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How to Avoid and Prevent Acne Breakouts and Pimples

Updated on April 29, 2014

Avoid Zits

It is awful to look in the mirror and see that you have developed a new pimple. You have a feeling that everyone will be looking at it instead of looking at you because it is so huge. Acne makes you feel awkward all day, and can possibly lower your self-esteem, and lead to permanent scarring.

Even though teenagers are more prone to acne, babies and adults can also get acne.

There are several ways to treat it, but preventing acne in the first place is cheaper and better for your skin.

Avoid angry pimples with the simple steps in this hub.
Avoid angry pimples with the simple steps in this hub. | Source

Treating Acne

Do not pop the pimples because that could cause scarring.

There are many over-the-counter treatments for acne. Most of them use one of the two main ingredients in acne treatment medicines - benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. They work very well in treating a pimple once it appears. Try a medicine with one ingredient, and if it doesn't work for you, try a medicine with the other ingredient.

If neither of these acne-treatment medicines works for you, you can seek the help of a doctor. They can prescribe medicines with stronger levels of those ingredients. They may also prescribe a low-dose antibiotic to keep your body from reacting strongly to the dirt and oil that clog your pores.

Preventing Acne

Treatment can be expensive, but preventing acne is better for your skin, and is a whole lot cheaper too.

Some prevention steps are pretty easy to implement. Since acne is caused by dirt, perspiration, and oil getting clogged in your pores, keeping those things off your skin is the key. There are several different ways you can keep them away from your skin.


In order to reduce acne and save some money, you can stop wearing makeup and lotion on your face. You have an excuse! Or you can limit makeup use to areas that are not prone to acne, and continue to wear mascara and lipstick.

If you do choose to continue wearing makeup, make sure the label says that it is non-comedogenic. This goes for lotions and sunscreens as well. Non-comedogenic products cause less irritation and are less likely to clog your pores. Do limit the amount of time you wear makeup and be sure to wash your face thoroughly after wearing makeup.

Take Care of Yourself

Acne can also be caused by stress. Take care of yourself by getting enough sleep, drink lots of water, eat right, and exercise. These will help your body cope better with stress. Trying to find the source of your stress, and finding ways to manage the stress will also help. Talking to a counselor, walking outside in a calm park, meditating, or hitting a punching bag are all ways to reduce stress.

Keep Your Skin Clean

You may feel like using the strongest soap you can find, and scrub your face as often as you can is the way to prevent acne, but it is not. Scrubbing and strong soaps will only aggravate your skin, and may even cause more pimples. Simply clean your face twice a day with a gentle soap. Avoid using a washcloth as it can be harsh and damaging. I know it sounds like that being gentle won't work for your acne condition, that your acne needs stronger treatment, but try it. It really works.

To keep oils and dirt off your face, and prevent acne from coming in the first place, follow the additional steps listed in this article.

Use these prevention tips to avoid acne breakouts.
Use these prevention tips to avoid acne breakouts. | Source

Keep Your Hands and Hair Clean

The oil comes from your hands and onto your face. If you keep your hands off your face, you can avoid some acne. But it is almost impossible to keep from touching your face sometime during the day. Keeping your hands clean will help in those circumstances.

Most of the oil on your hands comes from your hair. You run your fingers through your hair, and then touch your face. Keeping your hair clean will stop the chain reaction from the source. Keep your hair clean, your hands won't get as dirty, so less oil will be on your face. Keeping your hair clean will also help prevent pimples that form on your head and on your back.

Keep Your Bedding Clean

Since dirt and oils will settle on your bedding, you want to make sure that you change your bedsheets and pillowcases frequently, about once a week.

If, during the week, you find you are getting more acne, you might consider changing your pillowcases in the middle of the week.

Food and Hormonal Causes

Although research has not found this to be the case, there may be foods that trigger your acne. They don't specifically cause acne, but may make it worse. Oily foods, spicy foods, chocolate and other sugary foods, and acid foods have all been named as culprits. If you notice that you seem to have acne after eating a particular snack or meal, try cutting it out of your diet for a short time to see if you notice a difference.

Hormone fluctuations can also cause acne. If your acne is hormonal, consult your doctor. Sometimes birth control pills help with this, although sometimes they make it worse. Also continue to keep your skin clean, and be assured that it will be over as soon as the hormones shift again.

Another possibility is bacteria. You may want to visit a dermatologist may prescribe a mild antibiotic to help treat your acne, especially if it is all over your body.

Prevent Zits and Acne

Having a big obtrusive pimple can be embarrassing, but a lot of acne can be prevented by keeping your face, hair and bedding clean. Avoiding the triggers that cause acne can go a long way to keep you from getting that pimple, and save money in the process. Usually these prevention tips work best when used in conjunction with an acne treatment program.

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    • Millionaire Tips profile imageAUTHOR

      Shasta Matova 

      9 years ago from USA

      Thanks urmilashukla23. I find it difficult to avoid touching the ache protrusions on my face, even though I know it is not good for me. Now that you've said it that way, I will try to imagine the photo every time I touch a pimple.

    • urmilashukla23 profile image


      9 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Millionaire Tips, thanks for the useful advise and writing this hub. I think that picture is a great reminder, not to touch acne or pimple on your face. Voted up!

    • Millionaire Tips profile imageAUTHOR

      Shasta Matova 

      9 years ago from USA

      Thanks saday for the additional tip. Definitely, we should avoid touching our face as much as possible, and not use our fingers to pop pimples.

    • saday profile image


      9 years ago from India

      Thanks a lot Millionaire Tips for this post. I will suggest all friends that Never Use your finger to remove your pimples from your face. I may also increases the numbers. of pimples. Voted up

    • Millionaire Tips profile imageAUTHOR

      Shasta Matova 

      9 years ago from USA

      Thanks Daughter Of Maat, thank you for your insight. My daughter is in college and I'm still dealing with acne, so I don't have much hope that it will go away. I have tried apricot scrub and it generally clears away acne, but it also causes my remaining pimples to be more painful, so I have switched to a gentler cleanser. I haven't tried vitamin E. I will have to try that.

    • Daughter Of Maat profile image

      Melissa Flagg COA OSC 

      9 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      I have chronic acne. I was always told when I got older the acne would disappear. I was lied to! Every month (yes it's hormonal) I get an outbreak. However, I have found a solution to my acne. I can't prevent it completely, but I have significantly reduced the amount of acne I do get. I use an apricot scrub daily to keep my skin clean and free from dead skin and other debris.

      Here's the big secret: Everyday, usually twice a day, I put vitamin E on my face. NOT vitamin E oil, that just makes it worse. I cut open the soft gelcaps of vitamin E and smear it all over my face. The acne is usually 75% better the next day. I may not be able to get rid of the acne, but at least I can make it heal fast!

    • Millionaire Tips profile imageAUTHOR

      Shasta Matova 

      9 years ago from USA

      Brett, theastrology, calico, I've had almost lifetime of experience with acne, so I've had lots of time to experiment to see what works and what doesn't. Thank you for reading, commenting, and the votes and shares.

    • calico Stark profile image

      calico Stark 

      9 years ago from Earth for the time being

      I loved the photo ha ha! If only our pimples could talk Lol! I thought this was a good hub. Vote up!

    • theastrology profile image


      9 years ago from New Delhi

      hey! very good information to get relief from acne and pimples.

    • Brett.Tesol profile image

      Brett C 

      9 years ago from Asia

      Good advice, especially about not touching your face, as this is the cause of many spots!

      SOCIALLY SHARING and voted up + useful.

    • Millionaire Tips profile imageAUTHOR

      Shasta Matova 

      9 years ago from USA

      Thanks Carli, that is what I was thinking. It does get attention.

    • CarliFrenneman profile image


      9 years ago

      No Millionaire, you should totally keep it. Although it grosses me out to my very core, it's probably the most awesome photo I've ever seen. It makes the reader take a second look, which is always great.

    • Millionaire Tips profile imageAUTHOR

      Shasta Matova 

      9 years ago from USA

      Carli thanks for stopping by and commenting. Do you think I should change the photo? It is a photo trick, it is not a real pimple.

    • CarliFrenneman profile image


      9 years ago

      @lpanfil I totally agree. That photo is horrifying. HORRIFYING. Good info though.

    • Millionaire Tips profile imageAUTHOR

      Shasta Matova 

      9 years ago from USA

      LOL lpanfil. I was having a hard time typing around it too!

    • lpanfil profile image


      9 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      I think that photo is going to give me nightmares.

    • Millionaire Tips profile imageAUTHOR

      Shasta Matova 

      9 years ago from USA

      kikalina, thanks for the vote and comment. It sure is hard to resist picking pimples.

    • kikalina profile image


      9 years ago from Europe

      I think its very important not to give in to the irresistable urge to pick at spots. VOted up! Ty interesting hub.


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