5 Ways to Prevent Acne
Being in the food industry as long as I can remember, I have met people with different preferences when it comes to food. While some people are not very strict on their diet, there are also those who avoid certain foods for health or other reasons. Among women, aside from weight concerns, another reason why many of them avoid certain foods is to prevent skin problems, particularly acne. In fact, I personally know of some people who avoid oily foods because they believe these foods may cause acne breakouts.
Acne, especially the more serious types such as nodular acne, causes skin blemishes and scarring which can be very unsightly if they develop in your face or other prominent parts in the body. Anybody can have acne. But there are also simple ways on how it can be prevented.
- Wash your face twice daily.
Washing your face can help remove any impurities in the skin including dirt, extra oil and dead skin cells which can clogged pores and eventually result in the formation of acne. Washing should not be done more than twice as it can also remove the natural moisture in the skin. When washing, it is best recommended to use a mild soap and warm water. Gently wash the skin with your hands and pat it dry with a clean towel.
- Moisturize your skin.
Dry skin makes the skin more sensitive to acne. That is why it is important to moisturize your skin daily using a moisturizing product appropriate for your skin type.
- Watch out for the beauty products you use.
Oil-based make-ups can clog up the pores, causing acne. If you have to use make-up, use one that is labeled as noncomedogenic and apply it sparingly. It is also important to completely remove your make-up before sleeping.
Aside from make-up, be aware also on what you apply in your hair as it may cause scalp acne. Oil-based hair products including pomades and gels may cause the same effect as oil-based make-ups.
- Minimize exposure to direct sunlight.
Ultraviolet radiation of the sun makes the skin prone to sunburn, inflammation, redness and even acne. The sun’s rays are at their peak from 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon so avoid going out during those times unless you have protective clothing or have applied sunscreen protection on your skin.
- Maintain a healthy diet.
Greasy foods such as fried foods and junk foods can make your skin more prone to acne formation. Avoid these foods and instead maintain a healthy diet by eating more fruits and vegetables.
Most importantly, when you start developing acne, it would be good to visit your dermatologist for advice on how to prevent further acne growth. Early treatment of existing acne through topical products, salicylic acid peel and other forms of treatment can help manage this condition and prevent it from becoming worse.
With these simple tips, you should be able to reduce your risk of acne formation.