Acne is a very common skin condition.
Acne is typically a treatable skin condition, but everyone wants to know how to prevent acne.
Acne isn’t always preventable, but here are some tips for how you might avoid an acne breakout.
What to do:
- Be consistent with your treatment plan
- Cleanse your face every night
- Wear sunscreen; keep your skin (and your skin’s barrier) protected
- Use quality skincare products with the right ingredients for your skin
- Consult an Esthetician or a Dermatologist based on the grade of acne you’re experiencing
- Wash your hair regularly with clean, non-irritating shampoo and conditioner
- Keep your skin hydrated with a good moisturizer
- Drink the recommended amount of water daily
- Practice self-care and good sleep habits
- Eat a diet full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains (non-allergen containing), and lean proteins.
What to Avoid:
- Too much sun exposure.
- Too much dairy, sugar, gluten or other foods that cause inflammation
- Going to sleep without washing your face
- Using comedogenic makeup and skincare products
- Scrubs. Especially something like St. Ives (which honestly no one should be using anyway). You’re not going to scrub away any more dead skin than what your glorious Glycolic or Azelaic is going to do for you.
- Popping lesions - you can damage the structural walls beneath the skin and spread infectious material. Leave any extractions to your Esthetician or Derm.
- Cleansing your skin with unclean hands
- Benzoyl Peroxide. This ingredient is extremely harsh and often leads to a damaged skin barrier. Opt for spot treatments with salicylic instead.
- Unnecessarily shaving vellus hair or dermaplaning when you have active acne.
- Covering your acne with heavy, pore clogging makeup. It may make you feel better in the moment, but it only makes things worse in the long run.
- Dusty/Allergen heavy environments
- Unnecessarily touching your face
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