5 Ways to Reduce Unwanted Acne and Blemishes
Acne and skin blemishes are awful. They can even disrupt your social and professional life, and they certainly don’t do anything positive for your self-esteem. Many people consider them to be an unfortunate part of life that they just can’t do anything about - but this is only partly true. While there’s no way to fully predict when a breakout will occur, or to completely stop your skin from blemishing, there are some best practices when it comes to your skin that will reduce the severity and frequency of these occurrences. Continue reading for 5 ways to reduce unwanted acne and blemishes.
Keep Your Face Clean
Making sure to keep your face clean is one of the most important factors in overall skin health and in preventing acne and blemishes. Wash twice daily with warm water and with a gentle cleansing product to remove impurities, dead skin cells, and oil. While cleansing your skin is good, overwashing can cause more problems than it solves, so make sure to keep your washing routine at two times per day. If you feel particularly oily or dirty throughout your day you can try a gentle facial wipe instead of an extra wash.
Use Facial Moisturizer
Keeping your skin clean is a great first step, but keeping it hydrated is equally as important and especially so if you’re using any kind of acne treatment product. This is because these products tend to contain ingredients that dry your skin out. Try a non comedogenic facial moisturizer to avoid clogging your pores and causing additional pimples and blemishes. It’s all about experimentation, so don’t be afraid to try different products to find what works best for you.
Use Less Makeup
For those of you that love the beautifying results you can achieve through makeup this will be a hard habit to build, but it can be so worth it. It’s important to realize that anything you put on your skin that clogs pores can significantly increase the chances and severity of acne and blemishes arising. If you want to wear makeup, choose a product that is non comedogenic just like your facial moisturizer. It’s also a good idea when choosing makeup to try to choose oil and fragrance free products.
Eat for Your Skin
If you’re familiar with the adage ‘you are what you eat’ then you already know where this is going. Your skin is extremely responsive to the foods you eat and so diets that are rich in low quality fats, oils, and contain many highly processed ingredients should be avoided at all costs. Junk food and greasy food like hamburgers and fries are delicious, but not very kind to your skin. Fortunately, the majority of dermatologists agree that certain foods, chocolate in particular, won’t cause pimples - just try to avoid chocolate that has a lot of sugar.
Limit Your Sun Exposure
Of course you’d prefer to be sun-kissed and golden all year round, but the reality of those sunny kisses is skin damage and increased blemishing. Ultraviolet radiation from sunlight causes inflammation and redness and at extremes can damage the skin so much that it burns. This can result in post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and some acne medications make your skin even more sensitive to sunlight than it normally would be. It’s a good idea to wear sunscreen in the SPF range of 30-50 and to limit sun exposure where possible. Again, noncomedogenic products are the ones to look for.
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