Updated: Mar 14, 2020
ACNE, that dreaded four letter word everyone hates. No matter your age, you may still be experiencing acne. "Why!", you may ask yourself, "Am I experiencing acne!" Well, it's complicated let's say, but it does not mean you are doomed to have acne your whole life.
Here are some of the factors which may cause acne:
-Diet (i.e. sugar, candy, heavy amounts of refined carbohydrates, etc... (You know the drill)
-Hormones (Good luck with this).
-Not washing your face before/after working out, in the morning and before bed. This basically means there is too much dirt (i.e. bacteria) on your face that you haven't washed away which is pretty groose if you think about it.
-Heavy amounts of make-up (i.e. Full coverage foundation) clogging pores and not allowing your skin to breathe.
-Over drying skin.
-Touching your face with your hands
Okay, so we've listed some of the causes, now how do we fix it? We all control our diets and eliminating or decreasing the bad food will help your complexion. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and how it reacts is an indicator of your overall wellness. Drinking 8-8 oz glasses of water a day will also help keep your skin cells moisturized, glowing and healthy.
Hormones are a bit tricky, especially with puberty, monthly menstruation and menopause. It is especially important to take care of your skin when experiencing hormonal changes. You want to wash your face, exfoliate 2-3 times a week and limit heavy make-up.
It is easy to leave work or school and then go work-out whether it be school sports, the gym or yoga. It is vital that you wash your face before engaging in such activities. Don't worry, you can still keep your eye and lip makeup, so you won't feel completely naked. Exercising with makeup on (Especially foundation) will further clog your pores which are so desperately trying to breathe as you sweat.
Over drying your skin is a big, "No No," especially when experiencing acne. It is a common misconception that adding moisture to your skin when experiencing a break out will cause it to worsen. Let me just say that over drying your skin will result in the same misfortune. It is a delicate balance lets just say, but once you figure out the right formula for you, it will work. If you are experiencing a break out, it is best to exfoliate with a face scrub and then wash with a gentle cleanser. Then it is advisable to apply a moisturizing serum to gently moisturize without leaving a greasy feel or allowing your skin to overdry.
It is noteworthy to say you should not incessantly pick at your blemishes which will cause further irritation resulting in a larger blemish than what you started with. If you feel you must pop a pimple, then apply warm moist heat first opening up the pores. Before ridding it of puss, be sure to take the utmost care minimizing pressure as much as possible. Too much pressure may result in scarring and no one wants that.
Lastly, try not to touch your face with your hands whenever possible. Use a sponge applicator when applying foundation/concealer, make-up brushes when possible and a washcloth when washing your face. Our hands touch basically everything and bacteria love to live under our fingernails. It is best to wash your hands often and avoid touching your face directly whenever possible.
I hope these tips help you and that you make it a great day!