Acne tips: what to do and what to ignore
Going out in the sun: it depends
Yes, it is true that if you have bad acne on your back and lie down in the sun, it might lighten your skin. The sun is a mild anti-inflammatory, which means it can help a few skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and acne. But you have to weigh the risks against the benefits. This increases your chances of developing skin cancer. You might also have a bad burn, or 20 years down the road you have all those dark spots and wrinkles. Ultimately, there are better ways to treat acne that don’t come with these other risks.
Toothpaste: Do not
The myth of toothpaste on pimples does not have much merit. I think this is because when toothpaste is exposed to air, it dries and cracks. Often there is also a bit of menthol or mint, so it feels like it’s evaporating, so it feels like it’s sucking some of the oil. And also, the fact that you have toothpaste on an area of your face, you are less likely to munch on it. But other than that, I mean, I’d much prefer a person to use benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, a spot treatment for acne, rather than toothpaste. And I don’t think toothpaste specifically has any properties that will improve your acne.
Hydrocolloid dressings: do
This hack works, but you can’t use a plaster; you need one with a hydrocolloid dressing. This is what is generally used for blister dressings. It contains a gel-like gelatin to lock in moisture and can help remove excess oil and pus.