Acne is a fact of life for a lot of people, and not just teenagers. And while acne breakouts can be bothersome, there are things that people can do to help keep them to a minimum. These are 10 of the best ways that people can keep their acne at bay.
Keep It Clean
While acne is a problem that starts below the skin's surface, keeping acne-prone skin clean is essential. The reason is that the oils on the skin's surface can clog pores and cause pimples to develop in those with skin already prone to breakouts. For this same reason, exfoliation is important as well. Exfoliation removes the dead skin on the surface. However it's important to remember that acne is caused by inflammation in the skin, so it's important to be gentle. Rough cleansing can make the inflammation, and the acne, worse.
Acne Friendly Cosmetics
Acne prone skin is typically sensitive skin as well, making it easily irritated by some cosmetics. So when shopping for cosmetics, look for the word "non-comedogenic" on the label. This means that it is designed not to clog pores. Opt for oil-free products such as moisturizers and sunscreens as well, because they will also help keep skin clear.
Clean Your Cellphone
While most people never really think about it, a cellphone can really aggravate acne. When using the phone, it's pressed against the side of the face, and can collect all the oils and bacteria that are on the skin. In addition, most phones get warm when used which can encourage pores to open and allow oil and bacteria to reach deeper into the skin. Over time, this can cause acne breakouts if the phone isn't cleaned. There are special wipes available designed to clean electronic devices like cellphones safely.
Keep Hair Products Off Your Face
While the products that people put on their hair are designed to help their style last all day, it can wreak havoc on acne prone skin. The chemicals in these products can irritate skin across the forehead, jaw, neck and back causing breakouts. Also, if breakouts seem to occur most often on the forehead, it is a good idea to lose the bangs.
In addition to being extremely bad for the human body, smoking can also damage skin. The absolutely shocking chemicals found in cigarettes and other tobacco products can cause irritation to the skin as well as causing drying, which will lead to deep wrinkling later in life. So it's best to skip the cigarettes, or quit if someone has already started.
Don't Go To Bed With Makeup On
While oil-free, non-comedogenic products are fine for use during the day, at night is when the body rejuvenates itself, and that includes the skin. So wearing makeup to bed can cause the skin to become irritated and keep the dirt and oils from the day on the skin where it can clog pores. There are a variety of products on the market that make it quick and easy to remove makeup, so no more excuses. Remove the makeup before calling it a night.
Keep Stress At Bay
Stress increases the body's inflammatory response, and since acne itself is an inflammatory response, stress has been shown to make acne worse. How many times have we all heard about brides waking on their wedding day stressed out with a bunch of zits? So if a stressful even is on the horizon, try adding some salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide cleanser and an oil-free moisturizer to the daily routine. This can help stop the break out before it starts.
Don't Wear A Hat
Hats can be fashionable and functional, but for those with acne prone skin, they are a no-no. Hats can hold hair products, sweat, skin oils and cosmetic products against the forehead, leading to breakouts along the forehead. So if breakouts on the forehead are a problem, ditching the hat can help calm skin along the forehead and keep the breakouts to a minimum.
While it is a myth that pizza and soda pop will cause breakouts, the foods and drinks that people put into their body can make a difference in the condition of their skin. Certain foods can increase the body's inflammatory response, causing an increase in breakouts, if skin was already irritated. Research has also linked the hormones found in dairy products with a possible increase in breakouts, but this doesn't mean that people should skip the dairy, just be sure to reduce inflammation in other ways.
Sleep On Your Back
It's bad news for tummy sleepers, but sleeping on one's back can help prevent acne breakouts. The reason is that the oils from the face and hair rub against the pillow, putting tummy sleeper's faces in constant contact with these oils on their pillowcases and sheets. So back sleeping can cut down on acne breakouts by cutting down on this irritating contact. It's also important to change bed linens often because this too can irritate acne prone skin.
Acne is certainly bothersome, but by following these 10 steps can help keep acne breakouts to a minimum, allowing the world to see clear, beautiful skin, instead of red, blotchy acne.