By: Andy Chen
Acne — every teenager’s most feared foe. Even into adulthood, these inflamed blackheads and pus-filled pimples haunt otherwise perfect Instagram posts and selfies.
Symptoms of acne are obvious, ranging from pimples to whiteheads and blackheads. Patches may appear on various parts of your body, including your shoulders, chest, and — most notably — your face.
In order to mitigate acne outbreaks, wash your face at least twice a day, preferably after you wake up and before you go to sleep (similar to most peoples’ brushing habits). Washing your face helps wash off excess sebum, an oily substance used to lubricate skin and hair. While sebum is necessary to stop skin and hair from drying out, too much sebum can clog hair follicles in the skin, leading to acne. This is especially prevalent during puberty, as the body’s sudden increased levels of testosterone, especially in boys, causes the body to produce much more sebum than necessary.
Additionally, using a cleanser, moisturizer and exfoliator may all help reduce acne. Given the wide range of choices while shopping online or at a pharmacy, it may be hard to choose what works best for you, so here are our suggestions for any skin-care beginners: Neutrogena Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Cleanser, Cerave moisturizing cream, and The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution. Generally, directions for applying these products will be on the bottle. so make sure to read them beforehand!
Above all, don’t worry too much if you don’t see immediate results — reducing acne is a slow process, and the body often works in unexplainable ways. What works for one person may not necessarily work for another, so just make sure to keep on trying!