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Mild Acne Causes and Treatments: Find Out How to Make Your Acne Disappear!
Mild acne may not sound like a big deal, but it can persist and continue to irritate your skin unless you seek the right course of treatment. Fortunately, there are effective treatment alternatives available to you if you just can’t seem to get rid of mild acne or sporadic breakouts.
What Causes Mild Acne?
Mild acne is characterized by small pimples, like pustules, whiteheads, or blackheads, which can appear anywhere on the complexion or the body. 
These issues start to occur in puberty when hormones begin to surge and extra oil is produced in the skin. This excess oil will begin to mix with dead skin cells to clog the pores and create mild acne lesions.
Mild Acne Treatments
Mild acne can often be easily managed through preventative maintenance, using the right combination of an effective skin care routine and a healthy diet.
If you haven’t been properly caring for your skin on a daily basis, now is the perfect time to begin! There are a few key skin care steps that you can take to dramatically minimize your risk for mild acne breakouts:
- Cleanse: It is essential to cleanse your skin with a cleanser containing >natural ingredients, which will not have any damaging side effects.
You should not, I repeat should not, use an aggressive cleanser that contains benzoyl peroxide, which is an irritating and harsh chemical ingredient that will only dry out the surface of your skin in the long run.
- Exfoliate: For oily and acne-prone skin types, it is so helpful to exfoliate on a regular basis at 2 to 3 times per week. Again, make sure to use an exfoliant that contains natural ingredients, or look to a natural acne remedy such as epsom salt baths to exfoliate.
- Moisturize: The interesting fact is that so many skin types with mild acne neglect to moisturize their skin since they worry that it will clog their pores even further. False!
I can tell you from my years of experience as an aesthetician that moisturizing is essential for every skin type to keep the complexion in balance and prevent excess oil production. Make sure to use an oil-free moisturizer to prevent clogged pores and added breakouts.
Here’s what a few acne sufferers from the acne.org forum had to say about the importance of a successful daily skin care routine for mild acne:
“Stronger” scrubs might just mean harsher. Stay away from scrubs with ground-up seeds or fruit pits, as the sharp edges can make micro-tears in your skin, which isn’t good no matter how often you use or don’t use it. If your skin can handle a gentle “micro-bead” scrub every day, then you can use it every day. If you start to notice redness or an increase in acne, then back off. I personally only use a scrub when I notice flaky skin, which isn’t very often. I keep my skin exfoliated with a gentle salicylic acid product and moisturize to keep the flakes away.
I suggest Microfiber cloths or a miracle cloth which is specifically made for super sensitive skin. I personally only do it once a week or even less depending on my sensitivity level .If I have active inflammation, I don’t go there. It will do more damage than good. I also think people use products that are way too harsh. Unless you have steely-tough skin, stay with gentle, like stuff with non-abrasives in it. I personally cringe when I see Buff Puffs and Apricot scrubs. They tear up your skin therefore inviting bacteria to take up house. If you do exfoliate, do an anti-bacterial wash afterward. It’s effective in killing those suckers.
Besides establishing a daily skin care routine, there are a few other important changes you need to make for a successful mild acne treatment.
In fact, the true magic of clearing up your skin happens when you start making healthy choices in your diet!
If you are not willing to make healthier dietary choices, then using any topical treatments mentioned above is like slapping a coat of paint on a broken down car: it’s not going to work in the long run.
Instead, I encourage you to look good and hard at your diet to reduce excess carbohydrates and unhealthy forms of fat, like trans fat, in the foods that you eat. You can make an easy switch by substituting high-fat, processed foods with healthier fats, like coconut oil, butter, lard, and animal fats.
Even subtle dietary changes will make a serious difference in balancing your complexion, which is one of the quickest ways to keep your skin healthy and free from mild acne breakouts!
- “Treating Mild Acne.” SkinCarePhysicians.com. Web. 03 Jan. 2011. <http://www.skincarephysicians.com/acnenet/treatingmildacne.html>.
About the Author: Bethany Ramos is an aesthetician and makeup artist with a special interest in using nutrition to heal and alleviate a number of conditions in the skin. You can find out more skin care and makeup tips by visiting her blog at FacebyBethany.
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