What Causes Acne? How to prevent Acne?
Got a big presentation today? Or a big date you’ve been looking forward to? You might be excited until you look in the mirror and see blemishes all over your complexion. Acne strikes again, and now you’re left scrambling to cover it up.
You’ll wind up with acne when your pores get blocked up with an array of irritants. Excess sebum (that oil your skin naturally produces to keep itself soft and supple), dead skin, bacteria, dirt, and pollution all jam up in there.
In your pores, they each open up to a follicle which has hair and an oil gland. When the gland releases that sebum, it moves up the hair, out of the pore, and onto your skin. Ideally, this should be enough to keep skin looking healthy. However, when acne strikes, it could be due to a few reasons.
If your follicles are overproducing that oil, dead skin gets lodged into your pores, or there’s bacteria in there, the result will be a pimple that might seem like it’s the size of Jupiter.
Whatever you do, DON’T pick at pimples! You can make them worse by spreading the bacteria around your face, leading to more zits popping up on your face. Additionally, scratching at them will only lead to scarring which may never fade away.
Your best bet with acne is to try to prevent it in your skincare routine. The best skin care products can help you achieve a clear complexion and make your acne breakouts a thing of the past.
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Fortunately, you can get your complexion free and clear of acne. The best way is through taking care of your skin.
A face cleanser is the first step in your skincare ritual, morning and night. It clears away the gunk in your pores and helps refresh your skin. Using something that is oil-free is best, for you want your skin to balance with that sebum rather than overproduce it. One excellent choice for you is the Sweet Treat Citrus Face Cleanser which uses grapefruit extract to help cleanse skin without drying it out. It also has anti-ageing benefits, perfect if you’ve been breaking out beyond your teen years.
A face toner that balances your skin’s pH can be helpful in preventing minor breakouts and blemishes. Choose a face toner that is mild and gentle, something that doesn’t contain alcohol or harsh chemicals. Something with salicylic acid might be able to help keep blemishes at bay.
After a long day or a wild night, you may not feel like doing anything else before you crawl into bed for some sleep. However, if you leave makeup on when you go to bed, you’re only making acne worse. Plus, you can make those visible signs of ageing come on earlier. Make it a habit that you never go to sleep with any makeup on. Use something gentle to remove it and do so without rubbing and tearing at your skin to prevent causing wrinkles.
It’s great that you hit the gym so often! That will help your skin really glow, not to mention keep you healthy for years to come. But if you’ve been noticing more breakouts lately, it’s because all that sweat is bringing bacteria into your pores. It’s a simple fix though…just start making sure you cleanse your face or hop in the shower afterward to keep your skin clear!
Yes, you really need a face serum. No, it’s not just another moisturiser. Serums have smaller and more potent molecules designed to get deep into skin where it needs the most help. One that has retinol is an excellent choice because it will help you keep your sebum production in check. Even better, if it has vitamins C and E in it, you’ll have everything you need to help your skin look fresh and glowing. A great one to try is the Vitamin ACE Serum!
The oils from your hair can also bring on breakouts. If you notice pimples around your hairline, try keeping your hair tied back and out of your face. Additionally, consider what you’re using on your hair that could be irritating to your skin.
Yup, stress is something that can cause acne to announce itself all over your face. Sometimes, life comes at us hard, and we’ve got zero control of the unpleasantness that comes our way, or so we think. How we react is within our own control, so when life gets tough, you need to get tougher. Take out your frustrations in your workouts. Try yoga or meditation. Write in a journal. Go for a walk and a coffee with a friend. By taking the time to relax, your skin will thank you!
While there is some speculation about certain foods causing acne, chocolate is not one of them. Some dairy products may make you breakout more (not cheese though) though if you don’t notice a correlation, it should be fine. Aim to get more omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, reduce processed meats and refined carbs, and eat more wholesome foods overall. And don’t forget to drink enough water!
Now that you know what you can do to prevent acne, you’ll be on your way to clearer skin. For the products that can help you achieve skin greatness, JJO Beauty has what you need!