Acne is a condition that affects many people at some time in their lives whether they are teens or young adults. Sadly, some people continue to be affected even into their forties and fifties. Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to improve the situation and even clear the condition completely.
Keep your face, or other affected area of the body, clean by washing 2 to 3 times a day with a gentle oil free soap (natural if possible). Never scrub, rub or scratch as this can increase the infection on your skin. The good thing about washing is that it removes dirt, oil and dead cells from the skin while opening any clogged pores. Afterwards, wipe off gently with a clean towel.
Keep makeup to a minimum and make sure to clean cosmetic brushes regularly in soapy water. Throw out old makeup because this can harbor bacteria. Leaving makeup products on your skin only contributes to clogging your pores, causing more pimples and blackheads. If you feel you must wear makeup, be sure it is water-based. Never be tempted to go to bed without cleaning your face and removing any makeup - however tired you may be.
Every day, put a clean pillowcase on your pillow and use a clean towel too. Change your sheets or duvet cover as often as possible as your bed linen can absorb the oils from your skin and then reapply them back to your face or your back.
Tie your hair back when you sleep so it does not fall over your face as your hair contains oils too. Wash your hair every day.
Never squeeze or scratch your pimples because this increases the infection and actually spreads any bacteria internally. It can also lead to scarring.
You need to look at your lifestyle and diet as these play an important role. Steer clear of all processed foods, oily and junk food plus sodas and rather go for fresh fruit and vegetables and at least 8 glasses of water per day to completely detox your body. Alcohol in cosmetic products can can strip away the top layer of your skin to produce more oil. Sometimes acne can be a sign of incorrect eating or a lack of sufficient vitamins. It may be necessary to take a vitamin and mineral supplement for a while. Vitamin A deficiency can be another cause of acne so eat those foods that have beta-carotene (Vitamin A) such as carrots - preferably raw. Vitamin A strengthens the protective tissue of the skin and helps reduce sebum production while this powerful antioxidant helps rid your body of toxins. Eat foods rich in zinc because zinc is an antibacterial agent and a necessary element in the oil-producing glands of the skin. A diet low in zinc can actually cause acne breakouts.
Stress can be a big problem in acne, being part of the cause and then perpetuating the condition. Exercising regularly can help reduce stress and it increases blood circulation and oxygen penetration to the skin, which may help to prevent acne.
Shower within half an hour after exercising because your body can generate a lot of heat which is trapped in your skin, making it a breeding place for bacteria and micro organisms that lead to acne.