If one has struggled with their acne for a long period of time then they know how frustrating it can be to get rid of a blemish only to have another one spring up somewhere else on their body. By learning about the causes of acne and the tips in this article one can help themselves.
To prevent the spread of an acne breakout, do not pick or pop your pimples. Although it is tempting to try and pop a zit that has appeared on your face, doing so is the easiest way to spread bacteria from that pimple onto the rest of your face – causing a larger breakout.
Despite being a popular treatment for acne, avoid cleaning your face or spot treating your breakouts with isopropyl alcohol. It is an incredibly harsh cleanser for the already compromised skin. It dries the skin out, which causes it to overproduce oils to keep it moisturized. This then causes the breakouts or it aggravates the already existing breakouts.
To keep acne to a minimum, it is best to keep your hands clean and to avoid touching or scratching your face. Dirty hands can create black heads filled with dirt and white heads filled with pus. Dirt, not only comes from your hands, but from linen, as well. Make sure to wash your bed sheets and pillow cases regularly. If you consciously think about how many hours your face is in contact with the pillow, you won’t forget to clean the pillowcases!
Whether you exercise at the gym, home, at school, or participate in sports, remember to shower after breaking an intense sweat. While sweat is good for clearing out your pores, it’s not good when it remains on your skin to fester and soak back in. Take a shower to wash off any remaining dirt, skin flakes, and bacteria to avoid acne.
Touching your face can lead to more breakouts and blackheads. This is because your hands contain a lot of dirt and oils and you are just pouring that over the affected areas of your face. A mirror can be tempting to scratch and pick at your zits, but try and resist.
Use acne treatments before applying moisturizer. The general rule is to always use the heaviest liquid last. Acne treatments are usually very thin and clear so they should be used first. Moisturizer is a thick cream so it needs to be applied after the lighter lotions, otherwise, the lighter lotions will not be able to penetrate through the moisturizer.
Improve your eating habits and cut out greasy foods. Fatty foods full of grease exacerbate acne conditions. Staying away from greasy meals such as pizza and hamburgers has plenty of health benefits including helping prevent oily skin. The parts of the body are all connected and sometimes acne reflects poor overall nutritional health.
One’s long and arduous struggle against acne can now come to an end once they have learned from the tips they have just read. They can now go on and apply this knowledge to fight the acne that they already may have and prevent any future acne from developing on them.