- Keep your face clean. It’s important to wash your face twice a day to remove dirt, oil, and dead skin cells. Wash with warm water and a mild facial cleanser. Never scrub your face harshly using a washcloth, exfoliating glove or loofah. Rinse well then dry with a clean towel.
- Moisturize. Some products that you’re using might contain ingredients that dry the skin. Moisturizer will come in handy to avoid dryness and skin peeling. Products that have a "noncomedogenic" label on it means that it is safe to use. Moisturizers is suitable for oily, dry, or combination skin.
- Try an over-the-counter acne product. You can get your insta-fix even without your doctor’s consent. These acne products don't need a prescription. Adjust the amount you use if needed as it may dry your skin and peeling might occur.
- Use makeup sparingly. If you do have a breakout, don’t wear foundation, powder, or blush. Wash off makeup at the end of the day if you really need to wear makeup. Choose oil-free makeup without added dyes and chemicals.
- Watch what you put on your hair. Your hair products might be the culprit why you have pimples. These might get in your face and clog your pores. To avoid this, always pull your hair from your face. Also, wash your hair often with gentle shampoo and conditioner.
- Keep your hands off your face. Touching your face and propping your cheek or chin on your hands would just spread bacteria to your face. Don’t pick or pop pimples using your fingers as it will just cause an infection and scarring.
- Stay out of the sun. Being out under the sun is also a big no-no as the sun’s ultraviolet rays can increase inflammation and redness. Wear protective clothing when going out especially between 10 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. Apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher at least 20 minutes before sun exposure.
- Feed your skin. Don’t fret if you’re a chocoholic because experts say that they don’t cause pimples. Increase your leafy vegetables and fruits intake. Foods to avoid are greasy foods, dairy products, high sugar foods.
- Exercise daily. Include exercise in your daily activity as it good for your body and skin. Avoid wearing clothes or using exercise equipment that rubs your skin as it may cause irritation. Shower right after exercise.
- Chill! Learn how to take a break. Stress might be the reason why you’re getting acne.
Don’t hesitate to check with your dermatologist to see if you need additional treatment to stop acne.
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