Disinfecting the Skin

After using certain techniques such as peeling and exfoliating to reveal new skin, you typically free new bacteria and toxins in the process. That is the goal of cleansing your face; to move excess bacteria and waste out of their hiding places deep within the skin.

But once these toxins come to the surface of the skin, they can do more damage if they are not taken care of properly and quickly. There are a variety of skin disinfectants to use.

For example, hydrogen peroxide is a cheap disinfectant and it is available at practically all drug stores. You can dip a clean cotton ball in a solution of 3% hydrogen peroxide and swipe it over your face. Just know that if you have an active infection on your face, this area will almost immediately turn white after having contact with the hydrogen peroxide. That is because the solution is simply doing its jobdisinfecting the skin.

But the whiteness usually goes away in a few minutes. Also, be careful to keep your hair away from the hydrogen peroxide because this solution can bleach the hair. Likewise, you can disinfect your skin with a solution of benzoyl peroxide. The strength that you select will depend on your skin sensitivities and needs.

Beyond helping to remove skin contaminates, benzoyl peroxide also penetrates the pore so that it can reach the hair follicle where acne promoting bacteria may be lurking in over abundance. I have noticed that after using a benzoyl peroxide cleanser, my pores feel as if they are breathing and energized again. It’s an invigorating experience.

Finally, I will mention one of may favorite disinfectants- tea tree oil. This product is also available in most drug and health food stores. This oil is one of the very few essential oils that you may safely use at full strength (that is without the need to dilute it in a carrier oil). Some skin care professionals may argue that oil will clog the pores and just cause more acne.

This is not the case since tea tree oil seeps into the pores and helps remove irritating bacteria. If you like, you can just warm some tea tree oil in your thoroughly cleansed hands by rubbing them together and rub the oil onto your face. It takes your face roughly 10-15 minutes to absorb whatever substances you apply to it. So, after 10-15 minutes you can wash the remaining oil off your face.

If you only need to treat a small area, dip a cotton ball or cotton swab into some tea tree oil and cover the area of the infection with the oil and rinse the area in 10-15 minutes, if it pleases you.

Visualize

When using a disinfectant imagine that all of the waste has been pushed up to the surface of the skin is moved away. When you swipe your face with a disinfectant drenched cotton ball or cotton swab, imagine that you are removing the last remaining remnants of garbage and preventing the spread of infection. See yourself putting the finishing touch on the cleansing process.

Frequency

Whenever you give yourself a treatment that brings up waste from the skin such as facial masks, exfoliation or peels, I recommend using a disinfectant. It is equally important to use a disinfectant after performing an extraction. Remember, when you extract pimples, you are removing a lot of built-up waste and bringing it to the surface of the skin. Make this extraction worth your while by disinfecting afterwards to ensure that you avoid giving acne any chances of spreading.

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