Treating acne is not easy and if you have sensitive skin treating the problem becomes even more tricky. However, following the right ways for taking care of your skin and using the right remedies can be actually helpful to get rid of the condition. There are medicated treatments for treating acne and depending on the severity of the condition a skin specialist might also suggest you some particular anti-biotics to get best results. Before you start with the stronger medicinal products for treating your acne, it is suggested to opt for some simple changes in your lifestyle and habits. By coupling up these changes with the proper home remedies you can actually treat the acne effectively even if you have sensitive skin. Some of the very simple changes that one with sensitive skin needs to implement in his/her daily routine to control acne include,
Maintain proper cleanliness of skin
Acne is caused due to bacterial infection and if you do not keep your skin completely clean all the time, no matter what products you use and how you change your lifestyle, nothing will seem to be working. So, the first step is to ensure the best cleanliness of the skin. One of the basic rules that sensitive skinned people with acne need to abide by is not to touch their skin with dirty hands. Touch your skin only after you have washed your hands clean with a proper soap. Make it a point to wash your pillow towels as well as face towels regularly and dip them in anti-bacterial solution to ensure that they are completely clean. Also, splash fresh water on your face as often as you can. Splashing water can be very helpful to remove the excess oil as well as the dirt, dust and pollutants that stick to your skin from the outside environment.
The right eating habit is important
What you eat has ample effects on your skin. One of the most effective ways for sensitive skinned people to treat acne is to adopt a healthy eating habit. Including lots of fruits and leafy vegetables in your diet can ensure that your skin gets all the nourishments it needs and can boost the natural reparative process. Reducing the amount of oily and rich food in your diet can be highly effective to control the problem of acne. Also drink lots of water at regular intervals to ensure that your skin is not dehydrated. So, if you are suffering from acne and you have sensitive skin, start taking a simple, colorful vegetable filled and less oily diet and increase your regular water uptake. These changes are most expected to show results within a month.
Choose your cosmetics and makeups with caution
Often, the cosmetics and makeups you use on your skin work as a cause for skin breakouts and acne, and it is very common for people with sensitive skin. So, know your skin type and only use the products that are formulated particularly for your skin type. Also try to go as simple and as natural as possible with the skin care products that you use daily. As far as the makeups are concerned, spend on good quality mineral based makeups and try not to use them daily. Also before buying the makeups ensure that they are tested for skin allergies and do not contain any ingredient that can cause breakouts on sensitive skin. Checking out the expiry dates of makeups and not using any that has even just expired, is important. Also make it a point to keep your makeup brushes and sponges completely clean.
The above things can be actually helpful to treat acne in people with sensitive skin. Apart from implementing the above changes in lifestyle, using any or a few of the next home remedies can prove to be most effective to treat acne on sensitive skin,
Neem and basil concoction
This is one of the most effective treatments of acne for sensitive skin. Both neem and basil are known for their anti-bacterial ingredients and they can soothe the skin which is most ideal for the sensitive skinned people. Boil 15-20 neem leaves with 10-15 basil leaves in fresh water for 10 minutes. Let the water cool, strain the leaves and store the concoction in an airtight container. You need to wash the acne affected area of your skin with this concoction as many times possible in a day. Splash you face with the concoction and let it get dry. Wash off with plain water and pat dry.
Orange peel paste with honey
Orange peel can be a great source of Vitamin C for the skin and they can be effective to kill the acne causing bacteria. Honey also has natural anti-bacterial as well as skin nourishing abilities which can boost up the reparative process of the skin. Take the peel of an orange, wash it clean, grind to a smooth paste and add 1 spoon of honey. Now apply this paste onto the affected area of the skin. Leave on for 20 minutes and then wash off with plain water.
Tea tree oil with aloe vera gel
Tea tree oil is a strong anti-bacterial agent and it has been found to be very effective in treating acne. However, if you have sensitive skin it is really important that you take proper precautions before using this treatment because tea tree oil is a strong agent. Mix 2-3 drops of tea tree oil with 2 spoons of Aloe Vera gel and apply this mixture onto the affected skin with fresh cotton ball. Let it set for 5 minutes and then wash off with plenty of fresh water. For people with sensitive skin, opting for a patch test before applying the pack on the skin is recommended. A slight tingling sensation on the skin after using this pack is expected, but if the tingling it high or intolerable, this treatment is not suitable for you.
Sandalwood with turmeric
Sandalwood can be highly effective to control the excess oil secreted by the skin and also to soothe the skin. Turmeric on the other hand has natural anti-bacterial and skin nourishing properties. This pack is ideal for use on sensitive skin and can help in treating acne as well as the acne marks. Take 2 inch of fresh turmeric root and grind it to make a smooth paste. Prepare some sandalwood paste by rubbing the sandalwood stick on sandstone and mix it with the turmeric paste. Apply this mixture onto the affected skin and leave on until dry. Wash off with plenty of water and follow with a light moisturizer or whipped cream if the skin feels stretchy.
Masoor dal (red lentils) with sour curd
A face pack cum scrub made from masoor dal and homemade sour curd can be an effective treatment for acne and it is perfectly suitable for sensitive skins too unless you are allergic to any content of sour curd. Grind 2 tablespoons of dry masoor dal to make a slightly coarse powder and mix 1 tablespoon of homemade sour curd with it. Apply this pack onto the affected area of the skin and let it set for 20 minutes. Now wet your hands with water, scrub your skin lightly with the pack and wash off with water.
Garlic paste for acne
Garlic has high sulfur content and it is rich in compounds like allicin which has proven anti-bacterial properties. Garlic is also soothing for the skin and perfect for use on sensitive skin. Take 2-3 cloves of garlic, peel off the thin skin and make a smooth paste. Now apply this garlic paste on the affected skin directly, let it set for 10 minutes and then wash off with plenty of water. If the smell do not seem to go off with water only, apply Aloe Vera gel after the treatment but do not use soap to wash off.
Cucumber juice with lemon
Cucumber has skin soothing properties and the enzyme content of cucumber along with the high vitamin C content of lemon can be actually effective to treat the acne. Cucumber also soothes the skin which makes this treatment ideal for sensitive acne prone skin. Grate 1/3rd of a fresh cucumber and squeeze out the juice. Now add 3-4 drops of lemon juice in this cucumber extract and apply this mixture onto the affected skin area with a clean cotton ball. Leave on for 10 minutes and then wash off with plenty of water.
The above treatments can treat acne effectively even on sensitive skin but you will need to use them religiously for few months or more to get the results. Here is a small tip to make these treatments more effective. Take milk steam for at least 10 minutes before starting with any of the above treatments. The milk steam helps in opening up the pores on the skin and it will not also dry out your skin like the normal water steam. Once your pores are opened up you can use the above treatments to get more effectiveness.