3 Ways to Keep Acne at Bay
Clear skin isn’t just about aesthetic appeal, it’s an indicator of your overall health. Your skin is the mirror you can’t see – it mirrors the state of your well-being, and the lack of it is often indicative of stress, or underlying imbalances in your body.
Acne is a skin condition common among adolescents but can also occur in adults. It is the result of excess secretion from the oil glands of the skin accumulating in its pores. While acne can get severe (cystic acne) it is still treatable. And sometimes all it takes to get rid of those pesky pricks (pun intended) is paying more attention to your skin.
Here are three things to try at home to keep acne at bay.
- Keep it clean!
Your skin needs to breathe, just as you do. Washing your face regularly helps get rid of an excess oil and grime that may have gotten into the pores of your skin. If your skin naturally tends to be oily, a few extra splashes will help. I would normally recommend that you wash your face at least twice a day, and if your skin tends to be oily, make that thrice. And a regular cleansing routine would make for the icing on the cake.
- Pick the right face wash
Have you ever seen anyone grab a face wash from the shelf at the supermarket like they couldn’t care less? Thanks to some questionable advertising, some people almost feel judged to be buying them in the first place. But I can’t reiterate this enough – read them labels! The least you can do is pick a face wash that suits your skin type – Normal, Dry, Oily and Combination are the four broad categories.
- Use cold-pressed Neem oil
Cold-pressed oils are known to be of higher quality since the oil extraction process involves minimal or negligent use of external heat. Neem referred to in the Vedas as Sarva Roga Nivarini, has been used in Ayurveda for several centuries now. The leaves, seeds, and bark of the tree are hailed for their anti-inflammatory properties. Applying cold-pressed neem oil can rejuvenate your skin and removes scars too. Alternatively, a paste of neem leaves acts as an excellent exfoliant.
In most cases, acne should fade and not recur with care. But if it seems like your condition persists be sure to consult a dermatologist.