breakouts – pimples, oil glands

Only a few of us are immune to breakouts – pimples and blemishes may appear the face, neck, chest, back, and shoulders where oil glands are most active. Yet, you can always do something to prevent the appearance of blemishes and achieve a clearer complexion. Although cleansing, toning, and moisturizing your skin is the so-called basic and widely-popular skin care protocol, you might want to skip toning or using rubbing alcohol or alcohol-based astringents and toners to avoid drying out your skin. These products contain substances that strip your skin of its natural, protective moisture, which can lead to skin irritation and make acne worse. Our skin needs moisturizing, at any age, and especially as you enter the age 25 when the effects of aging begin showing.

When choosing products, buy an oil-free moisturizer that says “non-comedogenic” on the label, which means it doesn’t have ingredients that can clog pores or cause whiteheads or blackheads. All skin types need moisturizing, even acne-prone skin, can benefit from a good moisturizer and even keep acne at bay. Your skin needs water to stay moisturized, in addition to the moisturizers you apply, so drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to keep your skin well hydrated. Make sure to pair this with a healthy diet that is a combination of fresh fruits and vegetables, so your skin can get all the vitamins and mineral required to keep it healthy. Vitamins A and E are particularly helpful in maintaining a healthy skin.

Oil-based cosmetics can clog pores so avoid these types of cosmetics, such as creamy foundation or blush, at all cost especially if you have oily skin. Instead, use bare mineral cosmetics, which are light and powdery, are less likely to do so. If you have to wear make-up or foundation, then choose an oil-free makeup. Begin with a clean face and splash on cold water before applying your foundation. Doing so would ensure bacteria and makeup do not act up together, and cold water close your pores to prevent clogging it.

Also make sure to wash your before hopping in to bed. Scientific research has repeatedly warned that ultraviolet rays puts you at risk for premature aging, wrinkles, and worse, skin cancer. Avoid sun exposure as much as you can especially when it is hottest (between 10am to 4pm), and don’t use a tanning booth to get a tan because it can be just as harmful. In addition, commonly prescribed medications for acne, including topical retinoids, can make you more sensitive to damage from UV rays. Always use sunscreen every time you need to go out under the sun, but make sure it is oil-free.

Use one with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher, which provides broad-spectrum protection from both ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays. Also, look for products labeled non-comedogenic that will not clog pores. Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours, especially when you swimming or if you are sweating. Do Keep Hair Off Of Your Face No matter how attractive it might seem to let your locks down, our hair can be oily and prone to catching dust and houses bacteria. These can cause breakouts when it touches your skin.

To resolve this, pull long hair back when you sleep so it doesn’t aggravate your skin. Our hands is host to millions of bacteria and dirt, and touching your face can potentially transmit these to your face, worsening acne or setting off blemishes and breakouts. If you want to avoid such scenario, avoid touching your face and don’t lean your face on your hands. Cell phones have also been known to carry millions of bacteria, so you might want to keep it off your face as well. In addition, tight-fitting hats can also be culprits for breakouts and acne, especially if you sweat – imagine dirt and bacteria accumulating in such moist environment (your hat).

Frequent and vigorous washing, using soap with harsh ingredients, can strip off its natural barriers and good bacteria, leaving your skin vulnerable to breakouts and blemishes. Facial scrubs can likewise set off the same effect. All skin types can benefit from daily washing, ideally twice a day – in the morning and before you hit the sheets. Only use a soap-free, mild cleanser and warm water to maintain your skin’s pH balance.

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