Ditch your chemical acne treatment regime, and switch to a completely natural routine.
Here are 9 acne DON’Ts to help prevent pimples.
1) Don’t Over Cleanse or Over Scrub
Don’t over cleanse or over scrub. As tempting as it is to achieve that squeaky clean feeling with your cleanser, the over cleansing effect can dry out your skin causing your oil glands to work overdrive to compensate for the dryness.
The harsh over scrubbing effect may cause too much pressure to your skin as it gets overly irritated and inflamed with constant harsh rubbing.
2) Don’t Use Benzoyl Peroxide
Avoid benzoyl peroxide. It can dehydrate your skin, increase free radical damage and lead to premature aging. This popular anti-acne chemical has anti-pimple effects but it also is a proven strong irritant and allergen to your skin which can actually increase the inflammation and obstruct the natural healing process of your skin.
3) Don’t Pile on the Makeup Foundations & Concealers
Wear a concealer where needed and put on foundation only for necessary occasions. Use oil-blotting papers to absorb the excess shine during the day. Remove any makeup off your skin immediately when you get home.
4) Don’t Sunbath
We all know the devastating cancer causing and pre-mature aging effects of the sun. Sunbathing can also lead to an increase in acne. Your skin’s oil production goes into overdrive when you expose yourself to the sun for long periods. If you are going to be visiting the beach, make sure 2 nights before, you exfoliate and deep cleanse your pores so that the oil will flow out freely when you are sun bathing.
5) Don’t touch your pimples and your face if you can avoid
Mature acne lesions contain large amounts of bacteria. By picking at the lesions and touching other areas of your face, you are prone to spreading the bacteria and causing more pimples. Make sure that if you are going to be extracting the pus / comedone, to do it with sterile equipment and to thoroughly cleanse your hands afterwards.
6) Don’t Shave too close
Close-shave razors increase the risk of developing ingrown hairs, which can also increase inflammation.
7) Don’t Sleep with Your Makeup On
If you are prone to acne, you will regret the night you went to bed with your makeup. Acne lesions will begin to form from the skin blockage and within 1 – 2 weeks new acne lesions may form. A definite NO NO for those with oily type skin.
8) Don’t Stay Up too Late
I know with study and work, it can be really difficult at times to get the 7 or 8 hours sleep you need. Getting sufficient sleep helps to control the hormonal balance of the body and will also provide you the power and strength to fight with all kinds of diseases. The lack of sleep weakens your immune system leaving you prone to infections.
9) Don’t Fall Prey to Quick Acne Fixes
Expensive acne “cure” claims are everywhere. From over the counter products, radio, magazines, internet, to the famous infomercials. The people giving those acne “testimonials” on advertisements are almost always professional actors reading a script. The world of acne fighting is filled with snake oils and false promises. There are promises that guarantee “10 day cures” for your acne, and there are the real slow pokes that state, “try this all time tested home treatment for acne and have clearer blemish-free skin within 30 days of use.” What they want is your money. So be careful not to fall prey.
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