Acne is a common problems among people to various race, genders and age groups and one must take each possible step in order to get rid of it. These steps are given below:
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Wash your face frequently
The most important thing which must be kept in mind in order to avoid acne problems is to wash your face on regular basis. Keeping your skin clean and taking care of it is vital in order to keep it fresh and healthy. Washing your face with lukewarm water twice daily is the best possible way to keep off the dust and other unhealthy substances. If you feel too exhausted to get up and wash your face then you can keep face wipes in your drawer so that you can clean up your face with them. Using this alternative method you can keep your skin clean without needing to get up and go to the sink.
Using a good cleanser
If you buy a cleanser which generically focuses on clearing up acne only it will not be able to improve your complexion to an effective level. So in order to maximize the effect of any type of cleanser applied to your acne prone skin you must be aware of your skin type. In this way you will be able to pick the perfect ingredients for your skin and achieve maximum effectiveness .If your skin is oily then you must use products which are rich in salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or glycolic acid. In case your skin is sensitive then cleansers which contain lactic acid or other hydrating ingredients like glycerin etc. must be used so that your skin stays moisturized and hydrated.
Avoid over-exfoliating your skin
If you scrub your skin with grainy and raw cleansers and various exfoliating products then it must be kept in mind that such products are responsible for more harm than good to our skin. As scrubbing or exfoliating our skin often can cause our skin to suffer from redness, irritation, inflammation and in some cases it can get worse than this. If you exfoliate a simple then as a result of it the healthy skin cells in that area are pulled away and an open wound is created which can cause scarring. According to studies conducted at the New York Dermatology Group by Jessica Weiser it has been said that we must exfoliate our skin with great care and caution and it must not be done more than twice or thrice in a week.
Change your face towel on regular basis
Using the same face towel for some time is similar to reusing your sinner napkin repeatedly which does not sound hygienic at all. Using unclean towels can be responsible for harboring harmful bacteria which can also result in introduction of more harmful bacteria to your skin and produce more pimples according to research conducted by Karen Hammerman who is working as an MD in Schweiger Dermatology. So in order to avoid this possible acne breakout you must use a new face towel each time you wash your face.
Keep your skin moisturized
It’s a common misconception that keeping your skin moisturized will worsen your acne problems. In fact keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized will help in getting rid of your skin issues including acne. If the surface of your skin is kept dry and dehydrated the oil glands inside your skin outer layer will result in producing more oil and be responsible for making your acne problems worst. Keeping your skin moisturized and hydrated helps in re-balancing these oil glands and contributes in controlling acne as well as improves your skin’s healing process. While choosing a moisturizer you must select a lightweight and oil based product which does not result in clogging your pores.
Use a sunscreen while going out
It must be make sure of that you put on a SPF before going out in order to protect your skin. But some sunscreens contain components which can trigger acne breakouts. So while choosing a sunscreen you must select the one which is oil free and does not contain any kind of comedogenic formulas so that application of it does not result in acne breakouts. Some sunscreens which have been tested on acne prone skins are ensured of good results include SPF’s from Elta MD and Peter Thomas Roth in order to avoid clogged pores.
Avoid putting on makeup while working out
Before starting your workout session you must take a few minutes and wash off any makeup on your face in order to minimize the risk of acne breakouts. During any physical activity sweat is released from the visible pores of our skin as researched by the dermatologists Dr. Janell Vega. When the skin pores are covered up by makeup and as a result of it a barrier is formed which does not allow the sweat to reach the skin surface. This can result in clogged pores. The bacteria and debris which gets trapped inside provides the breeding bacteria a perfect ground and as a result bumps and zits are experienced. So make sure that you do not wear any makeup during your gym sessions.
Wash your face prior to any physical activity
According to studies conducted by Dr. Zein Obagi at the ZO Skin Health center it has been observed that after sweating due to any strenuous physical activity you must cleanse your skin immediately so that the skin pores are kept clean and the excess oil is removed. The Neutrogena rapid clear pads are highly recommended for this purpose and you can keep these in your gym locker or bad for on the go cleansing. These are known for removing any leftover dirt and also treat your skin with anti-acne salicylic acid.
If your body is prone to acne problems then you must take a shower immediately after a workout session. Wearing tight and sweaty workout clothes for longer than required time poses a great risk of acne problems as well as body rashes. This is because in tight clothing the harmful bacteria get trapped inside the hair follicles and result in inflammation. The longer you stay in these clothes the more risk you face of getting body acne so you must avoid wearing tight fitting clothes or change them immediately after the workout session is over.
Foods which contain high sugar components can result in spiking up the insulin values and lead to inflammation and acne breakout. The leafy vegetables and fresh fruits are rich in antioxidants and nutrients which can cause our skin to get better by proving it with healthy nutrients. Acne patients have a higher level of oil production and lower levels of antioxidants. You must also limit your intake of dairy products as these products contain hormones and antibiotics which can become a cause of acne breakouts. The skin boosting foods include eggs, nuts, legumes and quinoa.
Drink loads of water
If you want to avoid acne you must drink those eight glasses of water daily as proved by researches conducted by medical specialists. Drinking enough water keeps your mind and body hydrated and also has a very positive impact on your skin.
Have a cup of tea
Consumption of spearmint tea is also very helpful in getting rid of your acne problems. According to research conducted by Dr. Carl Thornfeldt who is a dermatologist and founder at Epionce skin care center it has been observed that consumption of this type of tea can help in reduction of acne up to 25%.
Change your pillow cases regularly
If you do not wash your pillowcases or bedding for a long time then contamination can be caused due to them which can lead to pimples on your skin. So you must make it part of your routine to wash your bedding and pillow cases twice every week in order to prevent bacteria from building up and causing harm to your skin and complexion. If washing it twice seems too hectic for you then you also wash your bedding and pillow cases once every week at least as your face gets maximum interaction with your pillow and it must be kept hygienic.
Keep the screen of your phone clean
You touch your phone almost all day and because of this it becomes quite germy. So in order to avoid any harmful effects to your skin due to this you must clean your phone screen on daily basis. Also you must prefer using speaker option or hands free so that your phone has minimum interaction with your face and germs transfer can be avoided. This must be done in order to avoid acne problems.
Clean your headphones regularly
Your skin can suffer from acne if you have sneaky lifestyle. Something’s seem harmless but they can also cause acne issues for example wearing over the ear headsets can also cause skin problems if not cleaned regularly. Wearing these types of headsets can become the reason for causing acne breakouts on the jawline and temples. If you wear headsets during a workout session or after it then the possibility of acne breakouts become more obvious. This is due to the sweat and moisture which is collected around these headphones which results in compressing the skin and result in encouraging bacteria and yeast to multiply and increase in numbers causing more harm. So in order to ensure that these harmful bacteria effects are ignored you must clean your phone screen with an antibacterial wipe and disinfect your phone screen.
Keep pimples heal & conceal stick in your locket all the time
If a pimple or a zit pops up unexpectedly then you must have concealer and healer in your locker in order to conceal it with a concealer which is rich in blemish shrinking ingredients. In this manner you will be able to conceal and heal your pimple at once without any delay. The highly recommended stick which serves this purpose well is ZO skin health effects correct and conceal and acne concealer stick.
Keep your hands off your face
Popping a pimple is not a good idea at all as your hands are not clean and washed all the time and mostly there is dirt under your fingernails so if you try popping it or squeezing it, it can result in spreading the pimple even further and lead to a skin infection. Popping a pimple can also result in scars and these scars take a really long time to disappear from your face.
Use ice on your acne
Applying ice or cold compress on your pimple can prove to be really helpful in getting rid of it, avoid redness as well as avoid swelling. So you must wrap an ice cube in a clean soft tissue or a cloth and apply it to your acne affected areas for 20-30 seconds at a time for a few times on daily basis. If you need to go somewhere and your pimple needs instant attention then you can also consult your dermatologists and ask for a cortisone injection which is very effective in shrinking down the cyst and heal your acne problems.
Avoid irritating your acne using a toothpaste or alcohol
We have heard that applying toothpaste or alcohol on acne prone area can help in drying out the pimples and reduce acne. But applying these two things can result in causing irritation as well as dryness to your skin more than treating the actual pimple. In order to avoid acne problems you must apply prescriptions which contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide as these have been manufactured in order to cure acne. Also dabbing a cotton bud dipped in tea tree oil is also proven to be very helpful in overcoming acne problems.
Combat hormonal acne by using birth control pills
The birth control pills are known for their stabilizing properties of hormones as a result of which acne breakouts can be avoided. Some pills for this purpose which have been approved by the FDA include Estrostep, Ortho Tri-Cyclen and Yaz.These pills can take months to free you from acne so be patient.