Prevent Acne in Ways You’ve Never Thought of
Prevent Acne in Ways You’ve Never Thought of
While acne is often a natural side-effect of the hormones that begin affecting us from adolescence onward, many teens and adults find it embarrassing. Cosmetic and medication companies make billions per year on this fact because a majority of the time, a simple splash of water in the morning doesn’t cut it when it comes to prevention.
Keep Your Face Clean
This is one of the basics, but more people than you think skip out on their skincare ritual. This doesn’t mean cleaning your face every time you visit the bathroom. If your face feels dirty, by all means, give it a gentle cleanse, however washing your face too often can do more harm than good. Otherwise, keep your face washing ritual down to twice a day — when you wake up and when you go to bed. A good basic ritual can help a great deal in prevention and treatment of acne breakouts. Exfoliating 1 to 2 times a week is a good habit to get in. Try using your favorite scrub or investing in a facial cleansing brush to get the best results. Remember to always follow up with your favorite moisturizer to avoid drying your skin out.
If you touch your face often or lean on your hands, you might notice that the areas you touch most tend to develop pimples. This is because the oils on your hands transfer to your face, causing breakouts. The easiest way to avoid this is to keep your hands away from your face as much as possible. It’s a habit that’s difficult to break. Try using a translucent powder that wicks oil away from your facial skin, if you have trouble not touching. If you don’t or can’t wear makeup, you can also buy very small, disposable cloths that remove oil from your skin. Kissing can be a culprit for acne breakouts around the mouth as well because of the transfer of oils, bacteria, and microbes that are native to the other person’s skin while foreign to your own. This doesn’t mean that you have to stop giving or receiving kisses, by any means! Simply wash your face soon after. Even popping your own pimples can make your acne worse. If you want to properly pop your own whiteheads be sure to check out this guide on popping whiteheads.
Change Your Sheets
Dirty bed linens can be a huge factor in continued breakouts. Your pillowcase and sheets hold onto skin oils and dead skin that rubs away during the night. If you find yourself having problems with acne, one of the first things you should do is make a habit of washing your sheets at least twice a week with as little fabric softener as possible. Any washcloths used on your face should avoid fabric softener as well. If your washcloths are too scratchy, try to find special cloths made specifically for your face; they tend to be far softer and kinder to your skin. And if you don’t want to wash your sheets that often, there are pillowcases with technology created to resist the growth of bacteria and other dirty things (seriously, look it up!).
Take A Look at Your Hair
A big culprit with forehead breakouts is hair (this is why bangs are the enemy!). Many people tend to hide acne with hairstyles, brushing long bangs across their forehead, which only makes things worse as hair oils transfer to your skin. A solution to this is either keeping your hair away from your face or keeping your hair immaculately clean. Hair products can transfer to your skin as well, clogging pores and causing acne to increase. If you don’t wish to stop using products, make sure that the areas of hair that you apply them to never touch your face.
Be Careful With Cosmetics
This extends to everything from cleansers to makeup and other facial products. It may take some trial and error to figure out which cleansers and acne treatments work best with your skin. Not everyone’s skin reacts the same to every product. Some are too harsh and can cause breakouts through damage to the skin, while others might be too weak for you and won’t help at all. All you can do is try, try again. Many cosmetics brands these days are getting better about not clogging pores and allowing the skin to breathe. Still, it’s all up to your individual sensitivities. If a cleanser, spot treatment, cosmetic, or even perfume/cologne affects the frequency of your breakouts, it’s a good idea to stop using it or change to another brand. It’s also very important to keep up on cleaning your makeup brushes. The amount of bacteria in a less than a month without a cleaning is enough to irritate your skin to high heaven.
Keep in mind that the skin of your face will change throughout your life. You might stop having acne later in your teens, or you might continue to fight breakouts well into your adult years. Products can begin affecting your skin when they once didn’t, and you might even sometimes find yourself frustrated with your town’s water additives. If you acquire scarring because of breakouts, don’t fret. Talk to a doctor or dermatologist about how to get rid of acne scars. There are medications on the market that can minimize and help in getting rid of them, as well as makeup specially created to camouflage scarring left behind.