How to Get Clear Skin by Just Leaving It Alone

Have you ever had an ache somewhere on your body, but then you forgot about it and it just went away? I am sure most of us have experienced this. However, when it comes to aches and pains we are comfortable leaving them alone. Acne though, is a whole different game. Acne is such that it brings out the worst in us. We see it every time we look into the mirror. All we want is to get it to go on its merry way as soon as possible. So what do we do? We go to war with the acne. We spend so much time fighting with our skin that eventually it starts to fight back.

Here are 3 things that if you stop doing your skin will start to heal and clear up.

Using To0 Many Products

The first instinct is to fight acne with ointments like benzoyl peroxide (BP) and those available in your local drugstore. If your acne heals with BP or anything else, great. If it does not respond, do not increase the amount of product thinking that will help. In my experience if the acne did not respond to less product, it is certainly not going to respond to more of it. What you will end up with is dry, red and irritated skin. And the acne will still be there!! If you are using a product for 6 weeks and see no improvement it’s time to stop. Ideally you should see an improvement in acne in 2-3 weeks. If it does not work stop using the product.

Do not get worried that if you do not use any product you will wake up with more acne. Give your skin a chance to do its thing and heal itself.

Touching Your Face

In addition to using too many products for acne we tend to touch our faces way too often. You feel the need to touch your acne to see if it’s healing or not. One after another we examine our whole faces. A few minutes later, the whole cycle gets repeated again. This tends to be a vicious cycle as this leads to more acne which then leads to more touching. In addition touching acne will infect them further and this leads to more acne forming around and even under acne. Touching acne also leads to scarring. So keep your hands off your face.

Squeezing and Picking

Another bad habit, which in my opinion is way worse than just touching and using too many products is picking and squeezing your acne. Just saying it creeps me out now though I was guilty of doing it a long long time back. Guess what happened after that? A bad bad attack of cystic acne which needed cryotherapy and lead to indented scars. If you think your acne is bad now and pick it or squeeze it, trust me on this, bad things will follow. Resist the urge and let it go.

If you have tried everything else for your acne and see no result it’s time to leave your face alone and see if that makes an improvement. This means no products (those meant for acne), no touching and certainly no picking and squeezing. You can wash your face as normal. Plain water is often best if you are not using makeup or sunscreen. Ditching the face wash too will be even better. Leaving your face alone may be the best thing you do for it.

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7 Tips to Deal with Cystic Acne

Cystic acne is probably the worst kind of acne you can get, not that any kind of acne is good! It forms deep within your skin, then slowly rears its ugly head. You can see it breaking the surface of your skin in the form of a hard, red and painful bump. Then it comes out further and may get filled with pus. It actually physically hurts from the minute it starts forming. You can feel it while you talk, laugh or eat. If that was not bad enough it looks awful. So how do we deal with cystic acne? Here are 7 ways that will help you heal faster.

  1. No Touching

Touching your face frequently irritates it. It irritates your acne and your skin. Want your acne to heal faster, leave it alone. Your fingers have no magical powers that heal. Leave your face alone and let your body take care of it.

2. Make sure your pillowcase is clean

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Till your acne heals, make sure any surface that touches your face is clean. Imagine laying your face and sleeping 8 hours on a dirty pillowcase. If you cannot change it every day then place a clean towel on your pillowcase and change the towel every alternate day

3. No Makeup

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Though I perfectly understand why you would want to cover up acne, till your acne heal stay away from any makeup. It’s not so much the makeup as the act of applying the makeup that will irritate your skin. And then, of course, getting the makeup off. If you’re worried about covering up remember that unless your makeup is really heavy and done by a professional makeup artist, it’s going to look awful. Instead of covering up take care of your skin and let it heal and it will look amazing even without makeup.

4. No harsh skincare

No strong facewashes, no strong ointments and definitely no scrubs. Your skin needs to be treated very, very gently at this point. By irritating it you are setting yourself up for more acne and possibly scars.

5. Use gentle treatments to heal

Generally, I recommend leaving your skin alone to heal and do its own thing. However, you can gently apply organic honey to the affected parts to hasten the healing.

6. Take care of your diet

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Cystic acne is a big sign that the inflammation levels in your body are high. You can reduce this inflammation by not eating any inflammatory foods. The 2 big culprits here are sugar and dairy. Don’t think you can give up both? Give up sugar only. Include a lot of green leafy vegetables in your diet. Also anti-inflammatory spices such as ginger and turmeric.

7. Keep yourself hydrated

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This means drinking lots of water, lemon water and green tea. Green tea and lemon water work to bring down the inflammation and reduce the redness in your skin.