How to Successfully Prevent Acne Attack

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Acne, the generic term for pimples, blackhead, whitehead or cystic lesions, is a bacterial infection. Our body, through the sebaceous glands, produces oil as natural lubricant for our skin and hair. During puberty or when we are under a lot of stress, these glands work overtime, producing twice the amount of oil or sebum it normally secretes. Oil combined with dead skin cells, which are our bodies’ wastes, clogs our pores. Trapped therein are the oil and dead skin cells which results in irritation, redness or inflammation and more often than not, pus.

Acne is usually found in the face, neck, back and the chest area. It is important for people not to prick or squeeze their pimples for this could lead to further irritation and scars. Commonly used medications are those containing benzoyl peroxide, alpha-hydroxy acids, salicylic acid, and tea tree oil. But people should also be careful about using these chemicals because there are some types of acne which develop or become even more severe because of such medications.

There are ways to help prevent acne although since it is essentially caused by hormonal changes or fluctuations or by genetics, it cannot be totally avoided.

Wash your skin before going to bed or after an activity which caused you to sweat. Use a gentle soap or facial wash. Do not rub your skin excessively. Instead, use a soft cloth to wash off oil and dirt.

Use warm water to open pores but very hot water can worsen acne.

Your hair can irritate your skin. Wash it as often as possible especially if it is oily. Keep it off your face even when you sleep. Avoid using oily products on your hair like pomade, gel or mousse. These products are oil-based which might further irritate your acne.

  • Use water-based scents or colognes instead of heavy perfumes to lessen oils which might aggravate your pimples.
  • Avoid being exposed to sunlight for long periods. If this is unavoidable, use sunscreen to protect your skin.
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water. You can also drink green tea to flush out toxins.
  • Eat fresh fruits especially citrus. Vitamin C helps our skin rejuvenate.
  • Use common medications for acne.
  • Do not drink Vitamin E if you already have oily skin. Natural oil protects our skin but if it is in excess, it creates a plug in our pores.
  • Do not wear tight fitting clothes to let your skin breathe. Moreover, this type of clothes when used as nightshirts will rub against your skin causing further irritation.
  • Relieve stress through exercise or meditation.
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