Tips to Avoid Acne

According to research from Brown University, approximately 17 million in the U.S. have acne. With a number that high, it may seem impossible that anyone is able to avoid acne. Hey, I guess they say it happens to the best of us, right? We’ve put together some helpful tips that may help you avoid being another statistic.

Cleanse. It doesn’t matter if you have acne or not- everyone needs to wash their face. Your face may not even seem dirty, but over the course of the day oil, dirt, and bacteria build up. Start every morning with a fresh face and don’t go to bed before taking everything off. Use a mild cleanser, warm water, and a fresh clean towel- using an old towel will spread bacteria. Overwashing may be harmful, so try to keep your routine to twice a day, or after activities like going to gym or cooking in a hot kitchen.

Moisturize. “Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!” Some people think moisturized skin will lead to acne- but that is not the case. Keeping your skin well moisturized maintains oil balance and prevents breakouts. Look for an oil free or “noncomedogenic” (which means, unlikely to cause acne) moisturizer.

Prevent. Only you can prevent breakouts! Look for products that contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or lactic acid, which curb bacteria and dry excessive oil from skin. Start with a small amount at first. Use these products with caution if you have sensitive skin.

Makeup. Cake is for eating- it is not a makeup technique. Avoid caking the makeup over a breakout- this may worsen or spread the acne. Find an oil free, noncomedogenic makeup that isn’t super smelly and loaded with artificial chemicals and parabens. Read the ingredients list on the product label before buying.

Hair. Use mild shampoo and conditioner. Avoid any hair products with heavy fragrances, oils, or stickiness. Keep your hair away from your face, oily hair can transfer additional oil to your face. Long hair? Chop it all off NOW- just kidding! Invest in some cute headbands and clips.

Hands Off! There’s no telling where those hands have been! Keep them away from your face. No picking or popping, this will aggravate and inflame your skin. Minimize the spread of grime and bacteria to your face by not resting your cheek or chin on your hands.

Feed your skin. Spinach isn’t just for Popeye! Add fruits and veggies to your diet whenever possible. Try starting your day with a nutritious smoothie, or snacking on fruits throughout the day.

Exercise daily. Get that body moving! Exercising regularly increases circulation and blood flow which is nourishing for the skin.

Chill! Some studies have linked acne and other skin conditions to stress. Try to avoid feeling stressed in daily situations by taking deep calming breaths.

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