You wake up one morning for school, head to the bathroom and glance at your face in the mirror. To your horror, you find three bumps that seemed to appear out of thin air on your face.
After you convince yourself that maybe it isn’t so bad, you muster up the courage to head to school, hoping that others won’t notice. As you walk through the halls, you feel as if a bright light is shining on your back and everyone sees the imperfections that have grown on your face. You can’t wait to get home to find out just how to get rid of these little monsters.
You are not alone.
In fact, a recent study on teens ranging from the ages of 15-19 reveals that acne has a negative effect on their body image and self-esteem. This lack of self-esteem, according to the survey, causes anxiety because of the constant pressure to post attractive selfies/videos on social media.
What am I doing to cause my breakouts?
It could be nothing. Genetics can play a role in acne forming on the skin. If you’re a teen and you’re reading this, more than likely your hormones are out of control. Hormones cause oily skin, which can clog the pores and cause acne to spread like wildfire.
Oily skin can lead to bacteria growth and clogged pores, thus leading to acne. There are a few things you can do to prevent some of the oil that resonates on your face.
Okay…so how do I get rid of this?
If you’re looking for an immediate fix, you can place a couple drops of Tea Tree Oil, Rose water, or a mask that includes French Green Clay and a little apple cider vinegar on problem areas right before bed.
It is important that you wash your face EVERY SINGLE DAY. Research also suggests exfoliating at least twice a week to remove dead skin cells which can clog the pores.
Avoid touching your skin during the day. According to the Huffington Post, “bacteria, viruses, and allergens transfer from fingertips onto the skin.” Some forms of bacteria can lead to acne and other illnesses.
Your diet can play a role in preventing acne, as well. Having a healthy diet can lead to overall health which could in turn reflect on your skin.
If all else fails, contact your doctor. Sometimes, a prescription is needed to tackle acne breakouts.