Clear skin might seem out of reach, but it is attainable if you start with the right skincare routine. This all begins with hydrating your skin properly and using face masks that provide all the nutrients your skin needs.
Water is often the first recommendation for many areas of your health, from losing weight to helping with digestive problems. It also happens to be great for your skin. If you have adult acne, increasing your water intake is crucial.
Hydration Opens Your Pores
First of all, water can help to open up your pores. When you don’t drink a lot of water, your skin becomes dehydrated. If this continues, it can cause your pores to tighten, which then causes the dirt and dead skin cells to become trapped in the pores, and it causes small red pimples on your face. You need to open up those pores in order to get them clean, which is possible by hydrating your skin with water. Try to increase your water intake and keep track of how much you drink each day if necessary.
You Can Reduce Dry Skin
While anyone who doesn’t drink enough water can experience skin conditions and risks of acne, it tends to be a little worse when you are older. As you age, dry skin is more prominent, so when combined with being dehydrated, you are only exacerbating the problem. As you get older, it becomes even more important to get at least your minimum amount of water, which is 64 ounces a day.
However, many doctors suggest having even more than 8 glasses of water a day, depending on your weight and lifestyle. A better option is to aim for half your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 150 pounds, you actually want about 75 ounces of water a day.
Face masks are used for many different purposes, from getting younger, glowing skin, to helping fight your blemishes. There are certain masks that contain ingredients meant to help fight your acne and improve your appearance.
Ingredients to Look for
Before you start getting masks that will help your adult acne, you need to know what ingredients to look for. It is important that the masks not only contain a lot of healthy, natural ingredients, but certain chemicals that are actually good for you.
In general, chemicals on your face is a bad thing, but some masks contain healthy chemicals that can help treat your acne. Look for the following ingredients in your face mask:
Glycolic acid – Some facial masks contain glycolic acid, which is an alpha-hydroxy acid. This is going to help give you a youthful appearance while also exfoliating away the dead skin cells that are clogging your pores.
Salicylic acid – This is one of the most commonly used ingredients in store-bought acne products. It is a type of beta-hydroxy acid that helps to unclog your pores by gently exfoliating them. It will help cleanse your face and remove the dead skin cells from your pores when used in a mask.
Benzoyl peroxide – There are certain bacteria that can be trapped in your pores and on the surface of yours kin that is leading to your adult acne. When you have benzoyl peroxide as an ingredient, it does a good job at killing that bacteria and reducing irritation.
Retinol – Retinol contains vitamin A, which is really important for your skin. This is the active ingredient in many over-the-counter acne treatments, including Retin-A.
Making Your Own Masks
Here are a couple simple masks you can try out for your adult acne, using ingredients you have in your kitchen.
Yogurt and flaxseed mask – This first mask is going to use a combination of yogurt and flaxseed. You want to combine these ingredients with a little bit of raw, organic honey in a bowl, mixing well. You will then use the mask on your face and keep it on for several minutes. Rinse it away and let the flaxseed exfoliate your skin as you do.
Oat and lemon juice mask – This is another popular face mask for acne, which you will see many different variations from. The two ingredients used are lemon juice and uncooked rolled oats. You only need enough lemon juice to create a paste with your oats. You can also add a little bit of honey to it.
More Natural Remedies
Give Your Skin a Break
It is possible that the reason your skin is reacting with adult acne is because of all the products you use on a daily basis. Give your skin a break and let it breathe by detoxing it. This is done by removing all makeup from your skin and any skin care products you have used. Cleanse and exfoliate it well, then leave it alone for the rest of the day.
Doing this over the weekend when you don’t have anywhere to go that requires putting on makeup is a good idea. Cleanse your face twice a day and use moisturizer, but use only a gentle one. Also make sure your hair is clean so no hair oils affect your hairline or jawline.
Try Tea Tree Oil
Another natural remedy for acne-prone skin is tea tree oil. This is often used in all-natural skin care products, cleansers, and moisturizers because of its healing powers for skin. It is often used to replace chemicals like benzoyl peroxide, which are also good for acne, but might be a little too harsh for your skin. With tea tree oil, it can be used on its own as a spot treatment or added to DIY facial masks or scrubs. You can also find over-the-counter natural acne treatments that contain tea tree oil.
While it is good to use these and other natural remedies for helping with your acne, don’t let them replace seeing your doctor. You might still want to see a dermatologist if your acne is getting worse or simply not improving. Medical treatment might help the cause of your acne.