Guess what? Acne and Breakouts have no age limit. You would think that after puberty your skin would calm down and get with the program of being even and clear. Nah, Bruh! Adult acne is real. As real as having to get older and pay bills. It just happens.
The thing is, you have to find what works for you. If you know your skin, you’ll know what you need and when you need it. Although breakouts will happen (and they will) there’s always things that you can do to make sure that it won’t last. I have found a few go to things that I use to calm pimple or series of breakouts.
Let me hook you up…
When I am getting a series of breakouts, its normally because my skin is overwhelmed and clogged. The first thing I grab is toner. I’m an oily girl who’s acne prone and toner has a certain level of salicylic acid in it that will help strip the skin of Acne and quickly deep clean. It’s an astringent. Astringents constrict body tissue which binds up the pores and makes sure to dry out what’s insides.
To use during a breakout, wash your face, towel dry, get the toner on a cotton swab, put it all around your face and let it air dry. After it dries thoroughly, finish off with a light layer of moisturizer. You can do this about 3-4 times a week depending on how bad the breakout is. Also, adding this in your regular skin care routine helps. I use a toner every day to keep my skin clear of acne and clean out those overwhelmed pores.
Keeping with the series of breakouts, masks are my besties. Masks make me happy and I don’t apologize for loving them so much. An at home facial is definitely helpful when you have a sudden breakout. Clay masks are really good at deep cleaning and shrinking the size of the pimple by tightening the skin. The good thing about clay masks is that they can spot treat and only go to the are you need help the most.
To treat a breakout, I choose a mask that I need. It will either be a dead sea minerals mask or deep cleaning avocado mask. I put it all over the face or area I need it the most and make sure to keep it on for at least 15 minutes. At times, I may keep it on for 20 minutes if I really want it get deep in the pores. I always go a bit longer than the directions because I know what my skin can take. After, its good and dry, I wash its off of my face with warm water and follow up with my cleanser and moisturizer. Typically, I mask once a week but if my skin is misbehaving then its twice weekly.
This is old trusty. Toothpaste is my go to solution if I’m having the great grandmother of breakouts. You know those huge, filled, and painful pimples that sit like a planet on your face? Those are the ones I use toothpaste to relieve the pressure and redness. The key is to use a white paste toothpaste. Gel does not do the trick as well. So, having a small travel toothpaste is sufficient just to use for breakouts.
When I’m treating a breakout, I put a generous amount directly on the pimple, leave on overnight and rinse in the morning. Do not repeat this step another day. It is very possible to burn the skin and open the pimple if done repeatedly. Do not put toothpaste on a pimple that is already open and draining or has a whitehead. Toothpaste will not completely get rid of the breakout but it will aid in tightening up the spot, relieving pressure, redness and awareness.
Baking Soda Paste
If I know the pimple is not going to respond well to toothpaste (for the examples I said Do Not do above) then a baking soda paste will do the trick. This is a good solution to dry the pimple and not have to deal with the minty, tingling freshness of toothpaste. I love this alternative because it’s a silent killer. It gets the job done but you don’t feel it. You only see the results. I like that!
To treat a break out, I mix equal parts of baking soda and water. Usually, I don’t need much so I do one or two tablespoons of each. Put the mixture directly on the pimple and wait for it to dry and harden. You can either do this right before bed and leave it on all night or wait for it to dry and rinse it then. Be sure to follow it up with cleanser because baking soda tends to flake when it dries and you want to get all of the particles off of your face.
These babies have gotten me through some rough times! They are convenient, easy and inexpensive. I suggest doing these same methods if you don’t know where to start when you have a breakout and you don’t want to spend too much money on a product.
If you try and of these methods, comment and let me know what you tried and how you liked it. Send pics too girl. I want to see.
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