If you are fed up of popping painful pimples, it is high time you do something about them. Prevention is the way to go. How do you prevent acne or pimples? Which products or remedies work best?
Pimples and Their Causes:
Pimples are small papules, pustules, skin lesions or skin inflammations and are also known as zits or spots. They are usually found on the face, back, chest and shoulders. The cause of pimples can be:
- Excess sebum secretion
- Bacterial infections due to poor hygiene
- Clogging of pores due to trapped oil, dirt, dust and pollution
- Clogging of pores due to cosmetics and makeup products
- Accumulation of dead skin cells and grime buildup
- Unhealthy lifestyle and dietary habits
- Consumption of junk food
- Not drinking enough water
- Heredity or genes
- Age: Teenagers are more prone to hormonal changes and a cause of acne
How to Avoid Pimples – 21 Effective Methods
The most important thing to remember is prevention is better than cure. These unwanted pimples can be prevented by following some basic skin care regimes.
[ Read: Home Remedies For Pimples/Acne ]
1. Good Lifestyle:
Following a good hygiene routine that includes washing the face regularly to get rid of makeup, dirt, dust and grime is very important to keep pimples at bay. Cleaning the skin helps remove dead skin cells and also frees the skin from contaminants that may aggravate the growth of pimples. Do not forget to apply a toner after cleansing. Avoid popping the pimples and avoid cleansers that destroy skin balance. Check product ingredient labels for salicylic acid, neem, tea tree oil, honey or turmeric as each of these natural ingredients fight pimples. Many brands available in the market like Cetaphil, Neutrogena, Aroma Magic, Clean & Clear and Himalaya have specific cleansing products to target and help pimple-prone skin.
2. Wash Pillow Cover and Towels Regularly:
Dirty pillow covers and dirty towels aid bacterial growth, leading to breakouts. It is very important to wash pillowcases, bed sheets and towels at regular intervals. It is also a good idea to frequently wash all makeup brushes and sponges to minimize the changes of spreading bacteria.
3. Use Non-Comedogenic Makeup and Skin Care Products:
As acne is most commonly caused due to clogged pores, which are perfect for bacteria to grow and flourish, it is important to use non-comedogenic products or products that do not block the pores. Such products allow the skin to breathe and reduce the chances of skin infections, inflammation, irritation and acne. Consider, choosing oil-free and fragrance-free products.
4. Do Not Skip Moisturizing:
Contrary to popular belief, acne-prone skin needs moisturizing and hydration. Not providing the skin with enough moisture, will encourage sebaceous glands to produce more sebum or oil to compensate for moisture and leading to increased chances of acne. Consider choosing a moisturizer, which is oil-free, lightweight, water-based or gel-based and non-comedogenic will hydrate the skin without making it look oily or greasy. A basic beauty regime of cleansing, toning and moisturizing must be followed religiously.
[ Read: Use Olive Oil To Get Rid Of Acne Scars ]
With the hectic lifestyle nowadays, stress levels are high, just 30 minutes of daily exercise is excellent for the health as well as the skin. As daily exercise keeps hormone levels in balance and also releases toxins through sweat, it reduces the chances of pimples. Moreover, the importance of sleep should not be ignored. Take ample rest and ensure you do not over stress yourself.
6. Avoid Touching the Face:
Keep your hands away from the skin. Do not rest the chin or cheeks on your hands or dirty surfaces, as this will cause bacteria to spread. Do not pop, prick or squeeze a pimple that would further spread the infection and cause scarring. Make it a habit to wash your hands with an anti-bacterial soap before touching the facial skin. Moreover, try and keep your hair away from the face.
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