Acne Prevention Tips

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Acne can be caused by many different factors, depending upon the type of acne. However, one of the main factor is genetics. There is plenty of misinformation surrounding acne, and many myths have developed, such avoiding chocolate to keep your skin clear. While most dermatologists will debunk many of the more far-fetched myths, many people really just want the facts about the best ways to actually prevent acne. Here are some tips from your St. Louis cosmetic dermatology expert that can help alleviate possible acne breakouts.

Keep Your Skin Clean

Wash your face and any possible acne areas, such as the back, twice daily to remove impurities, dead skin cells, and oils that can clog pores and cause acne breakouts. When washing, avoid scrubbing; rather, wash gently with your hands or a soft cloth. Use fresh towels each time, as dirty towels can spread bacteria.

Moisturizing is Important

Many acne medications and creams make dry the skin, so use a moisturizer to eliminate or minimize skin peeling and dryness.

Keep Your Hands Away

Avoid touching your face or any other area affected by acne. Touching these areas can spread the bacteria and inflammation. And don’t pick or pop the pimples; this can lead to scarring and further infections.

Eat for Healthy Skin

While it’s true that chocolate won’t cause pimples or acne, it just makes sense to avoid greasy food or junk food. A diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is far better for your skin.

Exercise Can Help

Regular exercise is great for your entire body, including the skin. When exercising, avoid clothing, exercise, or equipment that may irritate your skin. And of course, shower or bath right after exercising.

Avoid Irritants

If you are experiencing a breakout, it’s advised to avoid wearing a lot of makeup. If you do wear makeup, make sure to wash it completely off at the end of the day, and if you can, choose makeup that free of oils and harsh chemicals—the milder the better! Some makeups carry the label “noncomedogenic,” which means they should not cause acne.

Finally, be aware of what you put on your hair. Try to avoid oils, pomades, or gels that may get on your face and block pores or irritate the skin. Also, use gentle shampoos and conditions.

If you are concerned about acne breakouts or acne scarring, please call us at St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center to schedule a consultation with your dermatologist in St. Louis to discuss your treatment options.