Struggling or Know Someone Struggling With Acne? Her Are Some Top 5 Acne Don’ts

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Acne vulgaris (or simply acne) is a long-term skin disease that occurs when hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells and oil from the skin. Acne is characterized by areas of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and greasy skin, and may result in scarring. The resulting appearance can lead to anxiety, reduced self-esteem and, in extreme cases, depression.
Since Acne is a disease of the hair follicles, it can affect the face, chest, and back. Acne affects almost all teenagers during puberty — the only exception being members of a few primitive Neolithic tribes living in isolation. It is not caused by bacteria, although bacteria play a role in its development.
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While most often acne has been found in adolescent skin, many women continue to have problems with acne on into their twenties, thirties, and beyond. Hormonal changes at various times of life can create acne conditions on the skin. It is important to consult a dermatologist for more severe cases of acne. But whether you see a doctor or simply need to take care of your acne yourself, follow some basic guidelines to reduce the severity and spread of acne.
Here Are Top Six Acne Don’ts:
1. Don’t over cleanse.
Don’t wash your face too much. Most people strip their skin by over cleansing their acned areas. Wash it twice a day and no more. While over-cleansing won’t make acne worse, it can cause dryness and inflammation, making your skin feel itchy and tender. When this happens, the body works harder and produces more sebum (oil), clogging pores and causing more acne.
Don’t use exfoliating scrubs too often because they can irritate inflamed skin, causing tiny tears. Instead, use a chemical exfoliant, such as a cleanser with lactic or glycolic acid that doesn’t have those rough scrubbers, but don’t over do it.
2. No touching your face.
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Touching your face, especially with dirty hands and fingers, could cause or further aggravate an acne problem. This also means don’t pick, squeeze, or rub acne. Doing so traumatizes the skin and slows the healing process, adding more breakouts. It could also lead to unwanted acne scars and blemishes.
Simply put: Don’t pick, pop, squeeze, or otherwise mess with your skin. Squeezing blemishes or whiteheads can lead to scarring. And an open wound can get infected—ick!
Also, picking at zits not only can make them worse, but it can also lead to permanent scarring. Instead, cleanse your skin and apply a topical treatment.
3. Don’t consume too many sugary foods or drinks.
Stay away from cakes, cookies, chocolates (I am not saying chocolate causes acne, consuming refined sugars are not good for any type of skin), candies, sodas, and anything that has refined sugar as a main ingredient. Sugar clogs pores, dries out skin, and ages skin. Also food allergies can contribute to acne, as can certain medications, in particular, iodine-containing foods and steroid inhalers.
Did you know that dairy products may aggravate acne?
4. Don’t use comedogenic products.
Skin with acne is already battling an overproduction of oil (sebum), so don’t exacerbate the problem by using certain oil-based products. Watch out for typically oily products such as moisturizers, facial creams, and hair gels. Hair often gets in the face, and hair products definitely affect the skin on the face. However, acne skin can be stripped, leading to dry, oily skin especially in adults. If you have that problem, try to rebalance the epidermis with a product base of good oils like olive, grapeseed, and rosehip, all which help to rebalance the skin’s oil production.
5. Don’t dry out acne in the sun.
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Excessive sun exposure can aggravate acne. UV rays destroy cells and are responsible for skin’s immunology. Chronic sun exposure causes your pores to enlarge because it causes the sebaceous glands, oil-producing glands in your skin, to increase in size.
6. Don’t forget to wash your pillowcase and phone!
Dirt and bacteria can transfer from your phone, pillowcase, and anything else that touches your face and clog your pores. Wash your pillowcase about once a week and clean off your phone with an anti-bacterial wipe every few days.
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