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The Do’s & Don’ts of Acne

The Do’s & Don’ts of Acne

The Do’s & Don’ts of Acne

Annoyed with the acne on your face? Feeling lost and unsure of what to do? Don’t worry, here’s a quick guide on the Do’s and Don’ts.

The Do’s

1. Wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser.
One believes that the stronger the facial cleanser, the better it is. This cannot be further away from the truth. Stronger facial cleanser means a cleaner surface, but it wipes off almost all the natural oil on your face. This is sending incorrect signals to your glands which will lead to it over compensating for the temporary lack of oil on the surface. Always use a gentle cleanser that will not strip the moisture from your skin. You should wash your face twice a day. Once in the morning when you wake up to remove dirt and bacteria that gathered on your face while you are sleeping. Once more at night to remove the makeup and grime collected throughout the day.

2. Keep your hair clean and away from your face.
Hair can trap impurities in the air and stay on till the next wash. Long fringe covers the forehead and makes the surrounding skin area less breathable; making it conducive for bacteria growth. Make sure you wash your hair regularly to keep excess oil and impurities off your face.

3. Use products that contain salicylic acid.
Salicylic acid is the most commonly used ingredient in a skincare product. It has plenty of benefits such as reducing oil, loosen blackheads, and sometimes, even skin discoloration from old breakouts. Keep a look out for this specific ingredient the next time you go skincare shopping.

4. Use water-based moisturizer.
Moisturizer plays a key role in ensuring your skin stays supple and healthy. It is highly recommended to use water-based moisturizer to keep skin hydrated and well-balanced.

5. Drink 6-8 glasses of water daily.
Skin is the reflection of our internal health. Drink 6-8 glasses of water daily to maintain optimal hydration. This helps boost immune system and ensure body functions properly. Much of this water ends up in the largest organ of our body - our skin. So drink up! Your skin and other internal organs will thank you for it.

The Don’ts

1. Don’t touch your face.
Your hands may seem clean but they actually aren’t. Bacteria and germs are so tiny that you cannot see with them your naked eyes. Prevention is always better than cure. Restrain from touching your face with your hands to avoid skin problems from developing.

2. Don’t pop your pimples.
Your pimple has turned yellowish and it is calling out to you to pop it. STOP! Do not give in to temptation. What you are about to do is in fact damaging to your skin in the long run. It will take longer to heal and increases the risk of infection and scarring.

3. Don’t use acne products for too long.
Benzoyl peroxide is commonly found in acne products. Pro-longed usage can worsen the acne area because it leads to dryness and in turn, irritation. Therefore, use acne products to combat those zits and stop when they are gone.

4. Don’t exercise or sleep with your makeup on.
All ladies want to look good anytime, anywhere. So much so, even when we workout and while sleeping. With makeup on during these times, it blocks the exit and result in clogged pores which eventually can lead to acne. Furthermore, leaving makeup on could cause irritation, allergic reaction and even infection. The truth is looking good starts with good skin, and not makeup.

5. Avoid direct sun exposure.
Applying sunscreen is the most fundamental step one can do to protect the skin from damaging UV rays. We will start to see visible sun damage in adulthood (or earlier) caused by the lack of protection in our younger days. It is never too early to start using sunscreen and the recommended sunscreen dosage is SPF 30 or higher.

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