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How To Prevent Acne

Whilst there is no actual “cure” for acne, there are various steps that you can take to minimize the frequency and severity of acne flare-ups.

Keep your skin clean.

Probably the most obvious step to help prevent acne is to keep the affected area clean. However, don’t over-clean your skin as this can result in your body producing extra oil to compensate! A gentle morning and evening cleansing should be sufficient to remove surface impurities, make-up and stale skin oils.

Many soaps and cleansers can disrupt your skin’s natural acid balance, so look for the most natural products possible, preferably with a Ph value of 5.5 – your skin’s natural Ph level is between 4.5 and 6.

Use a facial toner!

This is something that is often missed out of a cleansing regime – particularly by men. A quality toner will provide a final cleansing of your skin, close your skin’s pores to help prevent moisture loss and bacterial ingress, provide nutrients and help restore the Ph balance of your skin.

Moisurise.

Unlikely though it sounds, a moisturiser should also become part of your regime. This will help protect your skin from environmental damage, provide your skin with nutrients and prevent moisture loss.

Avoid tight-fitting clothing.
Backpacks, hats or anything that could cause friction on the skin can increase the likelihood of an outbreak of acne. This can lead to irritation in areas of your skin that are prone to acne break outs by promoting sweating. They stop the sweat, sebum, and dead skin cells from escaping, leading to the blocked pores infection.
Don’t squeeze pimples or blackheads!

Whilst this may be very tempting – and once you get into it, it’s a hard habit to break – it actually makes matters worse. You can push the bacteria further into the pore, causing deeper inflammation, plus you get to spread the bacteria further around the area.

Avoid stressful situations.

Stress causes your body to produce hormones that affect your skin’s oil production so should be avoided. Unfortunately, in this day and age, that’s easier said than done so taking up meditation, Tai Chi or yoga could provide the answer by allowing you to control the stress in your life.

Watch your diet.

Changing your diet is thought by many to be the best method of preventing acne.

The most important aspect of your diet is water. Drink at least 2 litres a day (preferably filtered) to keep your skin moisturized and to help flush toxins out of your system.

Eat plenty of vegetables (preferably raw), especially brightly coloured ones as these have right sources of anti-oxidants that help in the fight against acne. Try to cut down on red meat, but white meat, poultry and fish are all helpful.

Some people may find that cutting out dairy produce, wheat or gluten can have a significant impact, not only on their acne, but on their general health as well. Keep a food diary that cross-refers to acne flare-ups (and any other health disorder) to see whether you may have a food intolerance or allergy.

Following these simple rules – and adapting them to your own specific needs – can go a long way to help you prevent acne. Whilst none of these tips provide an instant cure, over time they will help you maintain healthy and vibrant skin and go a long way towards preventing acne.

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