We all have those days when those unwanted tenants show up on our faces. They come, they stay, they pain and leave their *mark* behind. And just like the irritable landlord, they keep creating a ruckus. And just like types of tenants, there are painful variants of acne; cystic, whiteheads, seasonal, hormonal, nodules, closed, open - hated by everyone alike!
Let’s face it, everyone gets acne. Guys, girls, adults, teenagers- no one is safe. We cannot stop them from coming but we can always take precautionary measures like using the right creams and soaps for acne to ensure that we have more #NoAcne days!
So, pause your reading and wash your face with acne soaps right now ‘coz washing your face is very important especially if you have oily & acne-prone skin. What’s all this craze about washing your face with soap, you ask? You just slather on some soap, wash and that's it. What can it do? Choosing the right facial soap for acne definitely helps get rid of bacteria that make them into clogged hair follicles and leads to all sorts of breakouts. Thorough washing of the face using the right acne soap removes the presence of dead skin cells, which helps clear the skin.
And not just dead skin cells, acne is caused by a plethora of other irritating reasons:
- Excess oil production
- Formulation of bacteria
- A side effect of a particular product/food item
- Certain medications
- Eating habits/ a new diet
If you have problematic skin, you know how much of a difference just washing your face regularly can make! We are regularly exposed to many elements every day such as pollution, dirt, exhaust from vehicles and whatnot. Our skin needs the miracle of double cleansing. For people with acne issues, skin requires time and effort. Just washing your face with a special soap won’t help you. You need to know which soap shall suit you the best.
Here are some important ingredients you must look for in a bar of soap before buying it.
This hyped ingredient helps prevent our pores from getting clogged. OTC salicylic acid products are available in strengths from 0.5 to 5 percent. But they are not for everyone. You may see some side effects on your skin such as mild stinging or skin irritation.
This super ingredient kills every type of bacteria that causes acne, helps remove excess oil from the skin and also removes dead skin cells from your face. Possible side effects include drying of skin, redness, scaling, burning and sometimes stinging, especially if you have super sensitive skin. Be careful when using or applying benzoyl peroxide, as it can bleach your hair and clothes.
Tea tree oil is a popular essential oil in treating pesky acne and pimples. Although it is really strong and direct application will burn your skin, you can always mix two drops of it in your lotion and apply it evenly. It has antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
Neem is known for its antifungal properties. It also helps to reduce the appearance of acne, acne scars and fights off the bacteria. Pigmentation? Gone. Fine lines? Who dat? Acne, never heard about her- neem is a saviour!
‘Coz aloe you! The miraculous benefits of fresh aloe vera cannot be denied. It makes your hair softer, helps you with weight loss, makes skin clearer- what kind of sorcery is this? With regular use, soaps with aloe vera can make acne disappear and also help fade away acne scars. It also helps soothe away irritation and kills harmful bacteria.
Activated charcoal helps remove toxins by drawing out the impurities from the pores present in your skin. With regular usage, you can see a vast difference in your skin in no time. Just use a soap that has activated charcoal as the hero ingredient and look at your skin glow!
We totally understand how irritating it can be to have oily skin with acne scars. Which is why, we have got you the best soaps for acne-prone oily skin that you can try. Have a look!
This soap has got tea tree oil which is a natural antiviral and antibacterial agent. It is even enriched with cocoa butter that softens the skin and locks in moisture. It doesn't irritate the skin and has antiviral and antifungal properties too.
Tea tree oil is highly recommended as an aid to fight off acne. This soap is perfect if you wish to reduce any signs of acne as its anti-inflammatory properties help to calm redness, swelling, and inflammation. The charcoal extracts present in the skin helps to detoxify the skin.
Add the magic of Ayurveda in your skincare regimen. Enriched with 18 different types of herbs, this soaps helps retain skin’s natural moisture levels, does not leach out the natural oils and helps fight off acne like a boss.
Let’s admit it, a lot of us get bacne (acne of back) or on other parts of the body. Switch to this charcoal shower bar and see your skin getting clearer with every use. Use it daily, along with a soothing body lotion afterwards.
Yes, acne scars and dry skin can be a combination too. So, here are the best soaps for dry acne-prone skin that will settle your acne woes.
A brightening Ayurvedic soap for pimples with the goodness of Turmeric helps to fight off acne as well as reduces signs of pigmentation.
This medicated soap is a godsend if you suffer from really bad, cystic acne. Use it daily on your face to see a huge difference. But since it is composed of powerful ingredients, it's advisable to consult a doctor first.
You can say goodbye to acne for good! This mild soap is what you should use if you’re suffering from acne ever since you hit puberty.
Time for some FAQs relating to acne and acne scars.
Time for some good news- they do!
Acne scars are usually caused due to us constantly poking or popping it open. This results in the breakage of tissue, hence the rude scars. Like any other bruise, acne scars too take their time to heal and repair themselves. Yes, they do go away on their own but there are cerati treatments and products which can help you with the process.
Try aloe vera gel, vitamin c serums, raw tomato juice.
Of course, just like your feeling for that toxic ex, acne does go away but sometimes it may take more time than others. It also depends on your age, immunity, diet and diet. The first step is to find the root cause and eliminate those acne-causing factors first. When you’re in your teens or early 20s, acne is usually caused due to hormonal changes and excess production of sebum. Some people get acne in their adult years. With proper care, you can get rid of acne and acne scars in no time.
Unless your products are expired or resulting in clogged pores, you can wear your makeup. Try switching to a different brand if you see that your acne becomes worse after applying makeup. Not just makeup, make sure your beauty tools, such as beauty sponge and makeup brushes need to be washed properly and more often. Move your direction to skincare. Invest in nice products that help to regain your glow and also help to fight off those pesky pimples!
Yes and no. There are mainly two factors involved when you suffer from acne, internal (hormonal, diet, hereditary, etc.) and external (pollution, reaction to products, etc.). You have to find out what exactly is causing you to breakout before deciding to aggravate it further. Expert advice is always advisable but yes, you have to wash your face at least thrice a day to keep bacteria at bay.
We suggest you consult a nice dermatologist first before you decide to take matters into your hands. There are a lot of factors involved and the reasons why you are getting acne. Yes, there are several options to cure them but they only start treating them after expert advice.
It’s true that acne is caused by bacteria, but there are other factors too. Some Anti-bacterial soaps are good for acne, but if the acne is caused due to other factors like abnormal shedding of skin cells, hormones or overactive sebaceous glands then it won’t work well for you.
Yes, mild soap is good for acne as it is gentle on the skin, has fewer chemicals and won’t damage your skin. However, if the acne scars are severe, you should start using acne soaps or speak to a dermatologist.
But always remember, acne does not define you. Acne may come and go but you will stay awesome forever. And if you have no idea what we just talked about, how does it feel to be God’s favourite?
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