The Best Tools To Help Treat and Prevent Acne Breakouts
Learn about acne tools that are helpful to have around to help treat existing acne and to prevent new breakouts.
Extactors- Or Pimple Popping Tools
1. Extractors is the correct term for the tool shown below, but I like to call them what they are, pimple poppers. These are used by all of us beauty professionals to pop others acne and our own. Extractors are simply double looped tools applied to clean, steamed pores to remove white and black heads. The idea behind these is you apply pressure around the infected pore evenly and the bacteria within will be released. It also cuts down the germs spread by picking at zits with one of the dirtiest parts of our body’s yeah our hands and fingernails!
So first step take a long hot shower or workout for twenty to thirty minutes till your pores are nice and relaxed and place the extractor over the clogged pore. Apply even pressure gently. If the black head or white head isn’t coming out after a few passes stop. If you continue to keep digging you run the risk of pushing the bacteria further into your pore. You can also scar your skin if you go deep enough and make the red marks left after a pimple stick around longer.
With white heads I recommend poking a tiny hole in the pus part of the pimple then using the extractor. This helps the bacteria come out easier with less trauma to the infected pore.
After doing this to all the needed areas finish up with another face wash to make sure all the released bacteria is off your skin. Also it helps if you apply some form of salicylic acid to help make sure you have killed all the bacteria in the pores. Hope this helps, happy picking!
2.Facial brushes are a great source of manual exfoliation that is gentle enough not to harm or over strip the skin. You simply wet your face and apply a cleanser of your choice and massage with a gentle circular motion. Go over your entire face but avoid the eye area as this skin is thin and more sensitive it generally does not need any extra exfoliation. As you’re using the brush the gentle bristles slough off the dead skin cells that have not yet fallen off and prevents the formation of acne. As an added perk the exfoliaton process also helps stimulate circulation and gives you a deeper clean then a cleanser can do alone. This one runs around $4.00 and can be reused for months before tossing out .Facial Brush Clear 5 1/2″ Handle
Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System this system is battery operated and has two-speed options for gentle or a little more aggressive exfoliation. This runs in stores around $30.00 or from Amazon is $24.00 with an offer for a $15.00 mail in rebate. I’m a couponer so I”m always looking for the best bargain.
3.Micro-needling, also referred as derma-rolling, or collagen induction therapy has become popular in the recent years. Was even featured recently on the Rachael Ray show, and a few health related talk shows.
Micro-needling uses a small hand-held device covered with many tiny closely spaced needles. As the needles roll along the skin the needles create tiny holes without causing damage to your epidermis. The roller creates a controlled injury underneath the skin’s surface inducing the body to respond by producing more collagen in the treated area. As a result the skin plumps and thickens in response to the injury. As a result the appearance of ”poc” acne scars, fine lines, and even stretch marks are less clear on the skin’s surface. As an added benefit the needles tiny holes offer a clear channel for topical gels and creams to be absorbed more effectively.
Now this may seem like a painful process but many times you can apply a topical anesthetic to cut the sting. There is very little downtime after using a derma roller, skin will be red for a few short hours and no pain will continued to be felt. There is also no risk of scarring or permanent color changes that chemical peels or lasers can cause.
Micro-needling can be done at home with a smaller less lengthy needles safely and done as much as twice a week. In a doctor’s office or skin care spa the needles are longer and reach greater depths into the skin’s surface and those rollers are not recommended for home use.
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