes, from typical treatments and cover up to more natural home remedies.
Typical Acne Treatments
OTC Topical Treatments – Mild lotions that dry up oil, kill bacteria and promote shedding of dead skin cells.
RX Topical Treatments – Strong lotions that promote cell turnover and plugging of hair follicles.
Antibiotics – A short course of oral antibiotics can reduce bacteria and fight inflammation from acne.
Isotretinoin/ Accutane – A powerful medication for severe acne, sometimes considered a “last resort” since it has some nasty side effects. (Dry lips/skin, nosebleeds, depression, rash, etc.)
Acne Cover Up Techniques With Makeup
If medication and prescription strength cleansers aren’t working, here’s a step-by-step guide to concealing your acne with makeup. It’s usually best to choose makeups specially formulated for acne.
Step 1: Cleanser
Use a gentle acne cleanser and toner to clean and dry your skin before applying makeup. Apply a light moisturizer if your skin is too dry.
Step 2: Primer
Rub a primer into your skin, both face and neck to prepare your skin for your foundation. Use a green primer if you have very red blemishes.
Step 3: Concealer
Can be applied before or after foundation. Dot your concealer on problem areas and blend gently using a patting motion.
Step 4: Foundation
Cot your foundation onto your face. Use your hands or a brush to smooth over skin.
Step 5: Powder
Powders help set the foundation and lock it in. Use a brush or power puff and apply powder by gently patting it on your skin in circular motions.
Natural Acne Treatments And Cleansers
There are many alternatives to commercial acne treatments – many of which you already have stocked in your house!
Olive Oil For Cleanser
Massage a small amount into your skin and let sit for three minutes. Apply a steamy towel over your face. After it cools, use it to wipe away remaining oil.
Lemon Juice For Toner
Dilute slightly with water. Apply to your face and wash off after 15 minutes.
Honey For Spot Remover
Honey is a natural antibacterial. Dab a small amount on a zit and cover with band-aid overnight. Most zits will be significantly smaller by the next morning.
Egg Yolk For Unclogging Pores
Separate the yolks of 2 eggs from the egg white. Mix the eggs, apply to your face, allow it to harden and sit for 15-20 minutes before rinsing.
Oatmeal To Reduce Redness
Vitamin-rich oatmeal can reduce redness and inflammation. Mix 1 cup oatmeal in 1 cup boiling water and allow to cool. Apply it to your face and rinse after three minutes.
Garlic For Prevention
Crush 2 peeled garlic cloves into a pulp. Apply the juice from it to your face and wash after 5-10 minutes.