Does leaving acne alone work?
Have you ever had an ache somewhere on your body, but then you forgot about it and it just went away? I am pretty sure you have experienced this. However, when it comes to aches and pains we are comfortable leaving them alone. No one can see an ache!
Replace the h in ‘ache’ with an n and it is a whole different game. Acne is such that it brings out the worst in you. Understandably so and it should!! Acne never plays fair.
You see it every time you look into the mirror. All you want, is to get it to leave your face. Without leaving a trace, that it was ever there in the first place. So what do you do? You go to war with your acne. Benzoyl peroxide and various acne creams get slathered on.
You spend so so much time fighting with your skin, that eventually it starts to fight back with you.
Here are 3 things those of us with acne are guilty of doing at some time or the other. If you stop doing these things, your skin will start to heal and clear up.
1. Using Too 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. And that is certainly not what you want!
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 acne product at night, you will wake up with more acne. Give your skin a chance to do its thing and heal itself. Try it on a weekend and see.
2. 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 is healing or not. Our whole faces get examined this way.
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. 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.
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3. 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 you pick it or squeeze it thinking it will heal, trust me on this, bad things will follow.
When I popped my acne, the next day my face was red. Within a few days every spot on my face was covered with acne. It was so bad I had to go to the ER.
Resist the urge to touch your face 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 especially 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.
Edit : I’ve had a lot of emails and comments asking me whether sunscreen can be used. The products I refer to are acne products. Let me say that sunscreen is a must if you have acne or not. Please remember to always wear sunscreen when stepping out in the sun.