How to Prevent Acne Pimples
Acne also known as pimples or zits is a common skin condition that affects millions of Americans each year. Although we typically think of teenagers when we think of a breakout, however, any age group is susceptible to pimples. Further, because pimples are not really "treatable" in an immediate sense, prevention is the key.
Understand what causes acne is the first step in preventing it. The pores of your skin are openings to canals called "follicles." Within each follicle are a hair and a gland that naturally secretes an oily substance called "sebum" which keeps the skin from drying out. Sometimes however, the sebum builds up in your pores and clogs your follicle. When the follicle becomes blocked, a bacterium called Propionibacterium acnes normally lives on your skin gets trapped inside. Your body then reacts by attacking the bacteria with white blood cells which leads to the inflammation and swelling that is visible on the surface as a pimple. Below are some general guidelines for preventing acne pimples.
Wash twice per day and after exercising to keep your pores clear and healthy. Cleaning the affected area through washing helps removes the sebum from your pores and prevents the buildup that leads to clogs and eventually, to pimples.
Find the cleanser that works for you. It is important to try different cleansers since so many factors affect your skin. Additionally, since cleansers can have an abrasive or dehydrating effect on your skin, finding a moisturizer that compliments your cleanser is important.
Look for labels that say "noncomedogenic" or "oil free" since these products typically don't clog your pores when choosing products like makeup or moisturizers.
Be aware that running your hands through your hair can transfer oils from your hair to other parts of your body. Shampooing regularly is therefore very important too since the oils from your hair can contribute to clogs.
Pay attention to the foods you eat. While there is no evidence that diet and acne are related, oily food can contribute to acne if the oils are left on your skin. If you notice that you have a tendency to develop acne after eating particular foods, try washing as soon as possible after eating them.
Don't pop a pimple. Popping a pimple simply spreads the infected tissue and bacteria to neighboring pores and usually just leads to more pimples.
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