Best Ways To Treat Mild Acne

Mild acne skin conditions which produce blackheads and whiteheads can be treated.  If you control sebum production by cleansing and exfoliate regularly to shed dead cells on the surface of the skin you are starting the first steps to the best ways to treat mild acne with a structured skin care routine.

Best Ways To Treat Mild Acne


How to Treat Blackheads

An open comedone or blackhead forms when an excess of oil or sebum is produced by the sebaceous glands.  When there is a build-up of sebum and dead cells a blockage forms at the mouth of a follicle and turns black from oxidation at the skins surface.

The good news is, it is possible to remove blackheads, you just have to be very careful when you do.  Follow our skin care routine for a clearer acne-free complexion:

  1. Wash your face twice a day with warm water with a cleanser appropriate for your skin type. If you need to remove makeup, we recommend you double cleanse.
    Cleansing by using a facial cleansing brush is also a more effective way to remove surface dirt than relying on manual cleansing alone.
  2. Next, apply a moderately hot compress or facial towel to the affected area to open the pores. Then wrap a sheet of tissue around the fingertips of the index fingers on each hand and gently remove the blackhead by squeezing either side of the blackhead. You may need to apply a scissor motion whilst gently squeezing so the blackhead can pop out easily. If it doesn’t pop out after your first attempt you may need to apply heat several times to loosen it.
    Remember, squeezing should be gentle and not leave any marks.
  3. If after squeezing the blackhead it does not pop out then exfoliating may help to loosen them further. Use an exfoliating product that is appropriate for your skin type.
  4. If you have blackheads on your nose they can be more difficult to extract. An effective way to remove them is by placing black head strips on your nose. Once peeled away you will notice the ‘plug’ will appear on the underside of the strip and your skin pore is clear.
  5. After washing your face because apply an astringent toner to clean and close your pores.
  6. Apply a light-weight oil free moisturizer that is recommended for acne prone skin.
  7. Twice a week, apply a soothing facial mask to remove impurities and heal blemishes.

How to Treat Whiteheads

Small lumps visible under the surface of the skin are whiteheads.  As they don’t have an opening at the follicle, squeezing them will have no effect.    There is a way however to open the pore and pop a whitehead, carefully.

  1. First you need a clean facial towel, a new sewing needle, some sterile gauze or cotton balls, a bottle of alcohol and a bandage.
  2. Wash your hands thoroughly with an anti-bacterial soap. Then wash your face.
  3. Amerce the facial cloth in hot water and ring-out. Place the towel over the affected area for a few minutes.
  4. Sterilize a needle in alcohol and very gently prick the head of the whitehead. Being careful not to dig the needle into the pimple. Once the whitehead is punctured and you see oozing, place the sterile gauze on either side of the whitehead and gently apply pressure until either blood or clear fluid comes out.
  5. Gently wipe the area with alcohol and a sterile wipe and cover with a small spot bandage. This decreased the risk of spreading bacteria to other areas of your face.

It may take from 4 to 8 weeks to see any significant improvement in the occurrence of whiteheads and blackheads. So the key to the best ways to treat mild acne successfully at home is to be gentle and be consistent in your skin care routine.

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