Health & Wellbeing
World | Jan 25, 2022

8 tips to help prevent and treat your acne

Ategie Edwards

Ategie Edwards / Our Today

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If one thing is for sure, it is that at some point in our lives, each of us had to undergo the stress of living with acne. Giving one the most unpleasant of appearances, this natural process can sometimes be brought on by an unhealthy lifestyle, thus in its unnatural state, can be prevented or treated.

Here are a few tips on how to get rid of adult acne.

1. Wash Your Face

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Cleansing and treating your skin at least two times per day is the most ideal way to prevent breakouts. This very simple act is very important and, if done consistently, will become habit.

For days that you are too tired to tend to your face, or in emergency situations, ensure you have a pack of wipes by your bed as an alternative to washing your face.

2. Regularly Change Your Towel

You ought to have a separate towel for just your face. Constantly reusing the same towel without wash, will harbour and even introduce new bacteria to your skin.

Using the same towel constantly can be likened to using the same dinner napkin over and over again. Switching or washing your face towel once a week is recommended.

3. Moisturise

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According to Jessica Weiser, MD, from New York Dermatology Group: “If the skin surface is dry and dehydrated, the oil glands tend to overproduce oil and this can make acne worse. Hydrating the skin surface can re-balance oil glands and help control acne and improve healing.”

When shopping for a moisturiser, it is recommended that you purchase a light-weight and oil-based product that will not clog your pores.

4. Diet properly

Vegetables as many of us already know, are ideal for eating to help clear our skin. Along with vegetables, eggs, nuts quinoa and legumes are great go-to foods to clear the skin.

Foods that increase insulin such as processed foods, baked goods, sugary drinks, pasta and rice have been known to cause inflammation and can lead to an acne flare up, therefore it is good to have these foods in moderation or, if you are able to manage, not at all.

5. Water, Water, Water!

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Drinking water can help to alter various parts of the skin. While drinking water may not directly remove the bumps from the face, it contributes to the overall health of the body which, in turn, tends to clear one’s face.

6. Change Your Pillow Cases

Like towels, unwashed sheets can lead to cross contamination. It is important to wash your bedding at least once every week or once every two weeks.

7. Clean Your Phone Screen

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With how much we have come to rely on our phones, and with the numerous locations are phones are placed each day, it is no doubt that our phone screen would be full or germs and hoard bacteria.

Cleaning the screen with alcohol a couples times per day is ideal. It is also recommended to use the speaker option or earphones instead.

8. Hair Care Regime

An abundance of forehead acne may indicate that your hair is due for a wash, or the product is negatively affecting your skin.

Ensure your face is regularly washed and ensure the products such as shampoo and oils do not clog your pores.

Hats and headbands as well are known for contributing to pimples on the face. Of course you can still wear your hat and headband, but remove it regularly to allow the skin to breathe and prevent it from trapping hours worth of makeup, sweat and bacteria buildup.

While these tips may work for some, they may not work for all. If your acne persists, speak with your dermatologist as to the best way forward.


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