Acne can unfortunately affect anyone regardless of age, sex or race. But you know what they say – prevention is better than cure. If you’ve had bad acne before you’d probably do anything to go back in time and try to stop it.
Although it’s not always possible to completely prevent acne because of the wide range of things which can cause it, you may be able to at least reduce the chances of serious break outs.
Take Care of Your Hair
Hair is on and around your face all the time. So you need to keep it as clean as possible. It’s essential to wash it on a regular basis so the natural oils don’t get onto the face. But make sure you don’t put too many products in either. Over the course of the day they can very easily get onto the skin and block the pores. They can even cause irritations which could cause you to further touch your face from scratching. And that brings us onto our next point…
Don’t Touch Your Face!
Think about all the dirty objects our hands come into contact with every day. Money, laptops, phones and light switches are all incredibly dirty. They can be even dirtier than toilet seats. Yet we don’t wash our hands after touching them. We never think about how dirty our hands actually are. So the last place you want to be touching is your face. While our hands have much thicker skin and are relatively resistant to these germs, our faces aren’t. So don’t touch your face unless it’s completely necessary!
This is the obvious one. You need to clean your face and exfoliate. If you read our article on how acne forms you’ll see that part of the problem involves excess sebum combining with dead skin cells to block the pores. Exfoliation helps keep these skin cells to a minimum. It also washes dirt, oil and other acne causing substances off your skin. But be nice and gentle with your skin. Don’t scrub at it as hard as you can! Drying your face properly is also important. Make sure the towel is clean.
It’s a bit of a myth that greasy foods cause acne. But keeping fit and eating certain foods may reduce the chances of getting acne, and even assist in getting rid of it. Certain foods are good sources of anti oxidants, and others have anti inflammatory properties. Try and eat foods such as:
- Brown rice.
As for exercise it can increase your circulation & blood flow and help keep your skin healthy. Sweating from exercise can also help flush out toxins. Furthermore exercise is known to help reduce stress. As you’ll see below, some studies show that acne can be caused by stress. So exercise can help reduce the chances of getting acne in numerous way. Just remember to properly clean your skin after your work out! Not doing so can actually cause a break out.
- Change your pillow as often as you can. It comes into contact with your face quite a lot and can be full of bacteria, oil and dirt.
- You should also replace your make up brushes as often as you can. They also may be contaminated.
- Try and relax! Studies show that stress can cause acne. It can stimulate the adrenal glands which produce hormones.
- Go easy on the make up. Too much can clog up the pores and cause irritation. You should try to give your skin a few days off from make up every month.
- Stay well hydrated by drinking as much water as you can. This can help detox the body.
- Don’t forget to moisturize your skin! But make sure you use the right type. Make sure they don’t contain excessive oils.
- We know it’s hard, but don’t pop or burst the spots, especially if they’re red or inflamed. This can open the body up to infection. If you must squeeze them make sure the area, and your hands, are clean.