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How to Avoid Pimples & Acne

How to Avoid Pimples & Acne How to Avoid Pimples & Acne How to Avoid Pimples & Acne

Overview

Acne (acne vulgaris, or common acne) is a problem that affects people of all ages and can be caused not only by puberty but also by hormonal changes and certain medications. Acne can take different forms, including congested pores, blackheads or whiteheads, pimples (also known as zits) and boils. While treatment changes depending on the type of acne you have, prevention methods are basically the same.

Step 1

Wash your face once a day using warm water. If possible, fill a bowl and then put your face into the bowl and hold for about 10 seconds. This opens the pores and makes it easier for the dirt to come out, especially if you then clean your face using a specific acne product. Cleaning once a day is enough, but do it more often if you're sweating, as this increases the accumulation of oils on your skin.

Step 2

Clean your face (and thus your pores) using products that contain benzoyl peroxide by rubbing, twice daily, into the pores over the affected region or washing with a medicated wash. Do not use bar soap; it can clog pores. Keep in mind that using benzoyl peroxide may cause dryness, local irritation and redness. Warm water cleans your pores very well. So you should fill the sink with warm water, pull your hair back and put your face under water for about 10 seconds.

Step 3

Stay away from sources of irritants and oil-producing activities, including touching your face continuously (your hands are a source of sweat and oils) and wearing headbands or having bangs touching your forehead at all times. Also, avoid cosmetics and face creams that are oil based and coal tar based.

Step 4

Make healthier food choices. While there is no conclusive research linking diet and acne, there is enough anecdotal evidence to give it a try. Start by drinking enough water to keep your body hydrated; eight to 10 glasses a day would do. Also, lower your intake of dairy products and instead switch to soy alternatives. Simple carbohydrates and high-glycemic foods such as white bread and sweets may also cause breakouts and are better off avoided or replaced with whole grains.

Step 5

Talk to a dermatologist about medical options to treat acne. Prescription medications containing topical antimicrobials such as azelaic acid or benzoyl peroxide, as well as oral antibiotics and corticosteroid Injections are available to treat acne and pimples, or you could look into dermabrasion (a procedure that sands off the top layer of the skin using an electric medical sander or a laser) to get rid of the redness and scars.

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