Market is flooded with products claiming to give you complete relief from acne and breakouts, leaving a clear, smooth skin. However, those who have been trying out different skincare products one after another in search of a permanent solution to their skin problem know how frustrating it gets when none of them seems to work. So, here are some simple, time-tested tips to help you prevent and get rid of acne as well as clear up your skin.
1. Wash Your Face
Washing your face removes dust and oil that may otherwise clog up your skin pores. Having a regular face wash is all the more important if you have oily skin. Wash your face in the morning, maybe after brushing your teeth. You can have another face wash in the afternoon or early evening. Finally, don’t forget to wash your face before going to bed. Make sure you never ever sleep in your makeup.
2. Keep Your Skin Moisturized
Contrary to the popular misconception that moisturizers make the skin oily and trigger breakouts, moisturizers hydrate the skin and make it healthy. However, make sure you use oil-free moisturizers only. Some moisturizers are specifically formulated for acne-prone skin and have ingredients like aloe vera to offer relief from inflammation. For best results, apply moisturizer after washing your face.
3. Exfoliate Regularly
Exfoliation unclogs your skin pores by removing dirt and excess layers of dead skin cells. Exfoliate gently using alpha hydroxy and lactic acid based products to give your face a natural glow. Exfoliation through masks and lotions can be done once or twice a week. If you are using scrubs and brushes for exfoliation, you can exfoliate three-four times a week. It’s always better to begin with a fewer sessions in order to prevent over-exfoliation. Also, if you are suffering from inflammatory acne, consult your dermatologist to find out whether exfoliation would be safe for you.
4. Take Proper Diet
Diet plays an important role on how your skin looks. Reduce the intake of high glycemic foods such as sugar and potatoes, since they may increase oil levels in your skin. Limit the consumption of alcohol and processed carbs. Instead, go for fruits, vegetables, lentils, legumes, whole grains and high protein items.
5. Relax and Have Enough Sleep
Sleep reduces stress, relaxes the body and boosts immunity. Have at least 6-7 hours of sound sleep to rejuvenate your body and skin. If you happen to deal with a stressful situation, look for ways to relax and de-stress yourself. If you can include activities like exercising, meditating, pranayama and yoga in your daily routine, you will be doing a great favor to your skin and health.
6. Avoid UV Exposure
Early morning warm Sun may be a good source of vitamin D but excess exposure to the Sun is not good for your skin. The ultraviolet rays from the Sun increases the risk of wrinkles and even skin cancer. If you are on retinoids or similar medication for acne, you should be even more careful with UV exposure, since your skin may burn much faster. Use sunglasses, hat and sunscreen to protect yourself against UV exposure. You should apply sunscreen 10-15 minutes before you venture out in the sun.
7. Be Gentle to Your Skin
Avoid scrubbing your skin too hard. It can cause irritation and make you prone to breakouts. If you scrub with your hands, wash your hands properly to avoid transferring dirt and oil onto your face. If you use a facial cleanser, go for a mild one. A good cleanser need not be expensive. A simple cleanser without too many ingredients often works as well as or even better than expensive ones.
8. Avoid Picking Pimples
Resist the urge to pick or pop a zit since it may expose your skin pores to bacteria and increase the risk of leaving a scar. You should also avoid touching or feeling your face too often. Instead, keep your skin dry and apply topical medicine. Visit a dermatologist if you need a specialized treatment.
9. Don’t Clog Your Skin Pores
It’s often seen that people who use cosmetics are more prone to skin breakouts. That’s because cosmetics often clog your skin pores. In order to avoid clogging and breakouts, ensure that you wear a skin-friendly makeup. Go for oil-free or non-cosmedogenic cosmetics. Apply makeup with clean hands and don’t forget to remove your makeup before going to bed.
10. Use the Right Skincare Products
Choose your skincare products wisely. Avoid products that contain ingredients you are allergic to. Go for alcohol-free cleansers since alcohol can dry up and irritate your skin. Products with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid are good for preventing and clearing up acne. Choose mineral-based foundation over cream foundation. In addition to topical therapies, products like face and skin vitamins and multi-collagen protein capsules can help you get clear skin. Always use lukewarm water for washing and cleansing your face.
Healthy skin requires a healthy lifestyle. What you eat and how your treat your body ultimately shows up on your skin. So, turn to nutritious diet, quality sleep, relaxed mind and healthy skincare products for a great looking, clear, glowing face!