Acne Prevention Tips
Even though acne can’t be totally avoided and we might get it at some point in our life, here are the tips that help prevent acne breakouts:
1. Eat Healthier Foods
We already covered this. High glycemic index foods are not an option. So what should we eat? Go for foods that have a low glycemic index:
- Whole wheat bread;
- Oat products;
- Converted rice;
- Sweet potato;
- Lima/butter beans;
- Fruits, except melon and pineapple;
- Non-starchy vegetables.
2. Exercise Daily
Exercise regulates hormone levels, delivers oxygen to skin cells, and carries cellular waste away. So get you daily dose of exercise to prevent acne breakout as much as possible.
3. Find Ways To Deal With Stress
Stress is the culprit for most of the 21st century’s diseases and illnesses. So being able to manage stress nowadays is like finding a cure for aging.
4. Get More Sleep
Every hour of sleep lost increases psychological stress with 14%. And you already know that stress means acne breakout. So make sure you sleep enough, at least 7-8 hours per night should help you fight acne.
5. Hydrate From The Inside Out
Drinking 2 liters of water daily greatly increases blood flow throughout the body and skin during the entire day. If your skin is glowing, acne won’t pop!
Acne breakouts can be treated! It’s not science, it’s just common skin care. If your skin is healthy, you won’t have to deal with acne. Below you can find the best self and medical treatments for acne:
1. Home Remedies
The internet is full of home remedies for acne breakout and picking the best one might give you a headache. We’ve already covered this subject in a previous article, so it might worth checking it out below:
2. Over-The-Counter Topical Treatments
Most over-the-counter products that fight acne breakouts may contain the following active ingredients in different concentrations:
- Resorcinol – works best for whiteheads and blackheads.
- Benzoyl Peroxide – cleans the infected pores.
- Salicylic Acid – treats swelling and inflammation, and it works best for whiteheads and blackheads.
- Sulfur – is a great antibacterial agent that works best for whiteheads and blackheads.
- Retin-A – helps to unplug the blocked pores.
- Azelaic Acid – stops oil eruptions at the base of the hair follicle and reduces the growth of the bacteria in the infected area.
3. Prescription Topical And Oral Treatments
In more severe cases of acne breakout, the dermatologist will prescribe medication such as:
- Oral antibiotic – reduces the growth of the bacteria in the infected area.
- Intralesional corticosteroid injection – treats an inflamed cyst to avoid scarring.
- Isotretinoin – treats a severe cyst.
- Oral contraceptives – treats the acne breakout in some women.
- Topical antimicrobials – reduce the growth of the bacteria in the infected area.
4. Cosmetic Procedures
If prescription treatments didn’t work, there are some cosmetic procedures you can follow to get rid of acne. Here are the main cosmetic procedures for acne treatment:
- Light therapy – kills the acne bacteria by exposing the affected skin to blue and/or red light.
- Heat therapy – similar to light therapy, but the bacteria is killed by exposing it to heat instead of light.
- Steroid injections – mostly used for painful cysts.
- Chemical peel – removes dead skin cells that clog the pores and form whiteheads or blackheads.
- Extraction – mostly applied to cysts, but pay attention that a cyst extraction leaves scars.
Although these cosmetic procedures might look handy, they’re painful too. Or at least some of these methods have side effects such as:
- Too light skin tone;
- Thinner skin;
- Visible blood vessels.
Acne Alert Signs
Always consult with your doctor regarding any health issue you might have. This is the golden rule of prevention.
Now if you’re stubborn and want to try a home remedy to get rid of acne, bear in mind that there are some signs that alerts you to get professional advice. You should see your dermatologist if:
- Over-the-counter and self-care measures haven’t helped after several months of treatment.
- Your acne is getting worse after a few days of treatment.
- Scars develop after acne clears up.
If one of your parents had severe acne and/or scaring you should also seek for dermatologist’s advice. In most of the cases, severe acne breakout is hereditary.
Hopefully, this crash course to understand, prevent and treat acne breakouts will be your guide throughout your journey to clear things out with acne.