Acne can be a confidence-shattering thing to experience. Many people think it’s like the end of their social lives but you know what? It’s totally natural and you don’t need to feel under-confident because of it. But if you still feel you aren’t feeling comfortable with your skin and need to get rid of acne to feel better, there are ways to deal with it naturally.
If a zit just magically appeared on your face this morning, worry not and follow these simple tips to help clear your skin and prevent acne:
1. Wash your face regularly
If you struggle with acne, it is very important to wash your face twice a day. This will wash away dirt, bacteria, and any kind of impurity from your skin. Exfoliate once a week to get rid of dead skin cells. Avoid scrubbing your skin too harshly. It is important to be very gentle with the skin on your face as it can be sensitive.
2. Avoid sugary and fried foods
Yeah, I know they’re hard to avoid but if you’re not okay with your acne wali skin then you need to stop indulging.
Foods that are high in sugar and saturated fats – like white bread, candy, fried foods, ice cream, etc causes your body’s insulin levels to increase that can lead to breakouts inflammation. As painful as it may be you gotta control yourself.
3. Use acne-friendly makeup
If you are breaking out – minimal makeup that is oil free and acne friendly is key. It’s best to avoid foundations, concealers, and powders on skin that is inflamed – but that is easier said than done. If you do want to use makeup look for oil free products without dyes and chemicals. Make sure to completely remove makeup at the end of the day.
4. Change your pillow case every 5-7 days
Your pillowcase can be a hub for bacteria. It’s really important to wash your pillowcase very 5-7 days to keep it clean and to prevent germs from transferring onto your skin.
5. Try over the counter acne spot treatments
It’s always important to ask your doctor or visit a dermatologist before using any kind of chemicals or medications on your skin. There are many over the counter products you can buy with ingredients that help shrink pimples such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid.
6. Don’t touch your face too much
Germs and bacteria from your fingers can spread across your face and into skin, clogging your pores. Wash your hand frequently but try not to touch your face.
7. Use a face cleanser specialized to fight acne
Ask your dermatologist to prescribe you a face cleanser that works for you and your skin type.
8. Clean your phone screen
Mobile devices are one of the newest causes of acne breakouts. Dirt and grime from your filthy fingers collect onto your phone screen and can seep into your face every time you talk on the phone. Your makeup rubs off onto your phone and is transferred back onto your face. (GROSS!) To prevent acne and bacteria, clean your phone screen every night or every other night with an antibacterial wipe.
An important step that some people with oily or acne prone skin often skip is moisturizing. Whether you have dry, oily, or combination skin – it is very important to use a moisturizer. Acne products tend to dry out the skin so use a moisturizer that works best for your skin type.
10. Stay out of the sun whenever you can
The sun’s ultraviolet rays can increase inflammation and cause redness and patchy skin. Sun exposure can also cause post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation and discoloration. Some acne products may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight as well.
11. Follow a healthy diet
It’s important to consume healthy foods like fruits and vegetables that promote collagen production.
12. Get enough sleep
Sleep is when the body’s hydration re-balances. While sleeping, skin is able to recover moisture that it might have lost during the day. Not getting enough sleep leads to poor water balance which results in bad skin.
13. Drink WATER
Drinking water is an easy and very affordable method to keep your skin from breaking out by hydrating your skin and flushing out harmful toxins from your body. You should consume at least 8 glasses a day to keep your skin glowing and clear.
By increasing your blood flow, exercise assists in nourishing your skin and keeps your cells in vital condition. Exercising also provides oxygen, blood flow and helps carry out waste products from cells.
15. Stop smoking
Smoking dehydrates the skin, making it prone to breaking out. Smoking can leave oils and dirt on your face that can clog your pores and cause pimples. Eliminating these bad habits from your daily life will help your skin stay clear and your keep your body healthy.
Even if you do struggle with acne, do not let it define you. Don’t let yourself be held back by the condition of your skin. Work on accepting your acne mentally, while also working on treating it physically. You are beautiful with and without acne.
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