The Bizarre Hack to Rid Yourself of Acne
We tried this internet remedy and it actually worked.
You get zits. We get zits. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, nearly 50 million Americans suffer from acne. And those painful pimples not only suck your confidence from you, but they can lead to infections and scarring. While genetics certainly play a role in how often you have to deal with those red hot bastards, there are some underlying actions we all take that can contribute to bad skin. Change these seemingly innocent actions and you'll start to notice clearer skin.
Make sure you're washing your hands on the regular. And when that's not an option, use an antibacterial hand sanitizer. Most solutions now are enriched with aloe or vitamins so that skin won't get dried out. And be sure not to rest your chin in your hand while you're sitting at your desk.
Start getting one to three more hours of Zzz's, and you could see some improvement in as little as a day. Keep it up, and "within two to three weeks, people will notice that you're sleeping better by the way you look," Breus says. The more time in bed also allows overnight spot treatments to work better as well.
If you're breaking out, you definitely want to change your pillowcase every three days or so. It might also benefit you to launder them with fragrance-free detergent. For extreme cases, try silk pillowcases as acne-causing bacteria can't grow on them.
Make sure you cleanse your face thoroughly (making sure not to neglect your beard if you've got facial hair). If you don't have time to shower immediately after the gym, use a facial wipe (Ursa Major is a favorite of ours) to clear away any bad stuff and balance oil production in the skin, minimizing the chance of new pimples.
When you notice your skin flaring up, take a break from eating any foods you suspect to be problematic. If your skin is irritated by a certain ingredient, you might notice tiny whiteheads or pimples in a rash-like pattern around your chin or mouth.
It's a definite challenge, but do your best to leave your zit alone for as long as possible. This will allow nature to take its course and heal itself without irritating it. That will only make it more painful and more red. Just apply a thin layer of spot treatment and leave it be.
Dermatologist Sandra Lee, M.D. (also known as Dr. Pimple Popper) is one of YouTube's most followed accounts for her strangely satisfying videos of pimples being emptied.