What not to do when you have acne

August 03, 2015 3 min read 0 Comments

What not to do when you have acne

 

By Nell S.

 

For over 4 years, I’ve wasted both my time and money on products that all claimed to do wonders. But for 4 years, I’ve only been disappointed, until my sister decided to bring me a gift when visiting. My acne hasn’t gotten better nor worse since last year and I somehow kept my skin under control. She brought me products by Clarins, which were to help cleans my face and keep it clean. I started using them and it didn’t affect me in a negative way. I somehow felt like my face got cleaner and it wasn’t dry anymore.

 

I continued with the routine but even if the products worked on my pimples, those were not the main issue I was struggling with. My previous pimples had left me with scars that I am determined to get rid of. I’ve tried a lot of creams for reducing scars but they were all not working for me. Even tho the products got my skin under control, it didn't really improve it, so I stopped using it. I got more and more frustrated and I was constantly trying to find solutions. 

 

 WHAT SHOULD YOU NOT DO WHEN YOU HAVE ACNE?

 

 1. DON'T PICK YOUR SKIN

 

As inviting as it may be to squeeze that larger-than-life  whitehead on your cheek, don’t. Squeezing pimples may cause bleeding, severe scarring, or infection. It may also increase the clogging of pores, inflammation and making your pimple problem worse.

 

 2. WASHING YOUR FACE TOO OFTEN

 

By using abrasive scrubs, it can harm the skin and irritate it. When vigorously scrubbing, it can aggravate inflammation. Also, over-cleansing can lead to an over-dry face.

 

Don’t wash your face with strong cleansers that dry the skin. Use an  alcohol-free cleanser.

 

HOW TO WASH YOUR FACE:

 

Wet your face with warm water

Apply a mild cleanser in a gentle, circular motion using your fingers

Rinse thoroughly, and pat dry

 

3. DON'T IGNORE TO EXFOLIATE YOUR SKIN

 

It is, of course, important to exfoliate if you want clearer skin because exfoliation keeps your pores clear of gunk and makes the skin softer as well.

 

Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells. An  exfoliant is a product that reduces the amount of dead cell build-up on the skin. It is beneficial for all skin types, but especially so for acne-prone skin.

 

 4. BEING HYDRATED

 

Moisturizers help skin stay hydrated. But there are moisturizers that contain oil, synthetic fragrance, or other ingredients that may irritate skin and cause acne.

 

To help prevent acne, use a  fragrance-free, non-comedogenic moisturizer after you wash your face or when your skin feels dry.

 

If you’re dehydrated, your body may indicate your skin’s oil glands to produce more oil.  Dehydration  also gives your skin dull and dry appearance and promotes inflammation and redness.

 

To keep your body well-hydrated, drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day.

 

 5. EATING TOO MANY CARBOHYDRATES AND SUGARY FOODS

 

 

While carbs definitely have their share in any healthy diet, they are often worth avoiding for those of us with acne concerns. 

 

Studies have shown that consuming refined sugar, salt, and foods high on the glycemic index can increase acne-causing inflammation in the skin, as well as aggravate active acne breakouts. 

 

It’s also very important to separate fact from fiction. Acne isn’t caused by being dirty, contrary to what your mom told you.There are also myths going around having acne, the famous among them all: You need to wait for acne to go away on its own. This is not true because acne can be treated. Acne can change a lot of things, including the way you feel about yourself. It might make you embarrassed, angry or sad. But the most important thing not to do when you have acne is letting it rule your life. You’re a lot more than your skin. 

 

Whatever the pimple prevention plan you choose, patience and consistency are key. A dab of prescription-strength cream may shrink a single pimple overnight, but most treatments take several weeks to produce results. It does not happen overnight.

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