In our previous article, we discussed the causes and types of acne. Now that you know why whiteheads, blackheads or pimples might appear on your skin, it’s time to take some preventive measures. After all, prevention is better than cure! And it’s always better to take care of your skin before something happens to it. Here are some effective ways for preventing acne:
Prevent the oil buildup
Acne happens as a result of excessive sebum that clogs up the pores. To prevent this oil buildup, you should wash your face twice everyday. Use a mild soap or liquid based cleanser.
Do not scrub
Scrubbing might give you the feeling of doing a good, hard job of cleaning your skin but it can actually make your acne worse. Scrubbing can irritate the skin which can result in an acne flare-up. Wash your skin gently and use your hands instead of a washcloth.
Use the right products
Make sure that any cosmetic products you use- make up, moisturizer, sunscreen- are oil free. Look for labels like ‘oil free’, ‘noncomedogenic’, or ‘nonacnegenic’ on the product packaging.
Use hair gels and sprays carefully
Styling your hair isn’t going to cause acne but your gel or hair spray can contribute to acne if you aren’t careful using them and apply them to your face by mistake. These products can clog up the pores which can lead to acne.
Carefully remove makeup
Before going to sleep, don’t just quickly wash your face and call it a day. Whenever you remove your makeup, take the time to cleanse your face. Residual make up can clog up the pores.
Keep your hair away from your face
This is mostly an issue for people with longer hair. Keep your hair clean and tucked away from the face to reduce the oil content.
Avoid caps and hats
You could get pimples along your hairline by wearing baseball caps and hats. Avoid them if you have an acne problem.
Clean up after work outs
Whether you’ve been exercising or just sweating a lot, make sure you take a nice shower or bath afterwards. Remaining clean and dry is important in reducing acne.
It’s true for most skin conditions: touching and scratching only makes it worse. Our hands are the most effective way of transporting bacteria and, by touching your face, you only provide them with a free ride! Try to avoid the temptation!
Don’t pick, pop and squeeze
Most importantly, you should not pick, pop, squeeze or otherwise mess with your pimples. You acne will grow worse.
Try over the counter solutions
Products with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can help prevent acne and even treat it. But always be careful of using these products as you might be allergic to an ingredient (and hence make the acne worse) or damage your skin. Visit us at the MedHelp clinic for advice on acne prevention and the right products for your skin.