Declaring War on Acne and Mosquitoes

If you occasionally get one pimple, it is like occasionally getting one mosquito bite. It is sufficient to put a little cream on the red bump when it shows up. However, if you are prone to acne, it is more like your home is infested with an entire swarm of starving mosquitoes. It is no longer sufficient to treat only the bite because you are going to keep getting bitten over and over again. In this case, you must treat the bite AND kill the mosquitoes before they ever bite you. Similarly, if you are prone to acne, you must treat the pimples as they appear AND treat the underlying conditions that cause them.

To carry this analogy one step further; even if you kill all of the adult mosquitoes, new eggs will hatch tomorrow and they will keep biting you. To solve the problem once and for all you must declare war on the mosquitoes! Kill the eggs. Kill the larva. Kill the pupa. Kill the adults. And treat your existing bites.

Similarly, to successfully treat your acne you must declare war on pimples! This means you must follow a treatment regimen that attacks the outbreak at every stage of its life cycle. The acne “egg” starts with the overproduction of oil (sebum). This process leads to pores getting clogged, bacteria growing, your immune system over-reacting and finishes with an exaggerated inflammatory response which are pimples.

The only effective way to break the cycle is to follow a treatment protocol that simultaneously treats the oil, clogs, bacteria and inflammation. The steps outlined below combat acne in all of its life stages. They are designed to treat your existing pimples as well as break the life cycle of future breakouts.

The Battle Plan:

Start by washing your face with a good cleanser. This will wash away excess oil (sebum), and kill bacteria. Take care in selecting your cleanser and ALL products that contact your skin. Many (most) products contain ingredients that can clog your pores and make your acne worse! See the article “Are You Making Your Acne Worse? – Comedogenic Ingredients” see link available at the bottom of this article.

After washing, use a chemical exfoliating scrub. This product reduces clogged pores by removing layers of dead skin cells. The gritty portion of the scrub mechanically abrades the cells away. The chemical exfoliate, which is typically glycolic, salicylic, malic, citric or mandelic acid, “dissolves” the glue-like substance that binds the skin cells together.

Thoroughly rinse your face with Epsom salts dissolved in warm water. You can even apply a washcloth soaked in the Epsom salt solution on your face for several minutes. Allow the Epsom salts, which is actually magnesium sulfate, to be absorbed into your skin. This will reduce the inflammation, improve circulation and help flush toxins from the cells.

Finish by applying either a hydrating lotion or zinc oxide. The best hydrating lotions contain hyaluronic acid or hyaluronate. This is a water binding ingredient that hydrates without adding oil to the skin.

If you have cystic or inflamed acne, apply an ointment that contains at least 20% zinc oxide. The zinc will speed the healing and rebuilding of the skin and also protect against the spreading of the bacteria to other parts of your face.

The Truth About Treating Acne Effectively

You’ve probably been told a lot of things about how to clear up your acne, but it’s very important to know just what you can believe and what will really help you on your way to getting clear skin forever. You don’t have to live with your acne and this article will help you take back control over your own body and eliminate it from your skin once and for all. Once you have the proper and correct information, waging the war against acne is a lot easier.

One universal truth for every person who has problems with acne is that it’s absolutely critical to keep your skin clean. I’m not just talking about scrubbing with soap and water each night either. It’s a good place to start, but if you are planning on doing real damage to your acne, you will want to use a stronger more effective method of treatment, such as a topical treatment product. These skin care products are designed to destroy the bacteria and toxins that get down into the pores of the skin and cause your acne breakouts to occur.

Topical products are anything like a facial scrub, lotion, or cream that is used to moisturize or treat skin that has been effected by acne. You simple apply it to wherever acne is present on the body, usually the face, but acne can present virtually anywhere. Before you actually go out and buy one of these types of products, you will want to go on the internet and take a look at what other people have used to gain the upper hand over their condition. The last thing you want to do is end up wasting your time and money on a product that doesn’t work because you didn’t find out enough about it. There are too many companies out there that are ready and willing to take advantage of people who don’t know enough about acne treatment, so don’t let yourself be one.

Popular Facial Masks Against Acne

The face mask against acne is not only a best cure of acne but it also cleans your skin pores and maintains the tightness and texture of skin. When you find the mask recipe that works well with your skin, it can help to clear and soothe your skin. Here I offer the most popular facial masks for skin with acne. Try one or several of these masks to see how your skin responds to the treatment. When you find a mask that your skin really seems to respond well to, try using it one or two times a week to see improvements.

Baking Soda Mask
There are only two ingredients in this homemade acne mask; one is baking soda and second is water. Make a mixture of baking soda and water, after washing your face with any cleaner; gently apply this mask on your skin. After applying the mask stay relax for up to 20 minutes. Then wash your face and you will feel the softness and clarity of skin. And if your skin feels good with this acne homemade mask treatment, try it twice a week to clean your acne.

Egg White Mask
This is simple and quite frugal. All you need to do is separate the yolk from the egg whites. Then whip the egg whites until it becomes soft and frothy. Apply it to your clean face (using clean hands). Leave on for approximately 20 minutes and wash off with warm water. If you are allergic from egg, then don’t use it.

Egg Yolk Mask
The use of vitamin A against acne scarring is best treatment, and the yolk of egg contains it. Simply whip the yolk of egg and apply it on your skin. Leave it to at least 20 minutes and relaxed your skin mussels. Then wash off.

Acne Tonic with Basil
To make this homemade face mask, you need 3 teaspoons of dried basil leaves and boiling water. Steep basil leaves in water for 10 to 20 minutes. Cool, then apply to face with a white cotton ball.

Sea Salt or Table Salt Mask
Swim in the ocean (or buy sea salt and make a mask). Or just gently wash with salt & water mixed.

Oatmeal Mask
Blend some oatmeal with water and gently spread it onto your skin. Leave it until it dries (10-15 minutes). This mask is gentle and safe.

Apple&Honey Acne Mask
You need 1 medium apple and 4 tablespoons honey. Mix together the grated apple and honey. Smooth over your clean skin and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Rinse gently with warm water and moisturize as usual. This mask is good for oily skin that has a tendency to break out.