Most people suffer from spots and blemishes at some point in their lives. Often they can be brought on by a change of lifestyle, diet, stress or even weather, so you don’t have to reach for medical solutions in the first instance. While acne is usually due to hormones triggering an increase in oil production, you can do plenty to soothe mild cases at home. Start by minimizing your skincare regime down to just washing and hydrating twice a day. Then look to exfoliate and deep cleanse, in order to unblock pores. For many people, a routine such as this clears up outbreaks.
1.Clean your skin twice a day with a deep cleansing but gentle product such as an oil cleanser. Initially use your regular cleanser if you don’t want to buy a new product, but keep in mind that effective nonstripping cleansing is key to clearing up your skin.
2.Follow each cleanse with a dab of light-hydrating moisturizer. Make this oil free if you have an oily skin type. Or, if you prefer the comfort of a thicker product, use a gel cream, which feels soothing but hydrates rather than adding oil.
3.Exfoliate skin up to three times a week, using a fluid or mask exfoliator. These contain alpha-hydroxy acids or enzymes to peel away dead skin cells. Exfoliating helps to prevent excess oil from becoming trapped under the skin and causing spots.
4.Use a deep cleansing mask once a week. Ideally choose one that has soothing ingredients, such as essential oils or camphor, as well as clay. This should help to calm redness and swelling as well as physically draw excess oil from the skin. The toning effects of these masks also give the impression of smoother and tighter pores, and they are a good way to treat blackheads.