Top 5 tips to avoid breakouts.
There are ways you can prevent acne and avoid breakouts from happening. It’s always easier to take a few steps back and figure out what’s causing the problem than to stress about the breakout, right?
Even though a dermatologist can help you to identify which combination of factors is causing acne, most of the prevention methods are similar, regardless of the cause. And most of these methods can reduce the severity of breakouts or keep them in check.
First of all, make sure you don’t squeeze the pimples. Yes, it sounds obvious but most of us are guilty of squeezing from time to time. You’ll need a systematic approach involving self-care, lifestyle and diet changes. Thanks to those changes you’ll probably be able to see the results in a matter of days. Ready to get started?
#1: Clean face is a necessity
It’s important to wash your face twice daily to remove dead skin cells, extra oil, and impurities. Avoid scrubbing your skin harshly with a washcloth, an exfoliating glove or a coarse-textured sponge. You should also stay away from harsh soaps, and try using warm water with mild facial cleanser.
Keep in mind that washing more often than twice daily can aggravate acne-prone skin even more. It may do more harm than good.
The biggest enemy of your skin is not removing make-up before going to bed because sleeping with makeup on can lead to clogged pores and red eyes. Make sure you always remove it – no matter how tired you are.
#2: Stay out of the sun
You might have heard that some amount of unprotected sun exposure can clean up breakouts but that’s not true. The damage from unprotected sun exposure leads to sun damage with weakens the skin and negatively impacts acne. While catching some rays may dry out the pimples in the short term, it can also cause major problems in the long-run.
Not only the sun’s rays can increase inflammation, but they can also cause dark discoloration. You should probably limit time in the sun, especially between 10 am and 4 pm. If your doctor recommended acne medications they’ll make your skin even more sensitive – keep that in mind.
When you’re choosing your sunscreen to make sure you wear a noncomedogenic oil-free sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15.
#3: Watch what you eat
What you eat reflects on your skin. Avoid foods with high glycemic index: baked goodies, chips, and soft drinks. Dairy products and foods high in processed sugar may also trigger acne. Try to stay away from these.
Your doctor may even suggest that you cut back on a particular food group in order to see if your skin improves. No more cookies, cakes or pies but you’ll have a clean acne-free face. Yay!
It might also be a good idea to start exercising at this point because physical activity is good for your whole body, including your skin. Just make sure you clean your face and shower right after.
#4: It’s important to moisturize
Along with drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day, you should help skin stay hydrated by moisturizing. There are a couple of rules when it comes to this step, though:
- Always use a moisturizer that minimizes dryness and skin peeling – look for “noncomedogenic” on the label.
- Avoid moisturizers with synthetic fragrance or oil
- Make sure to pick out the right moisturizer for your skin (there are moisturizers made for oily, dry, or combination skin).
#5: Refrain from excess exfoliation
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead cells from the skin and even though it can help to improve acne, too much of exfoliation can worsen your breakouts. if you remove too much natural oil from the skin, the skin my compensate by producing more oil which can clog pores and lead to more pimples.
You’ll know if you went too far if your skin becomes irritated or if it feels extremely tight after washing. If it does happen, there are a few things you can do to make it less intense:
- Avoid wearing makeup to cover up pimples and go au naturel whenever you can.
- Watch what you put on your hair (avoid using fragrances, oils, pomades, or gels in your hair). Try to wash your hair more often with a gentle shampoo and keep your hair pulled away from your face.
- Keep your hands off your face because you can spread bacteria and irritate already inflamed skin.
Minimizing acne can save you from the frustration of dealing with the consequences. Be gentle to your skin, avoid heavy products, watch what you eat, keep your face clean, stay out of the sun and don’t forget to moisturize.
Is there something that’s not on the list and has helped you to avoid acne breakouts?