Contrary to what many have heard, acne is not caused by dirty skin alone. There are several contributing factors and therefore, several effective tips for preventing and treating it. In this article, we will discuss some of the necessary steps you must take if you want to keep your skin clear.
If you want to prevent your skin from breaking out, stay away from caffeine. Most people are very sensitive to caffeine and it causes their skin to break out. Even if you do not drink coffee, chances are you drink pop or energy drinks. These drinks contain a lot of caffeine: check the labels of the drinks you buy and avoid anything containing caffeine.
If your acne consists of inflamed spots or cysts, consider using Hydrocortisone to reduce the swelling. Hydrocortisone is an over-the-counter mild topical steroid which can reduce inflammation and redness on the skin’s surface. Be sure to only use this skin ointment on the inflamed pimple, and do not overuse this product as side effects can include skin thinning and discoloration of the skin.
To help prevent your face form breaking out, you should moisturize it. When you wash your face, it dries up under the effect of the soap. A dry skin will produce more oil to compensate and thus it is more likely to eventually break out. Use a gentle, natural moisturizing cream or lotion every time you wash your face.
Shaving serves as exfoliation and therefore, can be an excellent way of removing dead skin cells. This can help to both prevent acne, and keep it from spreading if a break out has occurred. Avoid shaving any areas that are sore or infected however, as this can further irritate the skin.
Benzoyl Peroxide can be used to treat acne safely. It is particularly good for spot treating your problem areas. Many people believe that this acid has damaging effects on your skin. However, it is safe for using on your face, and can help you out when you are in a rut.
If you must shave during an acne breakout, consider using a standard blade and not using an electric razor. Try to shave with the direction of hair growth, not against it. Shaving can irritate acne prone skin and lead to scarring, so be very gentle with your skin while shaving.
It may be tempting to reach for your foundation, but avoid wearing makeup whenever possible. Even non-comedogenic (non pore-blocking) makeup can leave residue on your face after cleansing. This may lead to further breakouts, which actually leads people to lapse into frustrating cycles where they then try to hide the breakout that their makeup caused with more makeup!
To keep your skin clear and keep your diet on track at the same time, drink plenty of water every day. While most people think of water intake as a dietary tip, keeping your body hydrated is also crucial to keeping your skin clean and clear. Simultaneously cutting back on sugary drinks like soda will also cut back on breakouts.
In this article, we have discussed the factors that contribute to acne and the steps you should take if you want your skin to remain or become clear. Make sure to incorporate these tips into your daily routine for best results. Your clean, glowing skin will thank you for your efforts.