søndag 18. april 2010

Avoid acne, 10 tips

Since I've been struggling with acne since I was 12-13 years old, I've had time to snatch up tips on how to avoid them as much as possible. I look bad now, but it's mostly the red scars that makes my skin look like crap.
You will experience breakouts through your life, and the few amount of people with normal skin can experience the skin changing and get adult acne too.

  1. Do not use harsh products on your skin (toothpaste, rubbing alcohol, mouth wash, exfoliating every day, often use of benzyl preoxide etc). You're most likely going to end up with a very unbalanced and perhaps even sensitive skin over time. The zits might dry up in the beginning, but it won't solve all the underlying problems.
  2. Always read the labels on your moisturisers and check online if any of the ingredients are pore clogging (comedogenic). You can choose products that says "non-comedogenic", but this doesn't mean all the ingredients are good for you. Research is key. Even if you have oily skin, you will benefit from a good moisturiser. High oil production - more pores clogged. Moisture added from a cream - lower oil production - less impurities.
  3. Change your pillowcase every 3 days or so. You sweat during the night and rub off lotions etc, so it's bacteria heaven.
  4. Change you face towel every 3 day as well, for same reasons. Remember to pat dry, if you wipe or rub, the chance of spreading bacteria's from infected areas is very high.
  5. Do not exfoliate when you have mature zits. This will also spread the bacteria if you happen to pop it while scrubbing. But remember to exfoliate once a week to remove dead skin cells. Dead skin cells - clogged pores.
  6. Check with your doctor if you have any allergies or candida. Eating things you're allergic to can show off on your skin, very badly. Eating healthy is important no matter what troubles you have or don't have, but try to avoid white and fast carbohydrates. High amount of sugar can also kick out on a lot of people.
  7. Do not touch your face! Stop picking! You have the power to stop damnit! During the day, you are prone to have more bacteria on your fingers then on your toilet. You wouldn't rub your face against the toilet, would you?
  8. Avoid getting dirty hair in your face. Pin away your bangs when you sleep.
  9. Exercise and fresh air never hurts.
  10. Cleanse and moist the skin twice a day.

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