It is a right of passage that no preteen or teenager likes, acne. The main reasons for the flare ups are hormones, however, stress and diet also play a role. It is important to remember, that the images teens are bombarded with in magazines and TV shows, portray a world where acne doesn’t exist. We all know that just isn’t true. Commercials and ads, make it sound like the solution is a overnight process. Instead, dealing with acne, means learning a routine of good healthy skin care that is done daily. By mastering this, teens and even adults can reduce the constant threat of flare ups
Wash your face day/night: Washing away the dirt and chemicals you are exposed to during the day and cleaning the natural oils your face secrets at night is important in fighting acne. The skin on your face breathes and takes in these chemicals everyday. The important thing, is finding the right face wash that works for your skin type. Face washes do not need to be expensive department store brands either, there are many over the counter ones available at your local retailer or drug store that will do fine. Also, make sure you wash your face properly, so that you will not damage your skin. Before washing your face, wash your hands to remove any chemicals or germs that might be on them. Tie your hair back if necessary and place a dime to quarter size amount the of cleanser on your hands. Work up a good lather and then rinse with cold water. When all the cleanser is gone, pat your face dry. Depending on the time of year, you may need a moisturizer that you can apply in the morning.
Clean pillow: It doesn’t make sense to wash your face at night to only rest it on a dirty pillow. Wash your pillowcase weekly, with a dye free detergent and no fabric softener. The oils and sweat that you secret during the night are absorbed on your pillow each night. Every time you rest on there, your skin is picking up on the this from the nights before. Having a clean pillow case will reduce your skins exposure.
Pull your hair back: Hair has natural oils in it that are wonderful for your hair, but terrible for your skin. Sleeping at night with your hair on your face, will cause those oils to interact with your face, and that only increases the risk for a acne flare up.
Drink plenty of water: Water naturally detoxifies your body, that includes your skin. It will get rid it of bacteria and help to reduce breakouts.
Wear natural or water base makeup: Wearing natural makeup will help to reduce the fight your skin will have with perfumes and chemicals that clog your pores. If you wear foundation find a water based one. This will help to reduce breakouts as well and will produce a more natural match to your skin.
Using the steps above will help to reduce breakouts. However, if after trying over the counter acne products and following a good skin care routine,your acne continues, you may need to seek the advice of a dermatologist, who specializes in more difficult cases. Acne cannot be prevented, even for adults, but by having a good routine, you can reduce the amount of breakouts that occur.