Follow These Acne Do's and Don'ts for Clear Skin

Acne-Free Skin is Just a Few Steps Away

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Most of us have experienced acne at some point in our lives. While normally at its worst during the teen years, acne can last well into adult life, depending on your skin type, gender, how you care for your skin, and lifestyle choices. If you struggle with acne, it is very important that you take care of your skin properly. Whether it's a small breakout or the occasional spot, some quick tips can help reduce the chance of getting acne. 

Check out our tips below to ensure you are taking proper care of your acne-prone skin. By following our list of do's, you can be reduce your chance of breaking out and be on your way to healthier skin. 

Acne Do’s:

  • Keep hair conditioner off your back. Since it contains heavy moisturizers, conditioner can clog pores, and if it is left to sit on your back while you shave your legs or clean the rest of your body you're risking getting breakouts on your back. Instead of letting your hair full of conditioner sit on your back, clip your hair up on top of your head until you are ready to rinse out your conditioner. Also be sure to wash your face at the end of your shower — not the beginning. If you wash your face at the beginning of your shower, hair products and soaps can leave residue on your skin and clog your pores. In order to make sure your skin stays clear, wash your face last before exiting the shower to clean any remaining soap or shampoo off.
  • Use a gel cleanser. Gel cleansers are typically made for those with combination to oily skin, while cream cleansers are made for normal to dry skin. Luckily, there are tons of drugstore cleansers that work just as well as highly priced ones. It may take some trial and error finding what works best for you, just like with any skincare item. Neutrogena Deep Clean Cleanser is a great drugstore option. Apply cleanser very gently with just your fingers, and then lather it by rubbing in small circular motions. Foam cleansers are also a good product for oily skin. CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser will get rid of excess oil without drying out skin in the process.
  • Keep your hands away from your face If you're a chronic face-toucher, keeping your hands away from your skin will absolutely help improve your skin. Everything you touch has the possibility of having germs and bacteria on it, plus dirt and oil, so DON’T touch your face! This can be a tough habit to break, but touching your face frequently can contribute to an acne problem. Not only can your hands carry bacteria onto your face, but so can your phone. Cellphones are covered with bacteria and dirt, which is then transferred to our faces when we make a call. To disinfect your phone, wipe it down with an anti-bacterial wipes frequently. To lessen germ transfer even more, consider using earbuds or headphones so that your screen doesn't touch your face.

Bonus Tip: Not touching your face goes for bed time, too! If you typically curl your arms under your chin to sleep and see that you have an acne problem in that area, try breaking the habit and sleeping in another position. 

  • Look for products with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. You’re going to need some type of treatment product for your skin — be it a toner, a spot treatment, or a serum. Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are the most common acne-fighting ingredients and both quite effective, so look for products that have one of these ingredients. Depending on your individual skin type, one may work better than other, so try a few out and see how your skin reacts.  

Bonus Tip: If you have really bad acne that doesn't seem to clear up no matter what product you use, or if you have cystic acne, consider seeing a dermatologist for a stronger acne medication that what's available in the drugstore. 

Acne Don’ts:

  • Don’t scrub your skin. While it may be tempting to use an exfoliating scrub, they can do more harm than good. If you have acne, you need to exfoliate with something other than a scrub. Chemical exfoliators are your best bet, so consider a gentle exfoliating pad like the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads.
  • Practice sun safety (and don't tan!) The sun can really damage your skin (as can tanning beds). Help acne heal by avoiding tanning beds and using proper protection when out in the sun. Make sure you wear a product with SPF in it every day. It doesn’t matter if it’s sunny or not, SPF protects your skin from the sun's harmful rays, even if it's overcast outside. We recommend using an SPF between 30 to 50 everyday, like Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 which won't cause breakouts. Don't forget to reapply every 2 hours if you're outside most of the day, either. Wearing a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses can also help keep your skin free from sun damage. Remember, the less sun damage your skin gets, the better your skin will look years from now. 
  • Don’t pick at your skin. Popping pimples is very tempting; however, in the long run, you are just damaging your skin. Avoid picking at any white or blackheads that appear on your skin. When you don't pick at your breakouts, they will heal faster and will leave less of a mark behind. Don't pop your pimples even if they have a white head on them.