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For instance, lemon juice is gaining popularity for treating several skin problems, including acne scars. There is no evidence that it works, but anecdotal evidence is quite a lot . The same goes for baking soda, cucumber, sugar scrub, and potato juice.
Since facial skin is so sensitive, it’s much better to discuss with your dermatologist before tying any of these natural remedies. This is particularly true if you have certain allergy issues.
Eliminating factors that contribute to your next acne flare-ups is important to reduce your risk of having further scarring. But this could be more challenging if you have oily skin.
What causes acne is complicated, typically attributed by more than one factor. One of them could be oily skin. Although oily skin may make acne more likely, breaking the following bad acne-causing habits can help a lot to prevent acne.
Excess use of cleansers
The most effective way to cut down on oiliness is with cleansers. But washing too often can cause negative reactions such as irritation and acne.
So use cleansers effectively! Washing face twice a day (in the morning and at night before bed) should be enough to keep your face clean. Also, use lukewarm water instead of hot water! Your skin could get irritated with temperature extremes. Avoid scrubbing your face with other bad things that can provoke irritation (e.g. harsh exfoliant, loofah, and washcloth).
If possible, stay with a basic-gentle facial cleanser with less varied ingredients. But when you need extra formula to manage your oily skin, try cleansers containing additional ingredients such glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide (these acids are also often used for acne facial care products). Don’t forget to try a small size to find out how your facial skin responds!
Cosmetics containing oil
Oily-based cosmetic products improve the skin elasticity and suppleness. They are also good for dry skin. But if you have oily and acne-prone skin, use them carefully!
With very oily skin, excess use of oily-based cosmetic products can make the problem worse. So if possible, restrict them! Instead, include more oil-free options (particularly some labeled with ‘non-comedogenic’ or ‘non-acnegenic’ to help reduce the risk of acne).
Your hair care routine may have an effect, too
Hair can be sticky and oily, and that oil may seep down onto your forehead and face. This can worsen your oily skin, making clogged pores and pimples more likely. So never skip your hair care routine shampoo!
How often should people shampoo? Typically, it comes down to personal preference, depending on several factors (e.g. hair styling choice and type). Just make sure it’s not too often or not too infrequently!
Every 2-3 days without washing is usually OK for most people. But if you have very oily hair and scalp, daily washing is probably required. In general, the less oil and thicker your hair, the less shampoo required.
In addition, keep far away from unnecessary hair products that provoke acne flare-ups. These include hair spray, mousse, and gel. When you need to use them, cover your face properly when applying the products so they keep off your forehead and face.
It’s so healthy to get sweaty after a tough workout. This is good to keep your skin vital and look fresh. But don’t forget to wash your skin promptly 15-30 minutes afterwards. Not cleaning your sweaty skin may provoke clogged pores and acne.
Junk, greasy foods
The link between diet and acne is still debatable; though some people believe what they eat will have an effect on their acne flare-ups. Whatever it is, it’s worth a try to avoid greasy foods since they can make your acne-prone skin worse.
Diet high in greasy, fried foods may make excess oil on the skin more likely. So it’s much better to have a healthy diet loaded with foods high in essential nutrients (vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, and protein) to promote healthy skin. Some excellent choices to help keep your skin at its best include fresh fruits, vegetables, avocados, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pure dark chocolate, sweet potatoes, fatty fish, etc.