How to Stop Acne Before it Starts
Posted on June 01 2017
There’s nothing worse than waking up and looking in the mirror only to see a fresh breakout on your skin. Once those blemishes show up, they’re difficult to get rid of and often leave telltale scars behind. Fighting acne can seem like an uphill battle with no end in sight! No one has perfect skin—that’s the bad news. The good news is that you may have more control over your acne than you actually think. Let’s look at a few simple ways that you can stop acne naturally.
Wash…and wash again!
Are you afraid of over-washing? Don’t be. Especially before and after working out, take the time to cleanse your skin of dirt and excess makeup, as sweat mixed with these impurities clogs pores and creates a breeding ground for blemishes. And of course, it’s important to begin and end your day by gently washing your face. If you’re a gym rat, that means that you’ll likely be washing your face several times each day. That’s ok! Just be sure to use a gentle cleanser free of alcohol or other harsh ingredients. Look for cleansers with natural ingredients that hydrate and nourish your skin while they clean.
Know your skin.
No two skin types are exactly alike. Whether your skin is oily, dry, or a little of both, knowing how to take care of it can make all the difference in keeping blemishes at bay. If your skin is on the shiny side, avoid makeups and skin care products that are oil based, and go for water-based products instead. Dry skin needs hydration, and that doesn’t mean that you have to slather on a ton of moisturizer. Products in your skin care regimen should include ingredients like hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, and glycerin to retain moisture and keep your complexion soft. Combination skin can be tricky to manage, but many products are formulated to address problem areas and give you the best results—look for those and give them a try!
It’s a step we often skip in our skin care routines—exfoliation. Dead skin cells accumulate on the surface of the skin, and if they aren’t removed can leave it looking dull, flaky, and much more prone to blemishes. Brighten your complexion by gently exfoliating each morning. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much smoother your skin will feel! Be sure to follow up with a good moisturizer to rehydrate after exfoliating.
You’ve heard the saying—you are what you eat. What you put in your body can have as great of an impact as what you put on it. It’s a simple formula: if you want healthy skin, eat healthy foods! Replace greasy snacks with fresh fruits and vegetables—their nutrients will keep your skin fresh and vibrant. Love soda? Try replacing it with water for a while and see what it does for your skin. Chances are a soft, dewy, blemish-free complexion will be worth the sacrifice!
Wondering if your skin struggles will ever end? You’re not alone. Your skin may not be perfect, but you don’t have to surrender to acne. Prevention is key—fight those blemishes before they show up and enjoy happy, healthy skin for life!