Skin Care Tips for Acne

To prevent acne, a good hygiene is necessary. Washing your face carefully can help, but you also  have to pay attention to what touches your face. For instance, do you wash your pillow case or sheets regularly? You should wash these once a week to make sure they do not retain any oil from your skin.
A very useful remedy for treating acne is tea tree oil.  Tea tree oil kills bacteria living the pores, thus eliminating acne.  Simply use a cotton ball or swab to apply some to the affected areas of the skin.  Some facial cleansers contain tea tree oil as a main ingredient, allowing you to combine treatments.
Acne can be very difficult to deal with when shaving, especially if you have the severe variety.  After shaving, make sure that you apply after shave balm, as your face will be very dry and irritated from the blades. After shave balm creates a soothing feeling and reduces the dryness that shaving instills.
Aside from cleansing and diet, you can reduce acne by reducing your stress levels.  High stress levels causes you to break out due to a release of a hormone known as cortisol.  Cortisol can clog pores, which leads to acne.  Take time to relax out of your day by resting or doing light exercise such as yoga.
Much like garlic, onions can also reduce acne.  Onions contain sulfuric acid, which eliminates acne bacteria. Simply cut some slices of onion and soak them in water for a bit, then apply the water to the affected areas of your face. If you’re brave enough, you can try rubbing onion slices directly to your skin.
A simple and relatively inexpensive home remedy for acne can be found in baking soda.  Baking soda acts as a natural exfoliant by helping to remove dead skin cells.  It also cleans and unclogs pores.  To use, simply create a paste by combining a little water and baking soda, and wash away after 15 minutes.
One of the odd, natural ways to clear up acne is to apply lemon juice to the worst spots on your face two to three times a week.  Apply it to the enlarged pores, but be sure that you don’t use it more than twice a week, as it will dry out your skin.
Lemon juice can aid in treating acne and and scarring. The juice contains citric acid which will dry out a pimple. Simply put a little on a cotton ball and place it directly on the pimple. If you have very sensitive skin, be sure to dilute the lemon juice. You can also use it to lighten any red marks caused by scarring.
Avoid environmental pollutants as much as possible.  The air pollution around us from cars, factories, and construction can take a toll on your skin.  Avoiding environmental exposure and taking time to wash your face after being exposed can help to keep your acne at bay.  If you live in a larger metropolitan area, this can be much more important.
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