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10 Best Acne Treatment You Need To Use Instead of Popping Your Pimples

10 Best Acne Treatment You Need To Use Instead of Popping Your Pimples

We’ve all been there. You’re heading to an event, and your skin breaks out. Acne is such an annoyance, and it always seems to crop up at the most inconvenient times.

When you see a pimple rearing its ugly head, it can be tempting to pop it. It’ll get rid of some of the pressure, and maybe the blemish will look a little less obvious for your event. That sense of relief is short-lived. Not only can you cause scars that are difficult to conceal, but popping that zit can also spread bacteria and cause more blemishes.

Then there are the horror stories, such as the woman from Austin, Texas, who popped a pimple and paved the way for a nasty staph infection on her face.[1] Instead of damaging your skin or causing an infection, it’s always better to use an acne treatment. You can painlessly tackle the problem without leaving any marks.

If you’re already looking at your skin and feeling guilty about the acne scars on your face, don’t panic. There are treatments available to minimize and reverse that type of damage as well.

To get rid of your pimples and heal acne scars, try one of these

1. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

    If you need something that works quickly and effectively, this spot treatment by Mario Badescu is a great option. The salicylic acid and calamine (the same ingredient used to treat poison ivy) can dry out a pimple overnight. Instead of spreading bacteria on your face, use this drying lotion to shrink whiteheads and heal acne.

    This treatment is so simple that you don’t even need to rub it in. Just dab it on, let it dry overnight, and then rinse your face in the morning. A little bit goes a long way.

    Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, 1 fl. oz., $17.00

    2. Mederma Advanced Scar Gel – .7 oz.

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      Those tough acne scars will gradually disappear if you use Mederma Advanced Scar Gel. Use this once daily to reduce or eliminate scars–regardless of how long you’ve had them. This is a great product to have on hand because it works for many different types of scars, not just those caused by acne.

      Mederma is recommended by doctors and pharmacists over other brands because it’s proven effective in clinical trials. Adding this product to your medicine cabinet can help you with existing scars, and it’ll ensure that you’re prepared for any scar-inducing situation that could crop up in the future.

      Mederma Advanced Scar Gel – .7 oz., $14.78

      3. Bio-Oil Liquid Purcellin Oil, 4.2 Fl Oz

        When you have sensitive skin, applying products can cause more irritation. A scar-remover might not seem worth the extra damage that it could cause. Bio-Oil is hypoallergenic, and its non-greasy formula means that it won’t clog your pores and make matters worse. This product has not only aced clinical trials, but it has also been the top-ranked scar-reducing product in 18 countries.

        We usually think of treating acne and scars in teens, but this formula works well on aging skin too. Uneven skin-tone and dry skin are also no match for Bio-Oil.

        Bio-Oil Liquid Purcellin Oil, 4.2 Fl oz, $12.32

        4. Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers

          If you find it truly difficult to resist the urge to pop a zit, these acne absorbing covers by Nexcare may be a good bet for you. Since they cover the blemish, you’ll be less likely to try to squeeze it.

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          The covers are drug free, and non-drying, which means that they’re great if you’re someone who doesn’t respond well to salycilic acid and drying agents found in many medicated acne treatments. This products works by soaking up the pus, oils, and bacteria in the blemish. The color of the cover changes to let you know that it’s working.

          Nexcare Acne Absorbing Cover, Two Sizes, 36 Count, $6.39

          5. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing

            If you prefer to go the natural route, this bentonite clay skin treatment is a good option. It doesn’t contain any additives, fragrances, or animal products, and it will deep-clean your pores. This clay is sourced from Death Valley, California, where it bakes in the sun for at least six months.

            This method of cleansing the skin and healing insect bites and acne has been around for centuries. Although this one is tried and true, it may not be best for those with sensitive skin.

            Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing, 1 Pound, $9.80

            6. Amara Organics Vitamin C Serum for Face 20% with Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin E

              This is another great all-around product. It’s effective at healing and reducing acne, but it is also works on scars. You can use this if you’re battling outbreaks, and it’s an excellent choice for making aging skin more radiant.

              Amara is 100% organic, cruelty free, and fuss-free. You won’t need to worry about walking around with an oily or sticky acne treatment on your face. It absorbs quickly, leaving you with smooth and healthy skin.

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              Amara Organics Vitamin C Serum for Face 20% with Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin E, 1 fl. oz, $19.95

              7. Neutrogena Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Daily Leave-On Mask

                Don’t let the word “mask” in the title fool you. This isn’t one of those masks that you have to peel off your face after a few minutes. This product absorbs into your skin–you don’t have to spend time washing it off. It applies in a thin and even layer so that you can even use it underneath makeup. Let this one work while you’re at work–nobody will be able to tell that you’re treating your skin as you go about your day.

                Benzoyl peroxide, the acne-fighting ingredient in the mask, is a gentle and effective way to treat acne daily. This product will decrease the inflammation and size of pimples in as little as four hours, and it prevents future blemishes from popping up.

                Neutrogena Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Daily Leave-On Mask, 2 oz. (pack of 3), $20.92

                8. Neutrogena Rapid Clear 2-in-1 Fight & Fade Acne Toner

                  Neutrogena is well-known for their skin-care products, which is why the brand has a second mention on our list. This Rapid Clear Toner not only reduces acne, but it can also minimize old acne scars. A build up of oil and dead skin cells, common causes of pimples, don’t stand a chance against this product.

                  The salicylic acid and exfoliating ingredients in this toner can reduce acne in as little as 8-hours. If you get pimples on a frequent basis, this is a product that you could use daily to alleviate the issue.

                  Neutrogena Rapid Clear 2-in-1 Fight & Fade Acne Toner, 8 fl.oz., $10.69

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                  9. InstaNatural Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin E

                    InstaNatural harnesses the power of plants to nourish and beautify your skin. This Vitamin C serum helps to remove signs of aging by reducing the negative effects of everything from pollution to UV rays. This is a solid choice for alleviating acne scars.

                    Regardless of your skin’s sensitivity or moisture level, this product works with your unique body chemistry to make your skin radiant. You can use this as a standalone product, or you can incorporate it into your favorite mask or moisturizer to give it a boost.

                    InstaNatural Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin E, $17.97

                    10. Neostrata Enlighten Pigment Controller

                      If you have discoloration on your face from acne scars, NeoStrata’s blend can help to remedy it. Your skin constantly sheds cells, but this product causes this to happen at an accelerated rate. This paves the way for more even-toned skin to take its place, and the tyrosinase-inhibiting formula prevents new discoloration from occurring.

                      The Vitamin E in NeoStrata nourishes and protects your skin, while ingredients such as Retinol have proven anti-aging benefits. Say goodbye to the remnants of all those pimples you popped in your teenage years and hello to clear healthy skin.

                      Neostrata Enlighten Pigment Controller 30ml Treatment Beauty Product, $38.18

                      You don’t have to pop your pimples or live with the scars

                      With so many products for various skin types, there is no excuse to waste another minute leaning over the bathroom sink trying to bust a zit. The scars and the potential for infection are simply not worth the momentary relief.

                      Instead of giving into the pimple-popping craze that’s gained so much popularity on the internet, treat your skin with the respect it deserves.

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                      Expert Advice That Will Teach You How to Increase Your Metabolism

                      Expert Advice That Will Teach You How to Increase Your Metabolism

                      Wouldn’t you like to be able to eat twice as much as you do now without gaining weight? If so, I have good news for you because this is possible when you learn how to increase metabolism.

                      How Much Do You Know About Metabolism?

                      Before we get to the meat, let me say that metabolism is a term that describes all the chemical reactions in your body.[1] These chemical reactions keep your body alive and functioning, however, the word metabolism is often used interchangeably with the metabolic rate or the number of calories you burn.

                      The metabolic rate is a rough estimate of how much energy your body needs to simply stay alive and perform all its biochemical reactions. These reactions require energy, aka burn calories.

                      Imagine that your brain alone consumes nearly 20% of your TDEE (total daily energy expenditure at rest),[2] your digestion and the detoxifying system come second, repairing tissues third and so on.

                      Staying alive is expensive for your body and its two main currencies are fats and sugars.

                      When I am talking about improving your metabolic rate (metabolism), I mean improving the amount of energy, your body requires to (pretty much) lay down in bed and do nothing for 24 hours.

                      Extra physical activity, extra thinking or fighting illness are things that require a lot of energy (burn a lot of calories) but they don’t really increase metabolism… actually they can decrease it.

                      Can You Naturally Change the Speed of Your Basal Metabolism?

                      The answer to this question is yes and you can also achieve an increase in metabolism and a drop in body fat by eating more.

                      Shocked? Well, I was too.

                      The way I came across this phenomenon is quite funny. Over my 10 years as a coach, I helped many busy professionals to naturally increase their metabolism by getting them leaner, fitter and stronger but, at the beginning of my career, I actually had no idea whether they were losing weight because of an increase in metabolism or because we created a calorie deficit with diet and exercise.

                      When I was training my clients regularly, they would lose weight. Every time I would take a few weeks of vacation, I would come back to London and find out that most of them gained back a generous amount of weight despite the fact that they were following their diet and they swapped our weight training sessions with cardio.

                      On the contrary, when they were going on vacation, they would do zero exercises and binge like there was no tomorrow but come back either lighter or weighing the same (but looking more muscular).

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                      Observing this phenomenon happening over and over again, got me curious about the mechanics of our metabolism and the ways to hack it.

                      Was it really possible that by relaxing and eating more food, someone could actually maintain his/her current weight or even be losing fat?

                      Driven by the desire to answer this question, I spent a good amount of years researching and testing different food strategies until I finally cracked the code to an improved metabolism that allows you to eat like a king and look like a Greek God.

                      Does Eating More Increase Metabolism?

                      Before I explain why eating more increases your metabolism, let me dig into something that I see people doing much more often: “eating less and moving more.”

                      It is quite common to see people embarking their yearly weight loss journey (usually after Christmas or Easter) by following very restrictive diets and bombarding their body with several hours of exercise per day.

                      Despite the short-term effectiveness of this approach, in the long run, if the goal is to increase metabolism and lose a lot of fat over an extended period of time, this simply won’t work.

                      As I have mentioned before, eating fewer calories and exercising more are energy-consuming activities for your body. In the first case, your body needs to use its own energy reserves to top up the missing energy it needs to fully function; and in the second, it takes your body extra energy to contract your muscles.

                      In both cases, your TDEE (Total daily energy expenditure at rest) doesn’t vary much; therefore your metabolism stays unchanged.[3]

                      A different scenario happens when you eat less and move more for an extended period of time (weeks or months). In that case, your metabolism will slow down because your body is receiving a “we have little access to food and we need to run away from threats” signal.

                      Your metabolism is like your bank account.

                      To understand this concept, let’s imagine that you have $4,000 coming into your bank account each and every month. The money you spend on housing, transport, food and leisure are calibrated according to this monthly income.

                      Now, imagine that a rich uncle starts to send you $1,000 each day. What would you do? Probably, you would save that money for the first two or three days but, when you notice that $1,000 keep on coming every single day, you would likely start to spend more right?

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                      What if, instead of a rich uncle sending you money, a poor uncle needed your financial help to pay for the treatments of his illness? You would probably try your best to adjust your spending according to your old $4,000 monthly budget.

                      That’s exactly how your body reasons:

                      More Resources Coming in = More Energy Released (Improved Metabolism)

                      Fewer Resources Coming in = Less Energy Released (Decreased Metabolism)

                      Note that activities like weight training[4] and high-intensity interval training (HIIT),[5] when combined with an increase in nutrient-rich foods, will also improve your metabolism.

                      For this reason, today, when I coach a new client, I always start by increasing their daily food intake and their physical activities. Usually, people are quite confused because they come to me to lose weight and I tell them to eat more but, without fail, the next weekly weight-check shows a lower number.

                      Be aware that not all foods are equal and only certain foods have the power to increase metabolism to a noticeable extent.

                      Foods That Increase Metabolism

                      Doubling up on Snickers bars won’t improve your metabolism and you know that. What you may not know is that certain foods that are marked as “healthy” doesn’t help you with increasing your metabolism. They also make you gain weight.

                      Before giving you a list of foods to eat or avoid, let me explain a simple principle of human biochemistry.

                      Your body uses energy from three (or four) main sources:

                      • Sugars: whether you eat a Snickers bar or a banana, the carbohydrates contained in both get absorbed in the gut and become blood glucose (the basic form of sugar our body utilizes as a source of energy).[6]
                        When blood glucose is present in the bloodstream (elevated levels), the body always uses it as its primary source of energy. When blood glucose levels drop (this phenomenon happens when you’re using these sugars to fuel a physical activity or when your pancreas produced a spike of insulin and stores that glucose into fat and muscles), your body starts to release fatty acids into the bloodstream to use as a source of energy.
                      • Fatty acids: either from your own fat cells (adipocytes) or from whatever fat-containing foods you ate in the past 2-3 hours. Fatty acids are a slower and more consistent form of energy than sugars that your body can utilise.
                      • Amino acids: Amino acids are the broken-down form of proteins. Proteins cannot be used by the body as a source of energy, not even in their broken-down form. Your body can transform amino acids into glucose with a process called gluconeogenesis.[7] This is a very inefficient process where a decent amount of energy gets wasted (and that’s a good thing for us but I’ll get to that later).
                      • Ketones: when you don’t feed your body any source of carbs (or proteins in excess), your liver produces an alternative source of energy called Ketones. It can replace the need for glucose (most of it at least).[8]

                      Now that you know the four energy sources the body can use to fuel its metabolism, let’s get to the meat (quite literally).

                      To make this simple for you, I am going to divide foods into three categories:

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                      1. Red Flags – Avoid the red foods because they slow your metabolism. They are usually extremely low in micronutrients and high in antinutrients (agents that are highly toxic). They are highly processed or spike your insulin levels (therefore stopping your fat burning process).
                      2. Orange Foods – Limit your consumption of orange foods. The orange foods on the list are suboptimal choices but they don’t have a negative impact on your metabolism when consumed in moderation. In fact, they contain a decent amount of micronutrients and, if eaten in small amounts, they shouldn’t stop your fat burning process.
                      3. Green Foods – These are foods to consume most. Green foods will improve your metabolism and should be the main bulk of your diet.

                      Next, I’ll get into details exactly what foods to eat and avoid:

                      Sugars and Carbs

                      Sugars do not directly improve metabolism because they stop the process of fat utilisation. There is an exception to this rule though. When you eat a diet extremely low in carbohydrates and sugars for an extended period of time (two to six days onwards), introducing carbohydrates and sugars can actually improve metabolism quite a bit.

                      Unfortunately, for most of us that love eating bread, pasta, fruit and yoghurt, unless we were on a low-carb diet for the past few days, these foods are not an optimal choice.

                      Sugars like fructose (found in fruit or commercial sugar) actually decrease metabolism and should be limited. Heavily processed sugars and carbohydrates should be also limited. Here is the colour list of sugars and carbs that affect metabolism:

                      Red Flag Sugary Foods You Should Avoid:
                      • Dried fruit
                      • Commercial and packaged corn
                      • High fructose corn syrup
                      • All sorts of candies and lookalike
                      • Packaged fruit juices and purees
                      • Sugary dairy products like flavoured yoghurt, condensed milk etc
                      Orange Sugary Foods You Should Limit:
                      • Bread and flour-based products
                      • Milk and also vegan milk alternatives that are sweetened
                      • Most fruit (exceptions are in the green list below)
                      • Potatoes and potato starch products
                      • Oatmeals and other grains
                      Green Sugary and Carb-Containing Foods That Improve Metabolism
                      • All berries except strawberries
                      • Tubers like squash, carrots, parsnips etc
                      • Sweet potatoes
                      • White rice
                      • All green vegetables

                      Fats

                      Fatty acids and fats, in general, can improve or decrease metabolism depending on their composition.

                      Red Flag Fatty Foods You Should Avoid:
                      • Margarine and hydrogenated fat
                      • Lard
                      • Gmo oils
                      • Most vegetable oils from seeds and peanut oil
                      Orange Fatty Foods You Should Limit:
                      • Nuts
                      • Meat fat
                      • Nut oils (macadamia, almond, cashew etc..)
                      • Seeds
                      Green Fatty Foods You Should Eat Daily
                      • Extra virgin olive oil (non-heated)
                      • Avocado
                      • Coconut oil
                      • Butter (organic)
                      • Egg yolks (free-range)
                      • Bone marrow

                      The fatty foods in the green section tend to be very effective in increasing metabolism, especially in the absence of carbohydrates because they stimulate the production of ketones (I’ll talk about this later).

                      Bear in mind that 1 gram of fat has 2.5 times the calories of a gram of protein or carbohydrates; therefore “eating more fats” to increase metabolism should be done very gradually to avoid weight gain.

                      Proteins

                      Eating food not only sends regulatory signals to your brain about abundance vs scarcity of resources, but it can also increase your metabolism for a few hours. This is called the thermic effect of food (TEF).[9] It’s caused by the extra calories required to digest, absorb and process the nutrients in your meal.

                      Protein causes the largest rise in TEF.[10] It increases your metabolic rate by 15-30%, compared to 5-10% for carbs and 0-3% for fats

                      Eating protein has also been shown to help you feel more full and prevent you from overeating, in fact, a study found that people were likely to eat around 441 fewer calories per day when protein made up 30% of their diet.[11]

                      Also, proteins help preserve muscle mass.[12] The more muscle mass we have, the higher our basal metabolism is.

                      For these reasons, the first nutritional advice I usually give to clients is to reduce sugars and increase proteins. This quick swap is often enough to kickstart their metabolism and commence the fat burning process.

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                      Red Protein Sources That Should Be Avoided
                      • Cheap whey proteins
                      • Soy proteins
                      • GMO meat
                      • GMO eggs
                      • Packaged meat
                      Orange Protein Source to Be Limited
                      • Canned tuna
                      • Canned fish
                      • Canned meat
                      • Gluten-rich products like Seitan
                      • Farmed fish
                      Green Protein Sources to Have Daily
                      • Free-range meat
                      • Free-range eggs
                      • Wild meat and fish
                      • Whey protein isolate
                      • Collagen and beef protein hydrolyzed

                      Note that this is a general categorisation of the foods that, when added to your diet, have the power to increase or decrease metabolism. There are some specific foods and supplements worth mentioning because they have been proven to improve metabolism by increasing thyroid output or resting heart rate, they are as follows.

                      Other Foods and Supplements

                      Cold water

                      Drinking water may temporarily speed up your metabolism. Studies have shown that drinking 17 ounces (0.5 litres) of water increases resting metabolism by 10-30% for about an hour.[13]

                      This is not a surprise since our body is made up mainly by water and proper hydration is key to a fast metabolism. This calorie-burning effect may be even greater if you drink cold water, as your body uses energy to heat it up to body temperature.

                      MCT Oils or Powders

                      Medium-chain triglycerides or MCT have been shown to improve metabolism by stimulating Ketone production.[14] Coconut oil contains MCT fats and, when used as a replacement for cooking oil can help you improve metabolism.

                      You can buy the concentrated version of MCT oils and eat it separately to further enhance this effect. Either way, coconut oil or pure MCT oil can be a great addition to your diet if you’re following a ketogenic or intermittent fasting protocol.

                      Caffeine

                      Caffeine and coffee have been shown to improve metabolism by improving heart rate and, therefore improving calorie consumption.[15]

                      Green Tea

                      Green tea

                      is thought to increase energy expenditure and fat oxidation, and to reduce fat production and absorption.[16]

                      Bottom Line

                      In this article, I just covered the basics of food and metabolism but, there are many other non-food related things you can do to improve your metabolism, like improving your sleep quality and following certain exercise routines.

                      For now, just know that making small and gradual changes to your diet can increase your metabolism and improve your general health. Starting from changing one habit at a time is always the best strategy to accomplish any goal.

                      Once you improve your diet, your hydration and your supplementation you can think about testing more advanced “bio-hacks” or techniques like ice baths and fasted HIIT training.

                      And remember, having a higher metabolism doesn’t only help you lose weight and keep it off but it also give you more energy and a feeling of vibrancy. If you give it time, it really is worth the investment.

                      Featured photo credit: Fitsum Admasu via unsplash.com

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