Questions You Should be Asking the World Around You
Alright, here we go. I hope I didn’t overhype this mini guide by talking about it in earlier posts. One of the things that will improve your chances with meeting people and getting them to like you is clear skin. One of the best ways to do this is by washing. I had what you would call a mild case of acne back when I was a teen. Nobody taught me this because nobody knew how to deal with acne, my entire school was one giant blur of people with acne.
Reading up on acne, many websites say:
-It’s a skin disease
-80% of cases have to do with genes
-It gets less worse after a certain age
-Diet has very little to do with it
-Smoking does not affect it
-Cleanliness has nothing to do with it.
I agree with 5 of those points, with cleanliness being the point that I will defend. I suspect that these websites are trying to curtail the method of cleaning, due to a desire by medical cartels to sell chemical products. Cleanliness appears to be the only method that everyone can do cheaply.
One of the chemical solutions I tried when I was a kid was salicylic acid. I don’t think it ever worked. I used 3 bottles of salicylic acid in total, and all it ever did was add pain to the experience.
I ate a lot of junk food back when I was a teen. Chips, chocolate, burgers, candy; just like any other kid. I drank a lot of soda; at least 1 bottle a day. But I found that it really didn’t matter as I gave up junk food much much later than the point when I solved my acne.
One thing that did work was my method of washing.
Here is what usually happens when you get acne. Clogged pores. Those white and brown clumps are called sebum. Clogged pores prevent the expulsion of oils, dirt, and bacteria. When this happens, the area around the pores start to puff up. It’s an inflammation caused by your body’s innate immune system.
So one of the ways to fix this is to wash your skin frequently. You might read from health websites to not wash your skin more than twice a day, but I disagree with that. In my opinion, everybody should wash their skin whenever it starts to feel muggy. That can mean once every hour, or even once every 15 minutes. This isn’t crazy talk either, all one needs to do to understand this is to compare the feel of your skin right after a shower when it’s squeaky clean, and after a long day when your pores are all clogged and sticky. A person with acne will get that muggy sensation within as little as 15 minutes.
Using light soap and warm water, apply light to moderate pressure on your skin. It’s best to do this while taking a hot shower. Simply rub your skin with moderate pressure until you feel the dirt and oils roll out your pores like you would if you were scrubbing duct tape adhesive off a table. In my case I applied a lot of pressure.
Word of caution. If you have a severe case of acne (pustules, blisters, cysts), apply very very very light pressure. Do this over a period of time, about 2 to 4 weeks until you notice your skin slowly clearing. It’s best to consult a doctor if you have severe acne.
The reason why it’s better to do this in the shower is so that if you rupture your skin badly, your skin will heal more evenly due to the cleaner conditions. The soapy water will rinse away the dirt, bacteria, and oils as your skin is healing. You want to avoid scrubbing heavily to avoid scarring.
Before you finish, splash cold water on your face to close the pores. The hot water opens the pores for cleaning, the cold water closes them up to keep the dirt out and the moisture in. This prevents your skin from drying. Dry skin is worse for acne because it reduces your skin’s elasticity. It’s a bit more mechanical than one might think. Dry skin results in cracks and heavy scarring. So hot water to clean the pores, cold water to maintain your skin’s elasticity.
The towel you use to dry your skin needs to be clean too. After every use, hang the towel on a clothes hanger for air drying. Moist towels tend to breed mold and bacteria and shit, so if the towel is a bit smelly, replace it with a fresh one.
Pillowcases are important. Believe it or not, the oils and dirt from your hair are also bad for the skin. Pillowcases should be replaced frequently. Once every two days is ideal.
Here’s one really odd thing that I used to do. After washing with soap, I used toothpaste to scrub my skin. You might want to try this yourself, or you might not. Remember, my acne was a mild type of acne so I had a bit more freedom to choose different methods. I felt that the gritty compounds of the toothpaste seriously obliterated all the bacteria and sebum on my skin. Plus that minty scent was really awesome.
Next up, toothpaste!
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