While there are dozens of products on the market that have been developed to treat acne breakouts, it is really more important to understand why you break out in the first place. Why not focus your energy on finding ways to avoid the frequency with which they strike? Unfortunately, most of the time you develop those angry red spots and blemishes when you want to look your best. So, out you head to the local pharmacy for a product, which probably won’t act in time to do much good. If you suffer from acne, there are healthy skin solutions, which will help you learn to keep unsightly blemishes at bay.
1. Learn How to Wash Your Face
One of the biggest mistakes that many sufferers of acne make is in using wrong techniques for washing their faces. You have probably been told that you should wash your face at least twice daily so as to remove any impurities which can build up, creating pimples as your body works to expel those impurities. That is good advice, but it isn’t sufficient. Never use any harsh deodorizing soaps on your face or neck because they will further irritate skin that is probably already red and blotchy. Use only warm water and a mild facial cleanser formulated especially for people with skin problems like acne.
2. Use the Right Kind of Moisturizer
When it comes to skincare, not all products are created equal. This is so true of moisturizers. Never, ever, use an oily moisturizer because oils can quickly clog your pores, leading to an acne breakout from hell. The key term you are looking for in a moisturizer safe for sufferers of acne would be “noncomedogenic.” In laymen’s terms, it simply means “non-acne-causing.”
3. Use as Little Makeup as Possible
Also, just as you would not want to clog your pores with oily moisturizers, you would want to avoid clogging them with foundation, blush and other products, which can build up in your pores. If you must wear foundation, use a light one formulated for people with sensitive skin and use it sparingly.
4. Beware Hair Care Products
While you may need gel to keep your unruly locks under control, use hair care products sparingly as well. All too often, they run off onto your face, further clogging those very same pores you worked so hard to keep cleansed. Whether you step out into the rain or work up a sweat, haircare products, when wet, can (and do!) run off the scalp and onto your face.
5. Watch Your Diet
Finally, you have heard it said that you are what you eat and never is it more apparent than what you do to your skin as a sufferer of acne. Super-greasy foods should be eaten with care. While grease in your diet has not been proven to cause acne, getting that grease on your skin as you eat most certainly can! You may also want to check with your dermatologist to see if you are allergic to any of the foods you eat regularly, which can cause an outbreak as well.
Remember, prevention is always better than treating an outbreak of acne, so some simple lifestyle changes may be your best solutions.
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