Sick of red and splotchy acne? Reduce the redness.

Are you sick and tired of having red and splotchy acne?  Join the club!  Acne affects basically everyone!  It’s a normal part of being a teenager, and everyone has to suffer through it.  But, just because you get acne doesn’t mean that it has to take over your life!  There are a number of different tricks that you can use to reduce the redness that comes along with bad acne.  These tricks range from kitchen cupboard remedies to expensive treatments, so pick and choose the one that fits your lifestyle!

Start by looking at your makeup.  Make sure that all of it says that it’s noncomedogenic.  This means that it won’t irritate your sensitive facial skin.  If any of your makeup or skin care products does not say this, then it’s time to toss them because they clog your pores.

First of all, you can try the medicated solutions.  Several dermatologists that I’ve talked to have actually said that Neutrogena products are the best ones for helping with skin problems, including acne redness.  Neutrogena is available at your local supermarket or drug store.  They have a number of different products that are engineered just to help reduce acne and its redness.

Proactiv is another really popular way to go.  This treatment option is more expensive, but I have a number of friends who swear by it.  Proactiv is a complete acne treatment system, but you can purchase certain medicines instead of the whole deal.  The Proactiv toner is a great way to reduce redness and swelling that comes with bad acne.

If you have mild acne and not too much redness, then here are a couple of home remedies that will work for you:
?    Make a paste of water and baking soda.  Apply it to your face or other affected areas at bedtime.  Leave it on all night.  Try this nightly for a week or two.
?    Buy some tea tree essential oil.  Put a few drops on a cotton ball, and apply to the affected areas.
?    A mixture of salt and olive oil.  Make a paste out of it, and wash your face with it (I know, even though it’s olive oil).  Start out daily, and then move to two or three times a week.

?    If you can find it, emu oil works wonders.  It will clear up your acne, reduce your redness, and get rid of any acne scars that you already have.

?    A good way to dry up your oil and your acne is to use a lemon slice.  Just rub it on your face every night.  (Lemon juice is also a great way to cut down on greasy hair!)

?    Use a good toner.  There are a number of great toners that you can buy at the store.  But if you want to go for a home remedy, there are a bunch of things you can try!  Look at witch hazel, or hydrogen peroxide.  Milk of Magnesia also can make a fantastic facial mask.

?    Look for a gentle cleanser that will treat acne but won’t be too rough on your skin.  A good option is Clean & Clear oil-free dual action moisturizer.  It has salicylic acid, which is in all acne medication.  But it doesn’t have so much that it will turn your skin red.  Use for at least a month to notice improvement.

?    Alpha hydroxyl skin lotions also will help cut down on redness and take off all those nasty dead skin sells.

?    Use eye drops!  They are made to cut down on redness in your eyes, and they will work for your face!  Make sure that they have tetrahydrozoline hydrochloride, and apply with a Q-tip.

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