Acne is very common, especially in teenagers – in fact 8 out of 10 teenagers have experienced acne at some point! However many adults also experience acne, which can be particularly debilitating. Here are some top tips to help you manage acne effectively.
1. Avoid dryness and irritation of the skin by cleansing face twice a day maximum. Do not over cleanse or scrub harsly. Use warm water and a mild soap, while washing as gently as you can with a soft cloth or your hands. After, dry with a clean towel.
2. Don’t pick, touch or squeeze your spots. It will cause more inflammation and also increase the likelihood of permanent scarring.
3. Moisturise. This will minimise dryness and keep the skin hydrated. For the optimum outcome apply a fragrance-free, non comedogenic moisturiser after washing your face.
4. Stay hydrated! Drink at least 8-ounce glasses of water every day. Drink more after exercise, if you are pregnant or in a hot environment. Otherwise skin will be prone to inflammation and redness.
5. Use simple over the counter treatments. The most common and effective to look out for contain either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. These can be used as a spot treatment or just to prevent the outbreak.
6. Don’t wear too much make-up. This will clog pores and trigger outbreaks so try to use as little as possible or use non comedogenic and fragrance free products. In addition, use oil-free shampoos, body washes and shaving creams to limit your risk.
7. Don’t stress. Studies have proven that your body produces more oil-stimulating hormones when you are stressed, meaning the likelihood of worsening symptoms. Effective ways to manage stress in your life include and are not limited to: yoga, meditation, massage and aromatherapy.
8. Cut back on junk foods. A recent review has proven that a high glycemic diet is likely to cause acne. By cutting back on glycemic foods such as chips and fizzy drinks you will stand in better stead to avoid an outbreak.