acne

Keep your face clean. 

This is a basic, whether you have acne or not, washing your face at least twice a day is crucial for your skin to get rid of the gunk that goes in your pores from time to time from the environment. If you find a face wash too drying, switch to another, lighter one or simply use plain water to wash your face to get that excess oil away. Do not overdo it though; stripping away essential oils may cause wrinkles and dry skin. Do not use a soap as it is an irritant if used on face. Avoid scrubbing your skin with a harsh material. Only use cotton for cleansing or toning. For exfoliating, use gloves or keep a very light hand so you don’t strip your skin away and cause redness. A loofah is a good option if you have body acne.  Gently wash it with a very soft cloth or your hands. Always rinse well, and then dry your face with a clean towel.

Moisturize. 

Many products which are recommended for acne prone skin include ingredients that dry the skin. This is why you must invest in a good moisturizer to minimize dryness and skin peeling. Make sure it is non-comedogenic. Look for one based on your skin type.

Try an over-the-counter acne product.

 These ones don’t need a prescription. Also they consist benzoyl peroxidesalicylic acid, glycolic acid, or lactic acid, which fight bacteria and dry your skin. It often leads to drying or peeling so it is recommended that you start off with a small amount. Then you can increase the amount when your skin gets used to the formula. OTC topical retinoid gel (Differin 0.1% gel) is a well-known topical remedy. It stops the pimple from surfacing and is good for sensitive skin.

Use less makeup. 

Try avoiding wearing foundation or powder especially when experiencing a breakout. If you cannot avoid it, wash it off as soon as you can and especially don’t sleep with it on. Try choosing oil-free cosmetics without added dyes and chemicals. Choose makeup that is labeled as “non-comedogenic”. This means it must not contain anything to cause acne. Always make sure to go through the ingredients list to see what you are buying.

Watch what you put on your hair

Avoid buying products which have a lot of fragrances, artificial oils, pomades, or gels. If they get on your face, they will go in your pores and block them which may irritate your skin in a few hours only. Use a light shampoo and conditioner. If you have long hair, invest in hair accessories to keep them away from face.

Wear sunscreen

Invest in a good sunscreen with 6% zinc oxide or higher and SPF 30 or higher at least 20 minutes before sun exposure. Look for “non-comedogenic” on the sunscreen so you know it will not lead to breakouts.

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