In this modern living, the most effective treatments for acne are often associated with the advanced medical technologies that can provide result at short time. These may include topical treatments, the use of antibiotics, isotretinoin, laser treatment, and even a kind of skin surgery. However, we all agree that the most effective option is the prevention.
Once your acne flares up, there is a chance for this problem to create scars on the skin. And unfortunately, not all scares are always easy to be treated. Therefore, again it’s much better to prevent acne than treat it. And talking about ways on how to prevent acne, some lifestyle changes can be very helpful and even also can help promote healthier skin in long term.
Unfortunately, not all people know exactly the options that they should take and follow to treat, improve, and prevent their breakouts. Even they do the wrong steps that can worsen the problem. The following are some of these mistakes.
You need to clearly understand that your skin need time to respond the treatment – though the acne itself can form on fast!
Most products of acne treatment are designed to heal the problem about 2-6 weeks – so there is no an instant result. In general, most dermatologists advise to give a specific product about 1 month. After this period but you still don’t notice any improvement, you may need to consider another product.
Moreover, avoid trying too many different products at once! In fact, some people are more likely to try a lot of products at once when they don’t get what they want in the first few days of the treatment.
This is very harmful since there are some products that cannot work together with others at short time. This can lead to the increased risk of irritation and even also can be potential to worsen the lesions of acne.
In general, your first choice of the treatment for acne is very crucial. Products labeled with ‘for acne-prone skin’ or non-comedogenic’ are commonly safe and recommended. If you are still in-doubt about a kind of treatment /product you should choose – consult more with a doctor to get your best option.
Then … what are products you need to avoid? The answer may vary from person to person, depending on the type of the skin.
But in general, alcohol-based products, harsh cleansers, or alkaline bar soap are often not recommended. These kinds of products don’t work effectively – instead, they may worsen the problem of your acne.
Furthermore, read carefully the ingredients of cosmetic products, moisturizers, and sunscreen. Make sure they don’t contain any ingredients that can contribute to clog your pores such as oil, isocetyl stearate, C & C red dyes, cocoa butter, isopropyl isostearate, isopropyl palmitate, decyl oleate, isopropyl myristate, and myristle myristate.
Picking at pimples on your own doesn’t help. Though it may help break the pimples but there is a chance for this option to increase your risk of scarring. In general, this option is bad and even can prolong the healing time because it can lead to the infected material to get pushed into the skin which then can be potential to cause more redness and swelling.
We all agree that it’s important to keep our skin clean. But over-washing or over-scrubbing can be counterproductive, because this can affect the natural protective barrier of your skin and cause irritation.
You tend to become easier to have acne if your skin’s natural barrier doesn’t work properly. And you need to know that acne is not only about dirt. If dirt is the single cause behind acne, your feet should be the most common prone-acne skin.
As mentioned before, one of the safe and effective options to treat acne is by consulting with your doctor. Your doctor can prescribe medication that meet to your skin needs so thus it will work best.
However, it’s also important to follow all instructions properly as prescribed. Otherwise (if you use the medication improperly such as either over or under using), this may not work optimal or on the other hand may also worsen the problem.
Furthermore, you need to use the prescribed medication entirely as prescribed. Some people tend to stop using their prescribed medication once they know that their acne has cleared up. This should be avoided if you seriously want to keep your skin blemish-free in long term.
There are a lot of healthy habits that you can adopt to promote healthier skin and lower your chance of developing acne.
Touching your face with your hands too often can be a simple way for dirt or maybe germ to attach on the skin of your face.
Furthermore, don’t forget to watch and minimize anything that touches your face! For instance, if possible – it’s much better using a handset instead of resting a cell phone on your face. Additionally, tight clothing also should be avoided because it can trap dirt and make you sweat a lot which then can increase your chance of having acne on your skin!
Coffee is high in caffeine, and did you know that caffeine can be dehydrating? Almost all dehydrating beverages are bad for your skin, because they can make your skin dry out. But on the other hand, when caffeine applied topically on the skin, this option may help improve the health of the skin.
It’s clear that there a lot of parts of your body that can be affected by cigarette smoking, including your skin. Though the role of cigarette smoking in triggering acne is still debatable, but it’s clear this bad habit can increase your risk of having more dry skin and premature wrinkles.
Smoking can cause more breakdown of collagen (less collagen means the greater risk of having more wrinkles) because it can affect the blood flow to your skin.
Some studies found that stress has contribution to trigger acne flare-ups. For in-depth information about this issue, visit this section!
Getting plenty of sleep at night (about 7-8 hours at night) is not only important to keep your skin on its best shape but also very important for your overall health. During sleep, cells of your skin can regenerate optimally.
For better result, (if you don’t have any back pain problem) sleep on your back at night is the best recommendation to reduce the chance of developing acne on your face.
It’s undeniable that exercise can provide a lot of health advantages for all parts of your body, including to your skin. Getting plenty of physical activity and sweating during workouts can help remove toxins from the skin and also improve the circulation of your skin.
During exercise, you can bring more oxygen into the skin which then can help decrease the chance of having clogged pores (the starting point for acne to form – see also how fast acne forms in here).