Most of us have experienced acne at some point in our lives, some worse than others. When puberty hits, acne can be a serious problem for some people. Eventually many grow out of it, but for some it is a life-long battle.
Regardless, it is important to know why some of us are so susceptible to getting zits and how to successfully eliminate them. Below are 4 tips, precautions if you will, on how to protect your skin against getting acne.
Keep Your Hands off of Your Face
Touching your face is possibly the worst thing you can do before, during, and after an acne breakout. The obvious problem is the bacteria your hand holds-no matter how clean you think your hand is. A pimple is an infection, so when you constantly touch those infections, they become infected further from the bacteria on your fingers.
Also, touching your face causes inflammation and will increase oil production. This makes it easier for acne to occur, and harder for the pimple to heal itself. Lastly, if you do get acne, do not pop the pimples. This will cause scarring and could damage the skin if forced.
Clean Workout Equipment!
Whether it be traditional weight lifting, yoga, or pilates, the cleanliness of your equipment is crucial. Dirty gear such as mats, machines, and sweaty clothes can cause breakouts and other infections to occur.
When sweat rubs against your skin, it causes what is referred to as frictional acne. So if you’re reusing equipment, or planning on using gear that isn’t yours, it would be in the best interest of your skin to clean them off before using.
Ease Up On Your Cellphone
Cellphones collect and carry an enormous amount of bacteria throughout the day. Acne can be caused by the amount of bacteria from your ears alone! Add in all of the other things that come in contact with your phone such as your pocket, hands, and tables, and your “clean” cellphone can turn quite ugly.
The big areas where your phone can cause a breakout are your cheeks and chin. A simple tip to avoid these unnecessary pimples is using a few clorox wipes to clean the earpiece and screen. Also, try not to rub your phone on your face so hard as that will cause oil to produce, and pores to clog.
A Quick Rinse Before Sleep
The time when you sleep is a critical time for your skin to repair itself. However, if your face is still covered with makeup, or hasn’t been washed thoroughly, your skin will suffer great consequences.
Before bedtime, be sure to wash your entire face with hot water, then, splash cold water on your skin to close your pores. The catch is, do not dry your face by rubbing your towel on your skin. Instead, pat down your face softly, so that your face will be hydrated throughout the night, and any bacteria on the towel will not be pushed into your pores.