Acne isn’t just the bane of every teenager’s existence, it can also affect adult skin and be just as annoying. Acne is the result of an overproduction of oil in the glands in your pores that irritates your hair follicles and causes a buildup of bacteria, causing in pim-ples and blackheads. But whatever your age, there are things you can do to keep you skin clean, clear, and healthy.
5 Ask your doctor for a prescription
If you’re acne is really bad, you might want to check with your doctor or dermatologist to see if a prescription like Accutane, Retin-A, or birth control pills might be able to help. Some prescriptions work by slowing oil production, while others promote skin regeneration, and birth control will help regulate hormones.
4 Keep your skin clean
The most important thing you can do on a twice-daily basis to keep you skin clear is to wash your face. Every morning when you wake up and every evening before going to bed, use a gentle cleanser all over you face. You may also want to use an astringent and oil-free moisturizer. And try not to touch your face! Your hands are dirty and oily, so touching your face or picking your zits will only complicate your skin issues. If your skin is extra oily, try oil blotting sheets.
3 Use oil-free makeup
It’s natural to want to cover up acne and even your skin tone with makeup, but it’s best to choose foundation, concealer, and powder marked oil-free or noncomedogenic. This way you makeup won’t clog your pores and add to the oil and dirt buildup, just make sure you wash all your makeup off every night. Also, you’ll want to get oil-free sunscreen specially made for the sensitive skin on your face.
2 Reduce your stress levels.
One of the triggers of acne is stress. Stress raises cortisol levels, which leads to more oiliness and clogged pores. Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Try yoga, meditation, or running—anything that takes you out of a stressful situation and gives you time to breath and focus.
1 Select the best active ingredients
When looking for cleansers and acne treatment, choose one with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Benzoyl peroxide works by killing the bacteria that clog pores, while salicylic acid causes skin to shed the outermost layer, removing any dirt along with it. You’ll want both a daily mild cleanser and spot treatment that you can apply as needed.
Follow this plan of attack consistently for best results and soon your skin will start look-ing clearer and healthier. Keep it clean on a daily basis, stay as stress-free as possible, and be armed with a spot treater for those unexpected pimples. Remember that nearly everyone will have to deal with acne and pimples at some point in their lives, so you’re not alone. Just don’t let it get you down!