Many of us have experienced acne at some point and it can be frustrating to say the least. Whether pimples popped up during the teen years or a little later in life, it can be difficult to weed through all the information to find what really works best for our skin and what’s causing it more damage. Let’s talk a little more about what acne treatments and tips you may be doing that you might want to reconsider.
Using Rubbing Alcohol on the Skin
There are those who believe that rubbing alcohol helps their skin and others who say it does more harm than good. As someone who used rubbing alcohol on the skin during a point in teenage years after hearing that it could help eliminate pimples, many fell into the latter category. There are some who experience irritation, dryness, and even more pimples – especially those who have sensitive skin – and others who say it’s helped them. Before you try this method, speak to your dermatologist who could suggest whether or not it may be beneficial for your skin.
Washing Your Face Too Much
Did you know that over-washing your face could strip your skin of natural oils? You should absolutely wash your face every evening of all the dirt, grime, bacteria, and product that have built up throughout the day, but your skin could get dry and irritated if you wash it too much. It’s for this reason that you should discuss with your dermatologist if you should stick to washing it morning and night or just at night.
Sunbathing to Reduce Pimples
Your pimples may decrease in appearance, but you could be doing serious damage to your skin in the process when you’re exposing your skin to the sun’s rays for extended periods of time, especially if it’s something you’re doing on a daily basis. Not only are you putting yourself at risk for sunburn and skin cancer, but you’re also increasing your chances of seeing wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and various other changes to the skin in the future.
Using Toothpaste to Clear Up Pimples
While toothpaste may slightly minimize the size of a pimple, it’s also possible that it could irritate your skin even further, especially if you already have sensitive skin to begin with. If it’s a spot treatment that you’re looking for, then you’re better off buying one that’s specifically made for your skin rather than toothpaste that’s meant for your teeth.
One thing to know about acne is that for some, certain treatments and tips might not work while they may work perfectly fine for others. Everyone’s skin is different which is why it’s so important to speak to your dermatologist to determine what’s best for you. Once you figure that out, the two of you can form a skincare regimen that is ideal for your skin. It may take some time and trial and error, but chances are you’ll be happy with the positive results you’re seeing especially in the long term.