Acne is by far the most embarrassing aspect of being a teenager. For most teens, it can be the bane of their existence. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to prevent major outbreaks. Here are just a few tips that you can use to get those pesky and embarrassing zits under control.
One cause of acne that many people don’t know about is stress. Many teens are stressed about school, friends, and family, and that stress can lead to several side effects, including acne. Keeping stress levels low is important as a teenager and letting yourself unwind each day is the best way to relieve excess stress.
To help keep acne away try to keep your hands away from your face. Our hands stay dirty. When you touch your face you are putting bacteria and dirt on your face which has the potential to clog your skin’s pores. The dirt and bacteria that clogs the pores can lead to pimples.
Most acne medications and even the pimples themselves, can make skin dry and tight. Acne-prone skin needs to be moisturized, you just need to get the proper moisturizers. Avoid anything that has oil or alcohol in them, as these can irritate the already compromised skin. Look for gentle, even natural lotions and creams that are made for acne-prone or very sensitive skin.
Do not waste your money on overly expensive acne-fighting products. Start with something that is inexpensive and sold over-the-counter, at your local drug store. If your acne persists, make an appointment with your regular doctor or dermatologist. There is no point wasting your money on pricier products, before you see if the less expensive ones will work on your skin.
If acne is bothering you, stay away from makeup. Putting makeup products on your face will cause your pores to become clogged. Clogged pores will produce more pimples and blackheads. Water-based makeup is a better option, although wearing nothing on your face is highly recommended if you’re trying to clear up acne.
If you’re having acne problems, make sure you are not scrubbing your face too hard when washing. Since acne is caused by a build up of oils, not dirt and grime, you do not need to scrub your face. Rather, if you scrub your face all you do is irritate the skin and make problems worse.
Taking a high-dose vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) supplement everyday could reduce acne and improve the overall condition of your skin. Some studies suggest that vitamin B5 can regulate hormones and fatty acids. A build up of fatty acids in the body can cause sebum to be excreted through pores on the skin leading to acne, so by taking a supplement that regulates the levels of fatty acids in the body, acne outbreaks should be reduced.
In conclusion, acne can be a real pain. However, by using some of the tips mentioned above, you can be on your way to flawless skin. Besides, being a teen is hard enough, without pimples. It sometimes takes trying a few different things before you discover just what is best for your own particular skin type but hopefully, acne is one less thing for you to obsess over.