Acne is a common skin problem and is usually treatable. It is typically characterized by areas of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, greasy skin, and possibly scarring. Acne may worsen during monsoon season. Skin expert Madhu Arora, franchise owner of capital-based Blush Clinic, suggests how to combat acne during monsoon-
* Using products that have anti-acne qualities. Use a gel-based face wash followed by a toner and then a gel-based moisturizer for the skin. Salicylic acid based soaps are good for acne prone skin on back and arms.
* Avoid touching the face if your hands are not washed.
* For an oily skin use an astringent after cleansing. Use a cotton ball to wipe the face with it. Astringents are mainly used on oily skin to penetrate and remove all traces of dirt and oil.
* Watch your diet as well. Avoid eating junk food. Oily food and soft drinks make the skin oilier. Consume at least three liters of water daily. Add lemon juice to a glass of warm water and have it first thing in the morning. Your daily diet should include fresh fruits, raw salads, sprouts, whole grains and curd.
* Prevent blackheads to prevent acne. Use a facial scrub on the blackhead-prone areas to get rid of them. However, do not apply scrubs on acne, pimples or rash.