If you suffer from bad breakouts of acne, you do everything you can to help keep it under control. Acne is caused by overproduction of skin oils which clog the pores, providing a breeding ground for bacteria. The pore becomes infected, and a pimple forms. While some acne is mostly due to genes and body type, there are some things you can do to reduce the development on pimples.
These daily habits, along with the direction and medication you get from your dermatologist, can go a long way in helping you to the path of clear skin.
Use Less Make-up
Make up can increase the production of oils, but it can also clog your pores even more, leading to breakouts. The catch-22 is that many people like to use thick makeup to cover up their acne, but this practice results in more breakouts. Instead, wear make-up as little as possible, and when you do, choose products that are designed not to clog your pores. Wash it off with gentle make-up wipes each evening, and never go days without washing it off.
Your face produces oil for a reason; it helps to keep your skin as healthy as possible. When you have to much, your skin suffers. But when you have too little, your skin will also suffer. Many acne scrubs and medicated washes have acid that dries out your pores and attacks the bacteria infecting them. However, you skin becomes so dry it flakes. To help compensate, your skin produces even more oils to replenish was was lost, and you skin gets oilier, leading you to use more product.
It's therefore important to moisturize your face each day after you wash or apply medicated ointment. Use an oil like jojoba that mimics the natural skin oils of your face.
Clean the Things that Touch Your Face
Are your breakouts worse on your cheeks close to your ear? Or at the place where you put your hand to your head when writing things down? Maybe where your glasses touch your nose? Pressure can make acne worse, and so it's best to try to keep things from putting pressure on your face. Sometimes, like with a cell phone, you can't really help it. You could use a bluetooth earpiece for calls, but you can't always use one. So, be diligent about washing things that touch your face with anti-bacterial wipes.
For more information, contact a local dermatologist.