15 Proven Tips for Fighting Acne

Medically Reviewed on 9/9/2020

Acne Prevention Tips

Acne is a common skin problem
Acne is a common skin problem

Acne is the most common skin problem that affects more than 80% of people at some point in their life. If not treated properly, it can lead to scars and dark marks on the skin which might take longer to go away. 

Following a good skincare regime is one of the best ways to keep your skin clear from acne. Here are 15 proven tips for fighting acne:

Wash your face at least twice a day and after sweating

  • You can wash your face with a gentle, non-alcoholic cleanser.
  • If possible, use warm water for washing your face. Avoid using water that is too hot or too cold

Use sunscreen daily

  • A common myth is that sunlight helps clear acne. Exposure to the sun in fact can irritate your skin which can trigger acne or worsen existing acne.
  • Make it a habit to use a non-comedogenic and gel-based sunscreen with SPF>30 while going out in the sun.

Keep your skin moisturized

  • Another common myth is that moisturizers are bad for oily skin that is prone to acne. But the truth is that keeping your skin moisturized helps in getting a blemish-free and healthy skin. 
  • Choose oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and glowing.

Choose skin-friendly cosmetics

  • Choose makeup products, particularly foundation and compact powders that are non-creamy, oil-free, and lightweight in nature. 
  • Choose a mineral-based foundation or makeup.

Remove your makeup at night

  • Do not forget to remove your makeup with a gentle cleanser before going to bed at night. Makeup that is kept overnight can clog the pores and give you zits. Give your skin a chance to breathe by removing the excess layer of makeup.

Exfoliate your skin

  • Exfoliating the skin removes the dead cells and thus prevents clogging of pores. You can exfoliate your skin either with the help of soft cotton cloth or chemical-based products containing mandelic acid or glycolic acids once or twice a week.
  • Since exfoliation can worsen inflammatory acne, it is better to ask a dermatologist about what type of acne you have and whether you can exfoliate your skin.

Try using anti-acne products

You can try using over-the-counter acne-fighting agents that contain any of the following:

These are available in the form of gels, creams, lotions, face washes, and soaps. Experiment with what works for you or consult a dermatologist about the best product for your acne.

Don’t pop pimples

  • Please do not try to squeeze your pimple and forcefully try to burst it. This can cause the bacteria to go deeper into the skin and lead to further breakouts apart from the scarring.
  • You can instead visit a dermatologist or a skin therapist who is professionally trained to extract the dirt or sebum from your pimples with the help of special equipment.

Avoid touching your face

  • Avoid touching your face, especially the acne areas since this can facilitate the spread of bacteria to other skin areas.
  • Hands harbor dirt and germs. Wash or sanitize your hands before touching your face or applying any cream or makeup on your face.

Tie your hair

  • Hair contains natural oils that can trigger acne breakouts.  Keep your hair away from your face by tying your hair up or applying a hairband.
  • Wash your hair daily if you have oily hair.

Choose hair-care products wisely

  • Certain hair sprays can spill on your face and cause acne flare-ups. Even hair gels can trickle down from your head to your face. Hence, look for the ingredients in your hair care products and make sure they are non-comedogenic.
  • Dandruff is also known to cause acne over the forehead. Hence, it is necessary to use a medicated anti-dandruff shampoo or get it treated from a dermatologist.

Change your food habits

  • There is some evidence that eating foods that have a high glycemic index such as sweet potatoes contribute to acne by altering hormone levels. The altered hormone levels can increase sebum production and lead to clogged pores. It does not harm much to avoid such foods that have other health benefits (diabetes prevention) as well.
  • Some research studies have also found a link between dairy milk intake and acne. See if avoiding dairy milk helps reduces your acne.

De-stress yourself

  • Stress has been shown to aggravate acne. Exercise regularly and try techniques such as deep breathing, yoga, or meditation to manage your stress and stay relaxed.

Get adequate sleep

  • Lack of sleep can trigger inflammation and cause breakouts. Try to get seven to nine hours of sleep daily.

Avoid smoking

  • Ample studies suggest there is a strong association between smoking and acne. Hence, try quitting smoking to deal with your acne.

If the above measures fail to give any satisfactory results, it is vital to consult a dermatologist who can give you some prescription medications or suggest certain skin procedures.

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Medically Reviewed on 9/9/2020
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