Beauty Basics: How to Prevent Acne and Protect Your Skin

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Acne affects so many people that it is the eighth most prevalent disease around the world. What steps can you take to treat or prevent acne?

Acne doesn’t just affect teenagers. It can occur at any age and can cause your self-esteem to take a dip or even prevent you from participating in the kind of life you want.

Learning about the different kinds of acne and what causes it can help you get a grasp on your skin’s health. With our guide, you’ll learn how to prevent acne.

Types of Acne

While we typically think of acne as whiteheads on the skin, there are a few different kinds. There are different methods of prevention and treatment that work on each kind, too.

Blackheads: open pores filled with debris

Whiteheads: closed pores with debris

Nodules: painful bumps under the skin

Cysts: deep pus-filled bumps under the skin

Papules: painful red bumps

Pustules: pus-filled bumps with red irritated skin

Fungal acne: itchy and inflamed hair follicles

You might be prone to one type of acne versus the other types. Let’s look at tips and tricks for preventing acne.

How to Prevent Acne

It’s easier to prevent acne than treat it. The most common causes of acne are genetics and hormones, bacteria, excess oil production in the skin, and oil and dead skin cells clogging the pores.

Diet plays a part in maintaining skin health. Eating a lot of sugars or refined carbs can show up on your skin.

Try to avoid touching your face so that you don’t spread dirt and oil to your pores. Remove excess oil, dirt, and dead skin cells with a gentle face wash.

If you like wearing cosmetics, you don’t have to limit makeup. Just stick to non-comedogenic products that won’t clog your pores.

Hormonal acne can be difficult to prevent but not impossible Gently exfoliate your skin, wear clean clothes and use clean bed sheets, and talk to your doctor about how you can manage this type of acne.

How to Treat Acne

You have to get rid of any acne you have now and then prevent flare ups in the future. Here are some tips and tricks to make sure this is your last batch of skin problems.

Cystic acne can be painful and hard to treat. Putting ice on cystic acne can help the inflammation go down.

Using spot treatments with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide can reduce and eliminate pimples. Using a regular retinoid at night or using an AHA wash can also calm down inflamed skin.

Treat Your Skin Right

You don’t have to live with inflamed, painful skin. Now that you know how to prevent acne and how to treat it, you can make sure your skin issues don’t come back.

Take control of your skin health with this easy to follow guide. With a few lifestyle changes, you’ll see a big difference in your appearance and confidence.

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