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8 Simple Ways to Prevent Acne

Updated on January 30, 2017
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Acne

Acne is one of the annoyance of life. It is most common in teenagers and hits teenage boys the hardest. These inflamed and clogged hair follicles can be painful and ugly, and if bothered can leave a scar. Pimples, whiteheads, blackheads and the likes occur when these follicles get clogged with sweat, dirt, oil, and makeup. With these simple tips and tricks you can prevent acne and scaring.

1. Keep Your Pillowcases Clean!

Change and wash your pillowcases as much as you can. Your face and neck spend a good amount of time on your pillowcases which collect the dirt, oil, sweat, and dead skin that will lead to clogged pores. Without regular washing of your pillow cases and bed sheets, this will lead to you skin remaining in contact for hours each night with acne causing bacteria on both your face and body. I have two large pillows I use and two smaller ones, and for each pillow, I have at least six clean pillow cases in a drawer so I can change them multiple times a week.

My Favorite Store Bought Spot Treatment

Clinique Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel Salicylic Acid Acne Medication 0.5 fl oz
Clinique Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel Salicylic Acid Acne Medication 0.5 fl oz

I have used this gel since I first began to suffer from breakouts in middle school. It is the best one I have found on the market so far and continue to buy it for those really pesky blemishes. It is a little pricey however a little goes a long way and it last forever. You can apply it up to three times a day and it noticeably heals the blemish quickly.

 

Favorite Medicated Lotion on the Market

Clearasil Ultra 5 in 1 Acne Exfoliating Lotion, 3.3 Fluid Ounce
Clearasil Ultra 5 in 1 Acne Exfoliating Lotion, 3.3 Fluid Ounce

By far one of my favorite products to use to prevent breakouts. I have also been using this product for years. You can usually find it at most drugstores and superstores. It is relatively inexpensive and is great for those with dry acne prone skin like myself. After washing my face at night I will massage this into my skin and let it work its magic. It also last a good while.

 

2. Medicate & Exfoliate

This is a vital part of keeping acne prone skin clear! Washing your face with a cleanser or bar soap twice a day is extremely important. Throughout the day, our skin collects an amazing amount of dirt and sweat. If this is left on the skin for a prolonged period of time it will eventual clog the pores and a blemish will occur.

Exfoliating once to three times a week is also very important to keeping the skin clear and free of acne-causing bacteria. Not only does exfoliation remove dead skin cells revealing the glowing fresh skin cells underneath improving the complexion, it also helps to unclog pores before they get out of hand and become a blemish or a blackhead.

A facial mask once or twice a week is also a good idea. These masks will deeply penetrate the skin and help to remove the toxins and irritants from the skin that are often the reason for acne breakouts. If you have a really bad blemish and want it away fast I have found that leaving a clay mask or a little bit of honey on that one spot overnight under a band aid generally works wonders. This will help to dry up the spot and reduce the inflammation and redness of the blemish and increase its healing time.

If you are currently suffering from a bad break-out stay from makeup! I cannot stress this enough. Even foundations that claim they are "medicated" for acne prone skin can and often times will only make the breakouts worse. Havey coverage foundation will not only not allow the skin to breathe but it is also like to irritate already formed blemishes.

Also using spot treatments and medicated lotions is a good idea to further reduce and prevent acne. I tend to stick with DIY organic treatments and a couple of my favorite drug stores products like Clearasil 5-in-1 Moisturizer and an egg yolk mask with a green tea toner it all works well together.

3. Leave it alone

Don’t mess with a pimple or blackhead, this will only increase the time it takes to heal and also makes it much more irrigated, inflamed, and noticeable. I know it is hard to not poke and pop a blackhead or blemish, however, this will most likely cause acne scaring.

Instead to reduce the redness and size of a pimple, dab a small amount of organic honey to it and in a thin cloth wrap an ice cube and hold onto a pimple for three minutes. This will reduce the swelling and redness while also drawing the head to the top.

If the blemish that is driving you crazy and is one of those annoying ones that is deep under the skin that doesn't have risen to the skin or have a head on it yet there is couple things you can do. Facial steamers are the best way to go, however, a washcloth dampened with hot water placed over the problem area will make the head rise fast and bring it to the surface, making it easier to treat.

4. Don't Touch Your Face

Try and keep your hands away from your face as much as possible. This will help prevent transferring more dirt and oil on to your skin and clogging your pores. Shampoo and conditioner can also cause breakouts so if you have long hair try to keep it pulled back from your face, and don’t let styling products touch your skin.

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5.Spot Treatments

Because I am a big believe in DIY organic beauty treatments I couldn’t write this without giving you guys a few tips and a recipe or two for acne. First I’m going to give you two at home spot treatments. Do not apply these to open pimples unless you want it to hurt! At night cut a piece of potato and apply it to the blemish with a band aid, and remove in the morning. The second one is a little stranger, cut a clove of garlic in half and dab it to the blemishes. Garlic is a natural antibacterial that will kill the germs and bacteria causing the pimple. Do it once to twice a day.

Other Organic Tricks

Lemon
Yogurt
Lemon juice exfoliates and brightens, shrinking pores and evening complexion.
Exfoliates, moisturizes, and sooths imfalmation.
Before bed dip a q-tip in lemon juice and apply to blemish.
Apply a thin layer ofchilled yogurt to the entire face. With a warm wash cloth wipe off after 5-10 minutes.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is one of the best organic products you can use on your face. It balances the pH level in the skin preventing breakouts and evening complexion. It gently exfoliates the skin while as well. This will help keep pores clear and prevent future acne from happening. It is also a great a natural antibacterial. At night before bed take a cotton pad and apply a little apple cider vinegar, gently wipe over your face. This will cleanse and even your complexion and have you looking great in the morning.

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7. Honey

Because honey is a natural antibacterial and opens your pores, it is great to prevent and reduce acne and unclog pores. It also has loads of antioxidants that is great for slowing down aging and preventing winkles. It helps your complexion by soothing and moisturizing the skin reducing redness and creating a lovely glow.

8. Get Plenty of Sleep

Sleep deprivation can cause acne. This is because when we don’t get an adequate amount of sleep our bodies begin to feel stressed and over worked. Make sure to get at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep a night to keep your skin happy and glowing.

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