There is nothing worse than waking up with a sprinkling of pimples on your face or having a last minute breakout just before a big event.
We all know that through maintaining a healthy lifestyle we can reduce the chance of unfortunate breakouts, but let’s face it, we all have to cope with stress, lack of sleep and a sugary treat once in a while.
What causes acne?
There are only a few things worse than acne. Ok, that’s an exaggeration, but for those who suffer with acne it really is a very frustrating and upsetting condition. Acne can leave behind significant psychological (stress, anxiety, depression) and physical (scarring) problems, and can stem from unbalanced hormones, menstruation, emotional stress and diet. Acne can effect self-esteem, mood and relationships, and one study actually links clear skin to a better quality of life.
American Academy of Dermatology says that acne is caused by the over-production of oil which clogs the pores and increases the bacteria on the skin’s surface.
Can your diet cause acne?
There have been studies that link acne to a Western diet, which is typically high in dairy, refined sugars and white carbs such as rice, pasta and white bread. It is especially believed that dairy can play havoc with those who suffer with hormonal acne, as the hormones in dairy can further unbalance hormone levels. A more balanced diet full of colourful fruit and vegetables could improve your skin and reduce the chance of breaking out.
How is acne treated?
To treat mild or severe acne doctors usually prescribe topical medications such as products containing salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, antibiotics and retinoids, but you can also purchase products yourself that aren't as strong but can still aid acne.
Some women with acne will benefit from taking the contraceptive pill, but all women react to birth control pills in different ways, so nothing in guaranteed.
What is the best face cleanser for acne-prone skin?
If you have acne-prone skin the last thing you want it to irritate it. When buying a face wash you don’t need to splash out on a super expensive one, as it only stays on your face for a few minutes a day. Look for one that says ‘mild’, ‘oil-free’ (as acne-prone skin is already too oily) and ‘non-comedogenic’ (non-pore clogging).
See below for the best products to use
What is the right way to wash your face?
Before you wash your face you should take off any makeup with an oil-based cleanser to ensure no makeup is left on the skin. You only need to wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser. Use warm water (not too hot as it may irritate the skin, and not too cold because it won’t clean the skin properly) and generously lather the cleanser in circular motions around the face with your fingers, focussing on the T-zone and the U-zone (jawline). Pat the face dry with a clean towel and apply moisturiser to the face, neck and chest.
Stay out of the sun
Getting a tan when you have spots may seem like a good idea because your spots become less visible when you are sun-kissed, however sun damage from UV rays will darken the marks left from a pimple, and cause hyperpigmentation and discolouration - a long lasting issue.
We’ve rounded up the best products you can buy today that will treat acne-prone skin
Have you heard of face mapping? It's a great way to read your body's health and pin point exactly why you're breaking out. Read: Breakout Break-Down: What Is Causing Your Spots?
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