Acne is a common condition of the skin. It is characterized by the appearance of swollen, red pimples which vary in size. Acne is not a serious disease, however, it affects self-esteem and is damaging to a person’s self-image. In this article, we will explore some science-backed ways to avoid acne breakouts. So read on.
5) Avoid Makeup As Much As You Can
- Anyone who has suffered from acne understands the temptation to cover up red angry breakouts with foundation and concealer. However, doing so can be counterproductive as the layer of makeup can clog pores, spread germs, and trigger more breakouts.
To avoid exacerbating active acne, go au naturel whenever you can. If wearing makeup is essential then opt for foundations with light formulas and non-comedogenic composition. Greasy, heavy, and fragrant foundations should be avoided at all costs.
6) Keep Hands and Hair Off Your Face
- Hands and hair can be carriers of acne-causing bacteria. Our hands touch so many objects throughout the day, they are usually laden with all kinds of germs and impurities. Avoid the temptation to touch your face too often because with every touch you may be transferring bacteria to your face. Wash your hands before applying any makeup or skincare products to your face.
The same goes for hair. Tie back your hair to avoid contact with facial skin. Wash your hair regularly using non-greasy, fragrance-free shampoos and conditioners. An oily hairline can exacerbate acne as the oil can transfer to the skin and cause inflammation. Make sure that no hair products such as conditioners, gels, or hair sprays come in contact with your skin.
7) Limit Sun Exposure
- Sun may up our Vitamin D levels but it sure is not good for our skin. When acne-prone skin is exposed to the sun, the harsh ultraviolet rays can exacerbate redness and inflammation. It also increases the production of melanin and can make acne marks (caused due to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) more prominent.
People with acne-prone skin should avoid unnecessary exposure to the sun, especially during peak hours. A broad-spectrum sunscreen with 6% zinc oxide and SPF 30 or above is your best bet against the damaging rays of the sun. Look for a sunscreen with non-comedogenic formula and apply it 20 minutes before getting out in the sun.
8) Manage Stress
When we experience stress, our body produces cortisol, which is the primary stress hormone. This hormone increases inflammation in the body and makes the breakouts even worse. While stress is an inevitable part of life, it can be managed by doing the following:
- Engaging in relaxing hobbies such as hiking, book reading, etc
9) Use Prescription Strength Treatments for Serious and Recurrent Breakouts
As mentioned earlier, OTC products are effective for mild acne which occurs sparingly. However, if OTC products don’t work, then the next line of action is prescription-strength products for the treatment of serious acne. The following treatments are effective in combating recurrent breakouts:
- Application of topical retinoids for chemical exfoliation and to prevent clogging of pores
- Administration of oral contraceptives or pills with antiandrogen substances. These pills regulate sebum production.
- Administration of oral isotretinoin (Accutane). It is a high-strength retinoid that prevents pores from clogging, manages sebum production and inflammation.
Prescription-strength treatments should only be taken after consulting a dermatologist.
Prescription-strength can have certain negative impacts. A better way to manage acne and get rid of acne marks is by using chemical peels. These peels remove the top layer of the skin and result in less congested, more youthful skin. For more information on acne treatments, contact Missoula Wellness and Medispa. We are located in Missoula, MT. Call us at 406-549-6600.