One of the life's annoying questions is: how to prevent acne?
Some of us are no strangers to the inflamed, red spots that occur on the face and body. Acne can either be caused by androgen hormones, imbalanced hormones, and genetics. While there is no way to prevent acne entirely, there are effective ways to clear them up faster and keep your face looking healthy and clean.
You can show the world a happier, more beautiful you with these five secret weapons for battling acne!
Washing Your Face
Washing your face: it is a simple but effective acne-fighting hack. If you find that you have an acne-prone skin type, you want to make sure you never skip a good face washing.
In fact, you will want to make washing your face with a gentle cleanser part of both your evening and morning routine.
Washing your face can clear away the dead skin cells, residual makeup, dirt, debris, and bacteria that can clog your pores after a long day. With a cleansing brush, you are sure to achieve a cleaner, healthier, and more radiant skin.
You want to be conscientious of what type of cleanser you are cleaning your skin with, as our faces absorb 60% of whatever we slather on. When choosing a cleanser, you want to be careful to avoid the dirty dozen toxic ingredients, which include harmful, skin-drying compounds like aluminum, mineral oil, parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances. The first step to getting rid of acne is making sure you put the right products on it!
Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise
This step might seem counterproductive: will over-moisturizing my skin make me break out more? NO!
The truth of the matter is your skin could be so dry that it is overcompensating and overproducing oil. This could lead to more oily skin and subsequent breakouts. This might mean that your skin is begging for some moisturizer.
Like your facial cleanser, you want to keep it simple with your moisturizer. You want to make sure your moisturizer will not clog your pores so that a lightweight moisturizer might be perfect for your skin.
You can also switch out your moisturizer when the seasons are changing—winter naturally tends to create dryer, cracking skin begging for a thicker moisturizer. If you find your skin breaking out, you might want to try more moisturizers.
Use a Mask
No, not the COVID-19 type of mask.
A good cleansing mask can seriously reduce the look of unsightly blemishes or help you get your acne under control. An antioxidant mask can help reduce your pores' look, reduce redness or dark marks, and provide much-needed hydration after one single use.
Leave your charcoal mask on for a half-hour, for example, and it can detox the buildup in your bores and cleanse your face more thoroughly than your cleanser. Face masks can help battle your acne by removing excess oil and clearing out the impurities buried in your skin.
Depending on your needs, there are many masks to choose from: gels, creams, sheets, overnight, aloe-infused, oatmeal-based, and many more. A mask with good, quality ingredients once or twice a week can be one of your best weapons for battling acne!
Stop Touching Your Face
As difficult as this step can be (all of us can touch our face without realizing it), this is an imperative step! You should avoid touching your face and scalp at all costs because you can easily spread bacteria, transfer oil, and immediately irritate your inflamed skin. Likewise, you should avoid picking at or popping your pimples because this can lead to infection, further irritation, scarring, or dark marks.
I hope some of these tips will help if you're struggling to battle acne or are having a particularly bad break out at the moment!