Acne is one of the most common skin conditions and can result in several types of blemish, including pimples and blackheads.
Pimples can appear anywhere on the skin, but most often occurs on the face. As they are usually triggered by hormones, and in some cases genetics there are no guaranteed ways to prevent them, however there are ways to reduce their severity.
There are four factors that contribute to the development of acne:
- The skin producing too much oil, which clogs pores causing inflammation.
- Dead skin cells building up, which has the same effect,
- The presence of bacteria in the pores.
- Inflammation of the skin, which also causes redness.
A doctor or dermatologist can help identify which factor or combinatorial of factors is causing acne. However, many methods of treatment and prevention are similar, regardless of cause.
1. PROPERLY WASH YOUR FACE
To help prevent pimples, it’s important to remove excess oil, dirt, and sweat daily.
2. KNOW YOUR SKIN TYPE
Oily and combination skin are more prone to breakouts.
Knowing your skin type will help you choose the right skincare products.
3. MOISTURISE YOUR SKIN
To help prevent pimples, use fragrance-free, noncomedogenic moisturizers after you wash your face or when your skin feels dry.
4. STAY HYDRATED
If you’re dehydrated your body can signal your skin’s oil glands to produce more oil. Dehydration can also make the skin appear dull and cause inflammation and redness.
5. DON’T POP
It’s tempting to pop. It popping pimples can spread bacteria, result in scaring and cause infections.
Try tropical or over the counter treatments instead.
6. WATCH YOUR DIET
Food and drinks high in sugar such as soft drinks and baked goods made with white flour have been known to contribute to breakouts.
Some studies have also linked dairy products as a trigger.
7. LIMIT MAKEUP
While it’s tempting to cover pimples, makeup clogs pores causing further outbreaks.
Go natural when you can!
9. KEEP YOUR HAIR CLEAN
Keep your hair clean with regular washes, and avoid oily products such as gels, and hairspray that can transfer onto the skin and trigger breakouts.
10. TALK TO A DOCTOR OR DERMATOLOGIST
Talk to a doctor or dermatologist about a prescription for antibiotics or hormonal treatments.
11. WEAR SUNSCREEN
Furthermore, sunburn can lead to the over product of oil, causing breakouts. Use an oil-free sunscreen with a factor of at least 15.