The basis to treating any ailment is knowing all about that ailment, what causes it, how to prevent it and what can be done to treat it. In this article I am concentrating on what you should do to prevent and also get rid of acne effectively. Some of the statements I am going to make are supported by dermatologists while some are made based on my personal experience. So let us begin.
DO: Always clean your face at night with a cleanser that is suitable for your face (especially for ladies who have used make-up throughout the day).
DON'T: Sleep with your make-up on.
DO: Take Vitamins or Antioxidants. Not only does it improve your general immune system, it helps fight the bacteria that causes acne. So it is a win-win situation taking vitamins/antioxidants because you would have a healthier body and get rid of your acne.
DON'T: Take antibiotics. It may be necessary at times but it is advisable to avoid it at all cost. Why? You might ask. Well it is because bacteria in your system may get accustomed to the antibiotics and may develop resistance to these drugs. So that when you really need to treat a disease that they cause, the antibiotics would not have any effect. This would cause you to use a higher strength of the drug or a higher antibiotic. Trust me I know my final year project was on observing the resistance of bacteria to antibiotics that were used often and indiscriminately and the results were alarming.
DO: Stick to an acne treatment that does not cause irritation or side effects for about 2-3 months.
DON'T: Quitting an acne treatment before 2 months. Acne took a lot of time to emerge; it is not going to go away immediately and most especially if you do not use the acne treatment consistently. Use any acne treatment appropriately and give it time to work.
DO: Wash your face with a mild soap to remove dirt and use a scrub to exfoliate.
DON'T: Over-wash your face and scrub too much. Using a scrub removes the dead cells on your skin allowing it to be healthy. However it is important not to remove all the dead cells because they are also necessary to protect your skin.
DO: Try to eat an adequate diet. Learn to eat fruits and vegetables. It does wonders for your system and overall your health. Also drink lots of water, it flushes your system and helps in giving you a healthy skin.
DON'T: Eating foods you know that are harmful for your skin. For me it is greasy foods, though dermatologists say that they do not cause acne. However I tried an experiment on my skin and noticed that acne emerges within 24 hours of eating any greasy food, so for me greasy foods are off limits for me. Experiment with your skin and know what you should avoid and AVOID them.
DO: Exercise, it is good for your health.
DON'T: Exercise with make-up especially comedogenic products. Try to use non-comedogenic products or simply exercise with no make-up because you are going to sweat which may cause acne itself. Swimming is a great exercise to do as the issue of sweating is not there because of the water.
DO: Relax whenever you feel stressed (for ladies, when you are experiencing your menstrual period). Dermatologists are debating on the relationship between stress and acne; some say that stress does not cause acne while some say it does. For me stress causes acne BIG TIME, so I have to try to relax when I feel I am getting stressed. You have to determine what causes you to breakout.
DON'T: Get too stressed especially when you are on menstrual period.
DO: Test a little of any new product you purchase to be sure that you do not react negatively/are irritated from it. I learned that some months ago when I had a terrible cause of acne due to a new body lotion I bought.
DON'T: Use a comedogenic product. Always check the composition of any product you want to buy to be sure that you will not react to any of its ingredients.
A MAJOR don't is picking or touching your pimples. It forces the bacteria deeper into the skin, causing greater inflammation and infection.
Like I said, when you find an acne treatment you like stick to it. Quitting a treatment plan after your acne clears is inviting more to come. So even after your acne clears, continue your treatment. It prevents further attack. It may be necessary to combine two different type of acne treatment as each one may be tailored to find the different causes of acne. Also remember we all have different skin types so find an acne treatment that works for you and stick to it. I wish you all the best in your quest to have an acne free skin.
For more on my struggle with keeping my face and chest acne free, check out my blogs http://beautyandhealthshop.blogspot.com or http://beautyandhealth1.wordpress.com I hope you would enjoy all my postings.