7 Acne Do’s and Don’ts for Clear Skin
Unless you are uncommonly blessed, you will suffer from acne at some point in your life. While normally at its worst during the teen years, acne can last well into your adult life, depending on your skin type, genetics, how you care for your skin, and lifestyle choices. If you struggle with acne, it is very important that you take care of your skin properly. If you don’t instead of getting better your skin can get worse over time.
Check out the tips below to ensure you are taking proper care of your acne prone skin.
Keep your hair conditioner off your back. Hair conditioner can clog pores, and if it is left to sit on your back while you shave your legs or clean the rest of your body you are risking getting breakouts on your back. Instead of letting your hair full of conditioner sit on your back clip your hair up on top of your head until you are ready to rinse out your conditioner. Also be sure to wash your face at the end of your shower not the beginning. If you wash your face at the beginning of your shower hair products and soaps that shouldn’t be near your face can get on your skin and clog your pores. In order to make sure your skin stays clear wash your face last.
Use a gel cleanser. Gel cleansers are typically made for those with combination to oily skin while cream cleansers are made for normal to dry skin. You don’t need to spend big bucks on a cleanser, either, as there are plenty of drugstore brands worth trying. Neutrogena Deep Clean Cleanser is a great example. Apply a cleanser very gently with just your fingers, and then lather the cleanser by rubbing in small circular motions.
Keep your hands away from your face (except during washing)! Do you know where your hands have been? If you’re a chronic face-toucher, keeping your hands away from your skin will absolutely help improve your skin. Everything you touch has the possibility of having germs and bacteria on it, so DON’T touch your face! This is a tough habit to break, but if you touch your face frequently with unclean hands, you’re only contributing to your acne problem! Also make sure you keep your cellphone clean. Cellphones are covered with bacteria and dirt which is then transferred to our faces when we press our phones to our ear. Wipe your phone with anti-bacterial wipes frequently.
Tip: This goes for bed time, too! If you typically curl your arms under your chin to sleep and see that you have an acne problem in that area, try breaking the habit and sleeping in another position.
Look for products with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. You’re going to need some type of treatment product – be it a toner, a spot treatment or a serum. Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are the most common acne-fighting ingredients, so look for products that have one of these ingredients. Depending on your individual skin type, one may work better than other so try a few out and see how your skin reacts.
Tip: If you have really bad acne that won’t clear up no matter what product you use, or if you have cystic acne, consider seeing a dermatologist for a stronger acne medication instead of trying to get rid of your acne on your own.
Don’t scrub your skin. While it may be tempting to use an exfoliating scrub, steer clear of these types of products since they can irritate your skin. If you have acne you need to exfoliate just not with a scrub. Chemical exfoliators are your best bet, so consider a gentle exfoliating pad like St. Ives Exfoliating Pads.
Practice sun safety (and don’t tan!) The sun can really damage your skin (as can tanning beds). Help your acne heal by avoiding tanning beds and using proper protection when out in the sun. Make sure you wear a product with SPF in it every day. It doesn’t matter if it’s sunny or not—wear SPF! Be sure to use at least an SPF of 15, but we like to look for SPF 30 like Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 which won’t cause breakouts. (Reapply every 2 hours at most!) Wear a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses to keep your skin healthy. Remember, the healthier you keep your skin, the better your skin will look.
Don’t pick at your skin. Popping those pimples is very tempting; however, in the long run you are just damaging your skin. Avoid picking at any white or blackheads that appear on your skin. When you don’t pick at your breakouts they will heal faster and will leave less of a mark behind.