8 steps to prevent acne

By Medically reviewed by Hello Doktor Medical Panel

Acne is considered the most common skin condition of all time. Everyone have pimples at least once in a while. Although acne is not life-threatening, it can leave scars that are hard to remove. When it comes to acnes, prevention is much better than cure. Here are 8 steps you can take to keep acne away from your skin:

Wash your face twice a day

Keeping your skin clean is the best way to prevent acnes since they are the result of build-up dead skin cells, sebum and dirt. However, remember to use a mild cleanser to avoid stripping your skin of its natural oil.

Use a moisturizer

Most acne topical treatments tend to dry your skin. To prevent dryness and peeling, you will need a moisturizer with a non-comedogenic label.

Limit your use of makeup

If you have a special occasion when you have to wear makeup, use oil-free products only and never forget to wash it off as soon as you get home.

Be careful of hair products

What you use on your hair can travel to the skin on your face, causing clogged pores and irritation. It is advisable to change to a gentle shampoo and conditioner.

Stop picking at your skin

Touching your face constantly will spread bacteria from your acnes to uninfected areas, resulting in more acnes and inflammation. It may be tempting to check your acnes out, but only do it occasionally with clean hands.

Avoid sun exposure

The UV rays in sunlight can irritate your acnes, making it more likely to leave dark spots behind. Whenever you go out, wear longsleeved shirt and pants. Apply a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF 20 minutes before you leave your house.

Mind your diet

Studies have shown an association between dairy products and hormonal acnes. If your acnes are caused by hormone unbalance, you may need to stop eating dairy products. It is also good to add vegetables and fruits to your daily meals.

Exercise regularly

Staying physically active will benefit your whole health, including your skin condition. However, remember to wash your face and bath immediately after exercising.

Carrying out these small steps everyday will keep you safe from acnes. It is neither costly nor difficult, but you have to commit to it. Eventually, your skin will thank you for your commitment.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnose or treatment.

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Review Date: September 28, 2016 | Last Modified: December 6, 2019

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