Many of us will have had to deal with acne at some point in our lives. Sadly for some people, acne can become a persistent problem that seldom goes away on its own. If that sounds like a familiar problem, don’t worry because you are not alone. Around 90% of the global population has experienced acne in their lives, often as teenagers.
If you’re worried that you might have acne for the rest of your life, the good news is there is plenty you can do to prevent that from happening. Here are some ideas for you to consider that will help get rid of acne and help you to look and feel fantastic.
One of the simplest and most cost-effective ways of dealing with acne spots is to treat them with tea tree oil. In case you didn’t know, tea tree oil gets extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca Alternifolia trees.
Tea tree oil is a natural method of helping your body to fight bacterial infections and lower any skin inflammation. There is plenty of medical research to show that tea tree oil is effective in dealing with acne. Plus, it also doesn’t have many of the side effects associated with ‘over the counter’ acne medicines commonly found in chemists. To apply tea tree oil to your acne spots, you should first dilute it with water at a ratio of 1:9 (i.e., one part tea tree oil to nine parts water). Once you’ve done that, simply apply the diluted solution to your skin using a cotton swab.
If you’ve tried a plethora of methods before to no avail, it’s time to bring out the big guns! IPL (intense pulsed light) laser treatment is a type of technology that can get used for acne treatment.
The great thing about IPL treatments is they cause little to no pain, and each session only lasts for a few minutes. That means you don’t have to worry about spending hours being pulsed by a laser, and it’s a type of treatment you can even get done during your work lunch break!
You might not realise it, but having a diet of junk food can significantly increase your chances of having regular acne outbreaks. That’s because takeaway or “fast” food seldom contains the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to feel healthy and purge itself of oxidants. In other words, you are better off eating healthy foods to lower the risk of getting acne. A low-glycemic diet is usually a good way to help keep your skin pores clear and reduce the chances of excess oil produced that can clog those pores. Examples of low-glycemic foods include whole-grain foods, leafy green vegetables, and beans. It’s also worth avoid processed and sugary foods as they too can cause your skin pores to become blocked up due to excess oil.