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How To Get Rid Of Spots

Acne (also known as acne vulgaris) is a common skin condition that can affect anyone. Whilst acne is often associated with teenagers, adults can get it too and more than 80% of cases of adult acne are found in females.

If you’ve been wondering how to get rid of acne, we have five ideas for you to try in this article.  

Don’t squeeze a spot

Whilst it can be tempting, you should try and avoid squeezing both whiteheads and blackheads. Squeezing can damage the skin around the blemish and move the bacteria and infection to other areas, possibly spreading the spots to otherwise clear skin too.

You are more likely to end up with acne scars if you squeeze a pimple, particularly if you do it repeatedly.

Take care with your skin care routine

Acne is caused by the hair follicles getting blocked by excess amounts of sebum. Sebum is an oily substance produced by glands in the skin to prevent dry skin.

Too much sebum can actually make the usually harmless bacteria P. acnes act differently and create inflammation and pus. This has nothing to do with your personal hygiene, and actually washing more often than twice a day can irritate your acne rather than help improve it.

That being said, you should still wash your face thoroughly with a mild cleanser and warm water. Warm water is best as hot or cold water can irritate acne. Take a shower as soon as you can after working out to prevent your sweat aggravating any acne on your face or body.

If you wear makeup, it’s important that you remove it every day. You should also make sure you wash your makeup brushes regularly so they aren’t dirty.

Make sure you use the right products for your skin type

Choosing the correct products for your skin type is important for acne sufferers. Water-based products described as non-comedogenic are best for acne prone skin as they are less likely to block your pores.

Face washes containing salicylic acid are beneficial for people with oily skin, as salicylic acid removes excess oil. Don’t use products designed for oily skin if you don’t have this skin type, as they can actually make your sebaceous glands over active. If you have dry skin, a fragrance-free emollient could help as long as it is water based.  

Covering acne with makeup can make it worse, although mineral based makeup is more acne friendly than oil based makeup.  

Consider if your hormones are the cause

Changes to hormone levels are the cause of many cases of acne. This is especially true with adult acne, which can flare up just before a woman’s period, during pregnancy, or in those with polycystic ovary syndrome.

There are some medications, such as the combined oral contraceptive pill, that can help control your acne by regulating your hormone levels. Talk to your doctor to see if there is any hormonal medication that can help your acne.  

Try some acne medication

Acne can’t be cured but it can be controlled with a prescription spot treatment. If it isn’t clear exactly what is causing your acne, your doctor may need to try a few alternatives before finding the best acne treatment for you.

The active ingredients in these medications can vary. Benzoyl peroxide is an example of one that kills the bacteria that cause acne.