Wednesday, August 1, 2012

ACNE: How to Prevent Acne



Acne vulgaris (cystic acne or simply acne) is a common human skin disease, characterized by areas of skin with seborrhea (scaly red skin), comedones (blackheads and whiteheads), papules (pinheads), pustules (pimples), nodules (large papules) and possibly scarring.

Acne can occur in people of all ages, but will most often appear when someone is going through episodes of hormonal fluctuation, which commonly takes place during puberty, menstruation or pregnancy. Acne can be both embarrassing and painful, but can be eliminated using a regular skin care routine that cleanses the skin without irritating it, medicates the skin without causing unnecessary damage, and hydrates the skin to prevent dryness, which can lead to an overproduction of oil.     


1.  Cleansing
Using a chemical-free soap formulated for sensitive skin types, which will clean the skin without irritating it. Wet your face well with water, and lather your hands with a natural, sensitive skin soap. Spread the lather onto your face, smoothing it around the entire affected area. Avoid scrubbing the lather into the skin, which can cause irritation. Rinse off the lather with warm water. Repeat two times per day.


2.  Medication
Using a 2.5% or 5% benzoyl peroxide cream, which will clear acne without causing severe side effects, like peeling or burning on the skin. Squeeze an amount of benzoyl peroxide cream onto your fingers roughly the size of a large pea. Smooth the cream gently onto your face until it has been absorbed completely into the skin. Repeat two times per day.

Benzoyl Peroxide Cream

Use Benzoyl Peroxide

3.  Hydration
Using an oil-free moisturizing lotion, which will moisturize the skin without clogging the pores. Squeeze an amount of oil-free moisturizing lotion onto your fingers roughly the size of a dime. Smooth the lotion gently around the face until it has soaked in. Avoid rubbing the lotion into the skin, which can cause irritation and can aggravate acne. Repeat this step twice a day to prevent acne.

Proactiv- Oil Free Moisture
Neutrogena-Oil Free Moisture

4.  Exfoliation
Exfoliation is extremely important for good skin as it gets rid of dead cells, thus help to prevent Acne. If skin pores get blocked with the dead cells, it traps all the oil and the bacteria  forming a pimple. The process of exfoliation helps  eliminate all the dead cells leaving the skin clean and fresh. Exfoliation helps prevent the outbursts of acne.


5.  Don’t leave on makeup while going to bed
Remember not to sleep with your make up on. This will help your skin breathe also will not block your pores causing damage to your skin.The most essential thing is to treat acne before it’s too late. Early treatments will not only prevent acne scars but also prevent acne outbreaks.

Remove Makeup


Diet For Acne

1. Drink lots of water
Increase your water consumption as water helps to moisturize your skin. Dry skin produces a hormone called androgen. Androgen produces lots of sebum i.e. oil that leads to clogging of pores. And clogged pores mean more acne.

2.  Lower the intake of caffeine
Caffeine has the tendency to dehydrate your skin. And dry skin is more inclined to pimple outbursts. Moreover, caffeine works as a stimulant which  gives rise to androgen that produces sebum.

3. Consume Vitamin C and Zinc
Eat food that has lots of zinc and vitamin c in it. Foods like beans, meat and fruits reinforce and take care of your skin from the acne damage. These foods  help to  improve the healing power of your skin.

4. Consume organic foods
Include organic foods in your diet as there are no added chemicals and preservatives which harm your body and skin immensely. Consume fruits and vegetables which are rich in Vitamin A. Apricots, avocados, guava, cherries, oranges, watermelons, broccoli, carrots, turnip, sweet potatoes, peas, Spinach are all excellent sources of vitamin A.

When troubled from regular acne breakouts stop eating fried fatty foods like butter, cheese, ice cream, pork, sausages, salami, ham and all other red meats.

Simply make switches in your diet, keep a constant eye on whatever you eat, I am sure you will be able to have a healthy looking skin free from acne.


If you notice acne  breakouts on your skin, you can shrink them by using ice cubes. Place two or three cubes of ice in a cloth and hold it touching the affected skin for around 8 to 10 minutes. The cooling effect of the ice will reduce swelling and prevent Acne breakouts.

Use Ice Cubes for Acne

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