We all get a blemish or two in our life and there are a few old wives tales we have all been told! Toothpaste on the acne spot by chance? However that can lead to irritation and stained pillow cases if you’re not careful! When looking for a quick fix for acne, look for specific ingredients like Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide.
Benzoyl Peroxide is designed to remove dead skin cells so clean uninfected cells can grow in more quickly. Products with this ingredient are designed for spot treatments to remove specific blemishes.
Topical sulfur is also an option that can help to slow oil production to help reduce blemishes. Retinoid creams contain a large amount of vitamin A which can help to cleanse the pores, removing the mixture of dirt, bacteria, and oil that can become trapped in your skin. If you are more of a sensitive skin type, Azelaic Acid can help to take down inflammation and redness caused by the bacteria that create blemishes.
There are also some homemade anti-acne agents that are much safer and more effective than toothpaste! Create a paste from water and Baking Soda and apply it to your pimples each night just before bed. In the morning rinse away the paste and scrub away any buildup of dead skin and bacteria.
Tea Tree Oil is known for its antibacterial nature that is ideal for removing blemishes that clog the pores on the skin. Use a cotton swab to place a small amount of the oil on each blemish. For the more sensitive skin types out there, Oatmeal can soothe skin irritation while Cucumber combats dark spots and redness. Blend equal parts oatmeal and cucumber in a food processer, creating a paste. Apply this remedy to the skin, leaving it in place for 15-20 minutes. Then wash the face with warm water.