Most teens get the type of acne called acne vulgaris, which can appear on your face, neck, shoulders, back and chest. Stopping acne can’t be done over night, but with a long-term approach and mindset, you can prevent it from coming back. Having clear skin is a huge boost to your self-esteem and view of yourself. but you can take steps to avoid and prevent acne. Keep yourself healthy and presentable by removing factors that contribute to acne.
1. Changing your diet from fast food and junk to a diet based around fruits and vegetables will help clear your skin and stop acne. You don’t have to be vegan, but do your best to eat twice as many veggies as you do meat. This keeps lots of toxins and saturated fat out of your body that contribute to acne.
2. If you don’t have access to regular sun exposure or a safe tanning bed, you’ll want to consider supplementing with oral vitamin D. Typically the oral doses are several thousand units a day, ranging from 2-3,000 to as much as 10,000 IU’s per day. But if you chose that route, only do so if you’re monitoring your vitamin D levels with a blood test at regular intervals.
3. Cleaning the affected parts of the skin on a daily basis will equally help reduce the overproduction of oil and stop the works of blemish-causing bacteria. Over-scrubbing and over-washing may seem for many sufferers as one of the ways to cure acne. In reality, these actions will actually dry the skin and rid it of its natural properties.
4. Use non-comedogenic moisturizers and makeup. Choose cosmetics that are water-based and hypoallergenic. Avoid oil-based products, coal tar derivatives, and heavy creams. Make sure you wash your skin thoroughly every night to remove makeup residue.
5. Another natural acne treatment technique you should implement is to keep hair off the face completely. When hair comes in contact with the face, it has the ability to create more breakouts. A good practice is to pin your hair back at night while you sleep so it does not touch your face. Keep in mind, hair has its own oils. Some of these oils come from hair products you use and others which occur naturally. Be sure you wash your hair regularly and definitely after exercising.
6. Drinking water is key to keeping your skin hydrated and to stop acne. If your skin and pores are properly hydrated they will have a harder time clogging up and making more acne. Water also flushes toxins out of your body that can end up in your skin. Drink at least a half gallon of water a day. The best way to make sure that you drink enough water is to carry a water bottle with you all day and keep track of how many times you fill it up.
7. Use anti-bacterial products containing benzoyl peroxide by rubbing, twice daily, into the pores over the affected region or washing with a medicated wash. Do not use bar soap(it can clog the pores). Keep in mind that this may cause dryness, local irritation and redness. Warm water cleans your pores very well. So you should fill the sink with warm water, pull your hair back and put your face under water for about 10 seconds.