Top 10 Tips for Acne-Prone Skin
Acne is often mistaken for pimples. It is, in fact, a chronic condition that causes blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and other types of skin breakouts. It typically affects the face, neck, back, and chest areas. Though commonly believed to afflict only teenagers, acne can occur at any stage of a person’s life, usually in reaction to hormonal imbalances.
Tips for people with acne-prone skin
1. Cleaning your face
Wash your face two times a day, at least. Make it a habit to clean your face after a trip outdoors, excessive sweating, exposure to the elements, and so on.
2. Maintaining hygiene
While washing the dirt and impurities off your face is important, it is equally important to make sure that your clothes, bed covers, pillows, towels, and other materials that come in contact with the acne-prone areas of your body are regularly washed and cleaned.
3. Skincare products
Chemicals and oils in skincare products such as cleansers, moisturizers, toners, and so on can sometimes cause or exacerbate acne, especially if you have sensitive skin. Check to see if any of the products you are using, is triggering or worsening your acne. Natural or herbal skincare products are better suited for acne prone skin.
4. Skincare routine
A proper skincare routine is vital to managing and controlling acne outbreaks. Often, people with acne will go all out on cleansers, leaving their skin completely dry. Or they will forego moisturizers, thinking that it will clog their pores and worsen the problem. But excessive use of cleansers or shunning moisturizers will produce the opposite result as the skin will secrete more oil to replace the lost moisture. To avoid this, use products that are specifically designed for acne-prone skin.
Haircare might seem like an odd tip, but hair can accumulate a lot of dirt and bacteria that can cause your skin to breakout. Dandruff is another culprit that can lead to forehead acne. So, ensure your hair is healthy and keep it away from your face as much as you can.
Invest in good quality cosmetics, be they foundation, rouge, mascara, or eye shadow. Poor quality or inexpensive products may irritate and inflame your skin. Make-up removal is also key. Ensure that all traces of make-up are removed, and then follow it up with your nightly skincare routine. Never go to bed without removing your make-up.
7. Dietary changes
While the link between food and acne has not been firmly established, there is some evidence to suggest that certain foods can aggravate the problem. Try to reduce your intake of dairy products, foods with high sugar content, and junk food. It is possible that your skin may react adversely to a particular food product. Identifying and eliminating the same from your diet would be useful.
Physical exercise stimulates the flow of blood to your skin, which keeps the organ healthy while sweating causes your pores to unclog and release dead skin cells and excess oil. While exercise is beneficial in fighting acne, not maintaining proper hygiene can make the problem even worse. So, be sure to wash your face, take a shower, and change into a clean set of clothes soon after exercising.
9. Home remedies
There are plenty of home remedies for acne such as tea tree oil, aloe vera, garlic, toothpaste, vinegar, honey, lemon juice, and so on. Some of these remedies require them to be mixed with creams and moisturizers or otherwise diluted. Make sure to read up on them before you decide to try one.
10. Visit a dermatologist
If all else fails or if your acne is particularly severe, a visit to the dermatologist may be warranted. The dermatologist will examine your acne and prescribe oral and topical medication.
Bad habits to break when having acne-prone skin
Some don’ts for people having acne-prone skin:
- Do not keep touching your face and other acne-prone areas. Doing so will transfer bacteria and other impurities from your hands to the affected areas.
- Do not scrub your face while washing. Clean it properly but gently. Scrubbing can leave the skin dry and inflamed.
- Do not pop your acne. This will not only leave long-lasting scars but also spread the infection deeper and into non-affected areas.
Acne is a common skin condition affecting a large number of the population. So, take heart in knowing that you are not alone. To combat acne, follow the top ten tips, break your bad habits, and, above all, stay healthy and stress-free.
by Julie Park