Everyday Tips for Acne Prevention

The Acne Resource Center has everyday tips for acne prevention. Hope it helps.
Acne can tremendously embarrassing for the acne sufferer. It is advisable to maintain the right kind of diet, nutritional balance and proper skin care. Here are some tips that will help you heal your acne:
  • Use an astringent to remove the excess oil.
  • Although moisturizing is not advisable on a daily basis, oil-free moisturizers can be applied if your skin is rough after washing.
  • It is advisable to choose water-based products, rather than products containing oil or petroleum.
  • Apply a honey mask once a week. Honey is regarded as a disinfectant and also it has medicinal properties believed to heal minor blemishes. It has the properties of destroying the bacteria present in the skin.
  • It is advisable to wash your face at least twice a day with sulfur-based soap. Once when you wake up and again when you go to bed. Do not scrub; just give it a smooth touch. Washing your skin over and over again will create more trouble than help you.
  • If you have long hair it is advisable to cut it short. Your hair contains oil and when you move, the dust particles do mix up with your hair and when your hair bangs on your face or neck or forehead or the affected area, the situation could worsen. Also wash your hair on a daily basis.
  • Take a multi-vitamin daily. Your skin needs proper nutrition.
  • It is advisable to take a chromium supplement once a day, as it will heal your pimples quickly.
  • Vitamin A protects the skin and prevents acne. It also helps reduce sebum production.
  • While going to bed make sure to remove your makeup and it is also advisable not to use any kind of cold cream and lotions. If you really want to wear makeup, make sure that it is water-based.
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily. Water helps in cleaning and hydrating the skin and maintaining overall health.
  • Don't pop or squeeze pimples, as it could lead to inflammation and infection. It could also push the infected materials deep into the skin and create more swelling. Squeezing or popping pimples could lead to permanent scars on the face.
  • Alcohol-based lotions and creams are to be avoided completely.
  • Wash or change your pillowcase every day.
  • Zinc is an antibacterial agent. A diet low in zinc can cause acne breakouts. First use warm water to wash the face (to remove dirt) and use cold water to rinse.
  • If you get acne on your body, it is advisable not to wear tight clothes.
  • People with acne should avoid sun exposure and use UVA/UVB sunscreen. Oil-based sunscreen should be avoided.
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables daily.
  • Exercise moderately as it helps in blood circulation and helps eliminate toxins.
  • It is advisable to breathe deeply when you feel stressed. Doctors have found out that there is a direct link between stress and acne. Studies have shown that there is increased amount of androgen production when a person is under stress. Not only mental but physical stress such as allergies, surgery etc could activate the androgen production. When androgen is activated the sebaceous glands pumps out more oil/sebum leading to acne.

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