Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Acne Spot Treatment

Acne is a condition in which the skin is characterized by white heads, black heads, pimples or swollen red pimples. The pores on the surface of the skin become blocked sometimes. Pores are opening a passage called a follicle. There is a hair and an oil gland in the follicle. The oil gland helps lubricate the skin and remove the old skin cells. The pores become blocked when there is too much oil secretions from these glands. Bacteria and dirt begins to collect in these clogged pores. The obstruction or blockage on the skin is called a plug.

When to Choose Acne Spot Treatment Over General Treatment 

Depending on the skin of a person, acne can absolutely cover large areas of the skin or of the face. However, for some of us who are lucky enough, one or only two pimples can grow in certain areas of the face or the body.

For those who are blessed with the skin that only gets one or two pimples, imagine waking up to find a zit dead-center on your nose. What do you do? The majority of us would run to the shower and scrub the whole face hoping it would go away, however, there is a better way of dealing with just one pimple: acne spot treatment.

General acne treatments are great and are highly effective in getting rid of them, but for just one pimple this is ill-advised as it is not cost-effective. For those that only have a small number of acne on their skin, acne spot treatment is the answer as this method is meant to directly target the existing blemishes.

Essentially, spot acne treatment is not meant to be applied all over the face or in large areas, just in small, singular spots, making it suitable for those who only have the occasional pimple.

One of the best ways to go about acne spot treatment is to go for over the counter products such as lotions, creams, or ointments. Remember those acne ointments that have a long nose those are typically the products that are best suited for acne spot treatment.

But for those who want to be more specific when it comes to the ingredients of their over the counter acne spot treatment products, look for the ones that have benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or sulfur as these are the main ingredients that clear acne. Aside from the three main ingredients, some other ingredients that you should look for are tea tree oil or alpha hydroxyl acids.

It is important to note that though there are some over the counter products out there that dry immediately after applying, some need to be left on overnight, so read its directions for application.

And all though some of these over the counter products are cheap, for those that do not want to spend money, there are some home remedies you can consider.

The tried and tested home remedy acne spot treatment is to dip cotton on fresh lemon juice and to apply it directly onto the blemish. Rinse it off after 10 to 15 minutes with lukewarm water and you are set to go.

A handful of crushed mint leaves rubbed over the spot, juice and all, and left for 10 minutes is another great home remedy. Just rinse it after and your painful and inflamed pimples are sure to feel better and look better.

Aloe leaf is another great acne spot treatment. Just slit the aloe leaf in the middle and let the yellow latex drain first. Then use cold water to rinse the gel, and apply it on the spots. Aloes healing properties and its cooling effect is sure to help rid that blemish away.

by Patricia
I'm a avid blogger living along the coastline in southern New England and besides overcoming acne myself, I often research and write about medical topics such as acne, scarring, moles, warts and so forth. For resources on acne spot treatment visit us at acnecouncil.org.

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