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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