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Why Acne is Not Fun

August 22, 2016 by Phil Nataghi

You have spent your entire life listening to people tell you that you need to wash your face. If you are anything like the rest of us, washing your face is not the most enjoyable activity and making time to do it every day feels like a hassle. When all you want to do is go to sleep, washing your face is a huge pain in the…you know what–even if you can still remember your puberty years like they just finished happening. The problem is that, in order to keep your pores free of dirt, bacteria and other debris, you need to wash your face regularly. Do you still want to be prone to breakouts in your thirties and onward? Here are a few hints to help you keep your skin healthy.

Finding the right cleanser is your first line of defense against acne. When you are shopping for your cleanser you need to use a variety of criteria; don’t choose a cleanser simply because it is not oil based. Does the cleanser contain salicylic acid? People who have to deal with really bad acne will use the salicylic acid content as their primary search criteria. In a “normal” cleanser the salicylic acid is only strong enough to kill basic bacteria and to clean your pores out. Unfortunately, as you get older, your skin will become more sensitive and using salicylic acid cleansers regularly will be bad so you should save them for spot treatments later on.

Try not to touch your face. The majority of the population doesn’t realize just how much time they spend touching their faces every day. It is partly all of this touching that helps to clog our pores and cause breakouts. Think about it for a minute. Every time you touch something and then touch your face you are transporting some of that item into your facial pores. Your hands always have a thin layer of oil on them and when you rest your face in your hands, you are transferring that oil into your pores. This is partly what makes it so easy for you to catch the flu: you pick up something that has been touched by someone who is sick and then later brush something off of your face and transfer the germs right onto your face where they have easy access to your nose, eyes, mouth, ears and pores: all places to infect with the flu! So keep your hands off of your face.

If you find that you can’t help but touch your face, make sure that your hands are always clean! This means that you should wash your hands often.

Reduce your stress! Did you know that stress can have a direct impact on your acne issues? It is important to take some time for yourself every day to lower your stress. Teach yourself some simple calming exercises that you can use when your stress level starts to climb. A change in lifestyle might be worth exploring if your daily life is filled to the brim with extremely stressful situations. In addition to being happier and better balanced, your acne might go away as well! Sometimes the best thing you can do to treat your acne is to go back to basics: keep your face clean and keep your hands away from breakouts.

There will be times when you want something a little stronger to combat a breakout. You should be happy to know that while acne does not discriminate against age, neither do acne fighting agents-you should be able to find something to cure your breakout no matter what your number is.