Acne, also known as acne vulgaris, is a skin problem that happens due to oil and dead skin cells clogging up our pores. Although anyone can get acne, it is most common during our teenage years. Acne often depends on how well we take care of our skin or products that we use. A couple factors that can contribute to acne are: hormones, stress levels, sleep patterns, refined food consumption, pregnancy, and a lack of exercise.
Germs are everywhere! Although germs do not cause acne, they play a big factor in contributing to them. Do you ever notice how many times we actually touch our face? Between touching door knobs, tying shoelaces, or even being on our phone, we come in contact with millions of germs. Board Certified dermatologist Dr. Ava Shamban says “The oil on your face (sebum) is produced by the sebaceous glands in a pore containing a hair follicle, though the hair itself may be imperceptible to the naked eye.”
Many women like to wear makeup. However, the same products that keep women looking their best could also be clogging their pores. In order to avoid using “acne-prone” makeup, try looking for non-greasy, non-comedogenic, and hypoallergenic based makeup. Also two ingredients to look for in makeup are water and dimethicone.
The big question, how can we prevent getting acne? There isn’t a magic trick to totally prevent acne, but here are some tips you can take to keep it from getting worse.
Tip 1 : Wash and care for your face every day. If you use scrubs in your facial care, try to do it as gently as possible to prevent irritation because depending on your skin type, some skins are more sensitive than others.
Tip 2 : After activities that can cause heavy sweating, make sure to wash your face with water. If you don’t have time to fully wash, you can even just rinse it and finish the facial care later when you have time.
Tip 3 : Hair care is just as important as facial care. Once your hair starts to get really oily make sure you wash it. If your hair is oily, and you don’t have time to wash it, try putting it up in a nice bun away from your face.
Tip 4 : If you play sports and wear chin straps, try to make sure that the straps are not too tight or uncomfortable since the straps could irritate your skin and make your acne worse.
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