Stop Acne In Its Tracks
Acne, pimples, zits, or medically, acne vulgaris—it has been called many names and has caused the anguish of many teenagers as they go through the awkward period called adolescence. But this pesky skin problem can be prevented and if it has already begun, it can still be stopped.
This applies if you have acne or not. Washing your face helps remove dead skin cells, impurities, and excess oils—all of which contribute to acne development. But be careful not to overwash or you may cause even more skin problems. Washing twice a day should be enough and using a mild soap with warm water to wash your face helps. Use your hands or a soft cloth to gently rub your skin. Dirty hair also causes acne especially on the forehead area so you should wash your hair regularly.
Soap and acne treatment products have a tendency to dry up your skin. Dry skin is vulnerable to damage and these small cracks on dry skin make it easier for bacteria and germs to pass through the protective outer layer of the skin which can then lead to acne. Use a noncomedogenic moisturiser and get one that matches your skin type (dry, oily, or combination).
Avoid Touching Your Face
If you’re not washing or applying medication, avoid touching your face. If you need to do so, make sure that you’ve washed your hands thoroughly. Hands carry a lot of different types of bacteria, some of which can cause or aggravate acne cases. This also means you should not pop a pimple with your hands. Let nature take its own course. Your part is to keep your face clean.
If Possible, Don’t Wear Makeup
This is very true especially when you have acne breakouts as makeup can exacerbate the existing condition. If you need to wear makeup, make sure you wash it off at the end of the day. You can also use makeup that is acne-friendly. Ask your dermatologist or look for makeup that is non-comedogenic to prevent clogging of your skin pores which can lead to acne.
Stress is the devil that causes a myriad of medical problems, including acne, if left unchecked. Stress can create havoc on your hormones which might lead to excessively dry or oily skin causing acne breakouts. Avoid stressful situations and if you can’t, try stress relieving routines like meditation and yoga.
It is always better to prevent than to cure as the old adage says. And what better way to prevent acne than by eating foods that benefit the skin. Have regular servings of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. Vitamin C and vitamin A are both important nutrients in keeping a healthy skin. Mangoes, carrots, oranges, and broccoli are rich in these vitamins.
Use Acne Treatment
When all else fails, it might be time to consult your dermatologist and get a prescription for acne treatment. It can be a simple cream or a full acne treatment system which includes soap, toner, and acne cream. Your dermatologist will recommend a treatment system according to the gravity of your condition and your skin type.