Acne is one of those annoyances that can affect your self-esteem and confidence no matter how old you are. Unfortunately, the causes of acne can strike at any age and so it’s not unusual to suffer from the condition as an adult.
There are 5 things you can do to reduce the acne, and it’s effect on you though, and we’re going to share what they are with you today.
1. Keep your face clean
Sounds like common sense, doesn’t it? While it won’t stop you getting acne in the first place which is usually caused by hormonal fluctuations, having dead skin cells and other impurities on your face will make the breakout look and feel worse.
Wash twice a day using warm water and a mild facial cleanser for best results. Don’t opt for very hot water or scrub away at your face which can do more harm than good, treat it gently and moisturise afterwards to keep your skin hydrated.
2. Keep your hands off your face
You touch your face multiple times a day with your hands and probably don’t realise it half the time. Unfortunately, your hands are going to spread bacteria to your facial skin that will irritate the acne. Avoid touching your face and if you absolutely must do so, wash your hands first.
Definitely don’t pop any of those pimples however tempting it may seem. It can not only lead to irritation and more pimples forming but can also cause permanent scarring.
3. Cut down on makeup
You might be tempted to use more makeup to hide your acne from the world and restore your confidence levels, but this might be doing more harm than good. Avoid any foundation, powder or blush that will clog up your pores and leave your face struggling to cope.
Opt for oil-free makeup if you just cannot leave the house without it and make sure you wash it off thoroughly at the end of each day, or better still, as soon as you get home.
4. Try an over the counter product
Before heading to the doctor for a prescription strength remedy and the side effects it can cause, try an over the counter product first. It’s a good idea to talk to the pharmacist first who can guide you in the right direction for a treatment that will work well for your particular cause of acne.
5. Stay out of the sun
The sun is bad news for your facial skin, it dries it out and can actually increase inflammation and redness when you’re suffering from acne. Some prescription medication for acne can make you more sensitive to the sun too, so you burn faster, and its effects are more powerful on your skin.
Limit your time in the sun and always use a high-factor sun cream that’s labelled “noncomedogenic” to prevent it from affecting your acne.