11 Ways to help treat and prevent acne

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.

However, remember not to over wash your face. Limit yourself to twice a day and consider using alcohol-free products.

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

Moisturisers help your skin stay hydrated.

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!

ALSO: Make sure makeup brushes and sponges are regularly cleaned to avoid the buildup of bacteria.

9. KEEP YOUR HAIR CLEAN

Excess oil on your hair can travel on your skin, making acne worse.

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

Being out in the sun can dry out the skin, which can cause the prediction of oil leading to breakouts.

Furthermore, sunburn can lead to the over product of oil, causing breakouts. Use an oil-free sunscreen with a factor of at least 15.

Candice Farrow

Fashion and lifestyle blogger from North East, England.

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