We all hate waking up to a painful, oily bump on our faces. It’s red, it’s embarrassing, and it’s time to stop it. Read X of the best ways to prevent acne!
The unsightly red marks appear when your skin’s sebaceous glands get plugged up with dirt, dead skin and oil. Suddenly irritation and inflammation take hold, and bacteria is given free range to proliferate.
Acne can be found on many places on the body such as the back, neck, arms, chest, but mostly appear on the face. Acne is a generic term for a few different things that happen to your skin: pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads.
It’s wise to consult a dermatologist before taking any major steps towards fighting acne so that they can help you identify which treatments will be most effective for your skin type. On the whole, most acne treatment is the same with some small differences, so giving you some general tips should be a good start:
1. Wash The Face Regularly
Yes, we mean daily. In fact, its optimal to wash your face twice a day if possible, but more than that will be overkill. The reason your skin is breaking out isn’t necessarily because its dirty.
The skin itself sheds cells constantly, and produces oil which can coagulate and plug the pores. You want to keep your skin fresh.
2. Identify Your Skin Type
Your daily regiment will depend on how your skin behaves. Is it generally dry, or super oily? The thing is, you can get acne no matter the skin type you have. It’s just that some skin types such as oily skin are more likely to break out, since they cause more production of pore clogging sebum, and dead skin cells.
If you have a mix of oily and dry areas, it can seem frustrating to properly treat your skin, so look for something that treats combination skin. The point being, you need to know your skin type to choose the best products for you.
3. Keep Your Skin Moisturized
Since acne is caused by oil, most products that clean the skin tend to also dry it out. You want to prevent dryness and irritation to be exacerbated by dryness. Make sure you pick a moisturizer that is “noncomedogenic”, which means it is designed to help prevent further breakouts.
4. Start With Over The Counter Products
Before you go nuclear, start small and get something that doesn’t require a prescription from your dermatologist.
The majority contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or other acidic ingredients which kill bacteria, and dry out oily areas on your skin. Start small, since these products can easily cause sensitive skin to become irritated.
5. Go Easy On The Makeup
Be careful what you put on your face. If its not noncomedogenic, it could be clogging your pores. If you already are breaking out, avoid wearing makeup altogether if possible. Read the label too, and try to use makeup that is oil free, without extra chemicals.
6. Get Your Hands Off Your Face
There is a lot of dirt and bacteria on your hands, especially when you are out and about at work, the gym, school, stores or anywhere else where many people are together. If you need to touch your face, at least make sure you wash your hands often.
7. Don’t Give In To Temptation
When you’ve got a big juicy pimple that’s basically begging to be popped, it can feel almost impossible to let it be. The problem is, you will cause more problems down the road.
It leads to further pimples because you are touching your face; a recipe for more irritation, and clogged pores. Next, you’ll notice that it will cause scarring, and bleeding, which is generally unattractive to everybody.
8. Clean Up Your Diet
We’re not saying go on a diet. Instead try eating less junk food, and sugar. Highly processed carbs, and additives cause inflammation, and excessive oil production (1). Not only will you look better over time, you’ll probably feel better too!