We all want beautiful skin. It seems like celebrities are either born with it or they can afford to have any imperfections airbrushed away. But for the rest of us, it isn’t that easy. Sure you could spend a small fortune on expensive treatments or waste your groceries on home remedies that are sometimes are too mild to get the job done, or you could go to the drugstore and pick up a few of these items and be on your way to a fresh face!
Benzoyl Peroxide– If you ever, ever, ever break out, put some basic benzoyl peroxide on the problem area before bed and it should be gone or at least visibly smaller come morning. %10 is the highest strength you can buy over the counter, and it typically does the trick. Some brands work better than others from some people. For example, the best cream I’ve ever used is ClearZit, which I’ve only seen in Dollar General stores. Be careful though, it can dry your face out, so only put it where you need it. Don’t forget to put it on black heads too.
Sulfur Treatment-Sounds gross, right? It’s really not. Ever heard the stars talk about their Mario Badescu spot treatment? If you have, and ever wondered what they were talking about it’s sulfur in the bottom of a glass bottle, covered by rubbing alcohol. Stick a cotton swab into the sulfur and dab it onto your problem spots and let it dry, it’ll dry quickly and look like chalk, so don’t try and rub it in, this is another one you can add to your bed time regimen. Sally’s has a similar product as well as Bare Escentuals and Philosophy.
Hydrocortisone cream– Takes out the redness, and as a bonus, if you get a little peroxide or sulfur happy, this can take away the itchiness and peeling. It will also help minimize swelling- this doesn’t mean it will actually help shrink the zit itself, the bacteria is still there, but the inflammation caused by said bacteria will be reduced.
Ice– That’s right! Ice can help out with a pimple as a quick fix by reducing redness and swelling too, just don’t leave ice on for too long or you’ll have more redness than you did before!
Anything from the Dead Sea– Don’t know why something that comes from a nearly inhabitable locale can benefit your skin but it does. Plenty of face masks have dead sea mud in them, and depending on how potent they are, a Dead Sea mask can exfoliate so deeply that it can completely erase a new tan so be careful! A/N: That doesn’t mean they exfoliate painfully, just effectively.
Humectants: If your skin is dry, look for makeup and moisturizers that contain humectants because they can help your skin absorb water from the air.
Salicylic Acid- If you have major break outs, salicylic acid spot treatments may feel useless to you, however, don’t overlook face cleansers that use SA as their main ingredient. For those of you that have mild to moderate facial seborrheic dermatitis, (characterized by scaly,flaky skin even if your face is oily- basically face dandruff) these cleansers can be a super life saver. I personally love Neutrogena’s Grapefruit line. It’s great in the shower as the steam can loosen up the dead skin, and the cleanser and the pads of your fingers can wipe it away
Aloe Vera- Let’s face it- Aloe is good for everything- use it as a moisturizer and inflammation reducer.
Apple Cider Vinegar– Kinda like Aloe, it’s great for everything. Use it as a toner, or, to kill the fungi (malassezia) that causes sebborheic dermatitis and scalp dandruff.
Just because you have oily skin doesn’t mean you should skip the moisturizer ESPECIALLY if you’re using any of the one aforementioned spot treatments- the drier your face is, the more oil it’s going to produce and that’s a step back from what you’re trying to do. Also, don’t forget to tone. If you have sensitive skin, stay away from the alcohol based toners, also Deluvia (DeluviaDeadSea.com) has a Dead Sea toner too, as well as a variety of other Dead Sea products- like the mask I mentioned earlier. You could also use lemon juice.
For super smooth skin all over mix olive oil with sugar to make a scrub- add a little lemon juice to that too, for a little extra sloughing power. Mix it until it makes a paste, scrub it on and rinse it off, and voila!
If you have body acne wash those areas with dandruff shampoo, and of course your regular wash too.
Tea Tree Oil is also great because it has great antimicrobial properties and depending on its form, can be used as a spot treatment, cream or toner.
I hope these products and tips helped someone with their skin woes and maybe inspired a few of you to do some research and find what works for you!