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How to Prevent Acne

We all know the famous saying ‘Prevention is better than cure’. This is true of acne as well. There are many ways you can prevent acne from forming on your body. Acne is a very common skin disease and as such, it is quite difficult to avoid getting it. So, instead of always looking for ways to treat the acne you already have, try to follow these tips for avoiding future acne as well.

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Healthy Balanced Diet

An unhealthy diet can cause excessive acne growth. Healthy dieting habits not only reduce your chances of getting acne but are also good for your skin in general. We recommend following a low GI carbohydrate diet, including foods such as whole grains, beans, and lentils. You should also avoid sugar laden foods and drinks, such as cakes, dairy products, soft drinks, and beer. As long as you stick mainly to your basic proteins and vegetables, this will reduce chances of future acne growth.

Do not Touch Your Face

Touching your face spreads bacteria, as well as irritating any acne that is already there. It is important that you avoid touching your face or propping your chin on your hands. Even more importantly, you should never pick or pop your acne as you could cause an infection or scarring. Instead of using your fingers, simply wash your face twice daily to remove dead skin, excess oils, and bacteria. Use warm water and a mild cleansing agent. Using a stronger cleansing agent can irritate your face and increase the spreading rate of your acne. We recommend that you use a clean, soft cloth on your face as opposed to your hands.

Moisturize

This tip is especially important if you live in a dry, low-humidity country. Dry skin tends to cause your acne to break or crack open, spreading bacteria over your face and increasing the likelihood that more acne will grow. Look for a moisturizer that is labelled as ‘noncomedogenic’, which means that it should not cause acne. The best kinds of moisturizers to use are those that prevent dryness and skin peeling. Before choosing a moisturizer, be sure to determine whether your skin is dry, oily, or both. There are available moisturizers worldwide for the three different variations.

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Watch what You are Putting in Your Hair

Typically, whatever you put into your hair ends up on your face. Your hair constantly brushes against your forehead and face, depending on its length. We recommend you avoid any products pertaining to fragrances, oils, pomades, or gels. These products will irritate the pores on your face and both irritate current acne as well as potentially cause more. We recommend washing your hair with a gentle shampoo and conditioner. This will keep your pores from getting irritated and your hair strong at the same time. If you find that your hair gets quite oily, especially if you already have an outbreak of acne, you should wash your hair on a daily basis and keep it off your face as best you can.