Most experts will tell you that having a nice complexion requires keeping the face very clean, eating well, and drinking lots of water. Although these techniques do help prevent acne thousands of teens are stricken with it regardless. Over-the-counter medicines have greatly improved over the years and for the most part they work well. But, for some kids the chemicals used in these ointments can cause irritation and further skin problems, or the ointments simply don’t work.
One way to effectively treat acne is to keep face clean from oils, make-up and dirt. Washing the face a couple of times a day helps but for added cleanliness try a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol before bed. Not only does alcohol help dry the skin of oil but it also kills bacteria-causing germs. And since bacteria is at the heart of acne and blemishes it’s important to keep skin free of it’s dangers.
Using alcohol more frequently than once daily can cause skin to peel or become irritated. Alcohol is especially helpful when the effects of a pimple are first being felt. Often, the skin around the area of a pimple-to-be can begin to sting or feel sore when rubbed. Upon first noticing this condition douse the area (and only this area) with alcohol three times daily.
Those who have really oily skin have particular complexion problems which often result in blackheads. Oatmeal is one way to treat oily skin and it’s inexpensive. Oatmeal is very dry and absorbs oil from the skin. Make a thick paste from oatmeal and water then apply to the face in the morning and evening. Allow the paste to stay on face for 10 to 20 minutes before rinsing with cool water.
Another effective facial mask for those with oily skin is made from honey and apples. After grating the apple into a fine pulp mix in four tablespoons of honey and apply to face for ten minutes. Or beat an egg white until stiff and add a few drops of witch hazel and a few drops of lemon juice. Spread the mixture over the face and leave for fifteen minutes. Rinse well with barely warm water.
Tomatoes work wonders for oily skin as well. After mashing a ripe tomato drain the juice on paper towels for a few minutes. Now take the tomato pieces and pat them onto the face, while lying back, and leave for fifteen to twenty minutes. Rinse with warm water. Do this treatment once daily, preferably in the morning.
Try to keep from picking at pimples. Dirt under the fingernails gets into the pimple to infect it further. If your current medication isn’t working too well try some of these remedies to see if they’ll help. If you’re trying old-fashioned remedies and they don’t work ask your physician about prescription medications for relief.