One thing my momma taught me that I diligently follow is - Not to pick on pimples.
Not that I don't follow anything else she tells me. I do. I am a momma's girl. But this one I will follow forever or till acne is eradicated.
It grosses me out when I see youtube videos of people teaching how to squeeze out pimples. I get the yucky feeling in my teeth - like when somebody drags their long nails on a blackboard. Yikes ! But some people are great at it. May be. I am not.
This is my simple regime.
Start off by throwing out all the chocolates in your house.
Or in my case the sub standard semi sweet chocolate chips.
Wake up. Wash my face with an anti acne cleanser.
I used this - The Body Shop Tea Tree Cleanser .
Follow with Anti Acne Light Oil Free Moisturizer. This time I used The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish fade Night Lotion. My other choice would be Clean & Clear.
If it was a much bigger pimple I would dab a little Anti Acne Serum on the monster.
At night I wash my face with water, pat dry and dab the Isomers Daily Control Serum on the affected areas. I avoid any heavy creams and moisturizers on my face. I do use an eye cream.
To me this serum is the real hero of my regime. The rest are all supporting characters. This one dries the pimple out, reduces the redness and any pain / irritation. I've been using this for over a year and a half . Real hero material, I tell ya !
Sometimes if my face feels really really dry and I badly need some moisture I use Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel on the unaffected areas. It is a light but very effective moisturizer.
Twice a week I used the LUSH Dark Angels as a face mask. It soaks up oil and sucks all gunk out. I'll write a review soon. In short - extreme cleaning.
No matter what I do, I do not pick on it because I bruise like a peach. Every thing leaves a mark on my skin. Instead I choose a routine and stick to it to 2 - 3 weeks till the monsters disappear. I am starting to believe in Tea Tree's anti acne properties. Anything natural, I am all for it. Especially if it works !
What is your killer anti acne regime ? Do share ! We all have different things that work for us !
PS : It must be noted that mine is not chronic acne. I get a few pimples here and there. If you suffer form chronic acne, it is best to consult a dermatologist.