Luckily, there are a number of things
you can do every day to make sure your skin is less prone to flare ups. Here are five tips for taking control of
your acne starting today.
1. Exercise - Keeping in shape can help fight acne by fighting off
negative stress levels that can come from negative self-esteem and depression. However, some safeguards need to be
in place to ward off acne that can result from your workout routines. Watch what you put on your body with regards
to clothing, sports gear and equipment.
For example, tight lycra and nylon
exercise outfits might look great in the movies and on magazine models, but if you are susceptible to acne
problems, avoid these synthetic fabrics that tend to trap in body moisture and heat resulting in a bacteria
frenzy. Instead, choose loose clothing made of cotton or natural blends to allow more air to get to your
And when you are finished with your
workout, get out of clothing wet from perspiration or water sports. Shower and change into dry, clean clothing.
And keep your sports gear and equipment clean, too. Dirty headgear, for instance, can irritate forehead areas
prone to acne problems. So toss headbands into the washing machine after workout
2. Cosmetics - To avoid pore-clogging and skin irritations that are
similar to acne and that can contribute to acne, use products labelled noncomedogenic or oil-free. Shimmering
facial colours can contain a flaky mineral called mica that can cause skin irritations and clog pores. Other
additives in colouring that can cause similar reactions are coal tar derivatives, carmine and heavy cream in
More preventative measures include
using a lip gloss that promotes a matte finish instead of a high gloss for less pore-clogging; note the more the
shine, the more then comedogenic content and the more the pores can clog. Beware that eye creams can contain
heavier concentrations of moisturizers than regular creams and lotions, meaning they have greater potential to
clog pores in the surrounding facial areas.
3. Diet - Studies show that diet does not play a role in either the
cause or the treatment of acne. However, what is recommended for acne preventative care is this: what is best for
your body is best for your skin, especially since your skin is the largest organ of your body. So, remember to
watch your diet and consume healthy vitamins, minerals and other supplements. This will help to prevent and help
conquer acne breakout.
4. Hygiene - A healthy skin regimen should include no harsh
scrubbing or over-washing, because this can cause possible skin irritation or possible over production of oil to
replace what has washed off, clogging pores in the process. Products with gentle exfoliation ingredients are OK to
use; i.e., not scratchy nut or fruit shell pieces that can tear skin. And skip alcohol products when possible;
these can take off the top layer of your skin and cause your glands to product more oil, clogging pores in the
If you do spot acne-troubled areas, do
NOT mess with them. Remember that these are already weeks in the making, and squeezing or picking blemishes can
force the infected area to regress back inside, further troubling the region and possibly leave a scar. If
necessary, seek help from a dermatologist for alternative treatments.
5. Shaving - Shaving for both genders is actually an excellent way
of exfoliating or removing dead skin to help with the prevention and spreading of acne instead of leaving the
remains to clog pores. And for some light acne cases already in process, shaving can help rid whiteheads and
blackheads from the face. A word of caution: for areas with infection or high inflammatory activity (redness,
sensitive, open acne, sores, etc.), do not shave. Or at the very least, use a shaving cream for sensitive