10 Ways to prevent Acne
A number of factors can cause acne, pimples and breakouts. Most notably, hormonal fluctuations in your teens and adolescent years, but everything from dirt and bacteria, to stress and an unhealthy lifestyle, can worsen acne well into your adult life. So, what steps can you take to help prevent acne every day?
As with most things in life, there are more drastic intervention options that can help alleviate the problem. But it’s always best to get the basics right, first. Here are 10 ideas for daily habits that will go a long way toward alleviating your acne and breakouts.
1. Stop touching your face
It seems like such a simple thing. No one touches their face intentionally, right? And yet, studies have shown that a large portion of diseases and infections spread exactly because people habitually touch their faces with their hands. Which wouldn’t be a problem if your hands weren’t the parts of your body that you chiefly use to interact with the world around you. The gunk collected on door handles, the bacteria on the elevator button, the impurities on your keys and every surface you come into contact with all end up on your face even if you just briefly brush your fringe out of your eyes.
Make it a conscious effort to never, ever touch your face. Carry wipes or hand sanitiser with you, so you can clean your hands before bringing them anywhere near your face.
2. Pay close attention to your hair care
You can thank gravity and its proximity to your face for this golden rule: your hair plays a major role in your facial hygiene and skin function. If you have bangs, they’ll touch your facial skin from time to time. And, even if you don’t have a fringe, the products and general cleanliness of your hair has a dramatic effect on pimples on your forehead, jaw, neck and back.
Dirty hair will cause breakouts on your skin, but using shampoo and conditioner with harsh chemicals can also upset the delicate balance in your facial skin. So, opt for gentle, quality hair products and wash regularly. Also, be sure to rinse out your shampoo and conditioner very thoroughly and always cleanse your face afterwashing your hair.
What you use to style your hair is also important. Sprays, gels and oils with harsh chemicals will irritate your facial and neck skin, aggravating acne infections. Choose gentle, natural products every time.
3. Prioritise sun protection
Studies have shown that a little bit of sun can be good for getting rid of minor breakouts and blackheads. But beware: spending lots of time in the sun does the exact opposite. Sun damage is known to make acne flare up, so keep your sun protection and moisturiser handy.
That said, be sure to use sun protection that’s specifically formulated for your face (they tend to be lightweight and less oily, which is good news for acne-prone skin).
4. Exercise regularly
Yes, we know. But your body is a whole. It’s an inseparable unit and the fact is that the better you maintain it, the better it functions all round. Daily exercise improves blood flow (crucial for helping the skin fight acne), gives you more energy, releases feel-good endorphins and promotes general wellbeing.
More importantly, when you sweat, your body gets rid of the impurities that cause acne. If you exercise and drink lots of water, your body flushes all the acne-causing baddies out of your system, faster. Just remember to take a quick shower after exercise to rinse the toxins off your skin (Capetonians can consider a quick jump in the ocean or 5-second rinse amid the water crisis, followed by moisturiser).
5. Get sleep smart
You have to get at least six to eight hours sleep a night. That’s not negotiable because your body heals and cleans your cells during sleep, which does miracles for clearing up acne. But you might also want to take extra notice of your pillowcase. Think about it, it’s right up against your face for hours every night. It most likely collects a lot of skin and impurities every time you sleep on it. So, change your pillowcase as regularly as possible.
Also, watch what detergents you’re using to wash your bedding. Harmful chemicals are no good for acne-prone skin, so consider switching up to a more natural washing powder and fabric softener.
Plus, if you can train yourself to sleep mainly lying down on your back, you can minimise your facial skin’s contact with the sheets – that’ll help keep your skin clean and clear.
6. Eat healthily and drink as much water as possible
Again, your body is a whole. What you put in is what you get out. Studies have shown that dairy, greasy foods and what we generally call junk food (oily, sugar-rich ad carbo-loaded food and soft drinks) can have a dramatic effect on pimples. Here’s a fun little test. If you touch food, getting its juices all over your fingertips, ask yourself if you’d touch your face with those same fingers. If not, then don’t eat the food. You might not want to touch yourself with oily French-fry fingers, but a little bit of strawberry juice actually sounds quite nice. See where this is going? Healthy, crisp and fresh foods are inevitably going to be better for your wellbeing and your pimples too!Plus: did you know that minor food allergies will show up as acne first? You might not even know that you’re allergic to something. But, every time you eat it, it’ll show up in your skin as pimples. Thus, persistent could call for an allergy test.
7. Focus on reducing your stress levels
Studies have linked acne flare-ups (and their severity) to stress in the body. That’s why it’s important to learn to manage your stress. Exercise is a good stress reliever, but you might also want to learn to practice a mindfulness exercise or perform a low-impact exercise like pilates or yoga to help you cope with the pressures of everyday life.
Also, know your stressors, so that you can plan for them. If you know a big exam or work deadline is coming up, remember to take a little bit of extra care of your skin during that time.
8. Stop your hormones from making skin oily
Yes, your hormones play a big part in causing your pimples and breakouts. That’s why over 85% people struggle with them around the time puberty starts. But how? What’s the link between hormones and pimples?
The answer is in a complex mix of lipids known as sebum. Your body produces sebum through sebaceous glands close to your hair follicles. Sebum helps your body retain moisture. It also protects you from infection and supports your immune system.
The problem is that your sebaceous glands are controlled by sex hormones called androgens. Androgens are various forms of testosterone. (In women they’re produced by the ovaries in women, and in men, it’s the testes producing androgens.) And these hormones stimulate your skin’s sebaceous glands to produce more sebum. But often it produces too much, leading to blocked pores and breakouts.
Since the hormonal action is all happening inside your body, using an oral therapy should work best to counteract it. And we know that two very important ingredients, Nicotinamide and Zinc Picolinate, suppress sebum by blocking your androgenic hormones.
Nicotinamide is an activated form of Vitamin B3. And it’s a great anti-inflammatory that reduces sebum in your skin and helps improve skin barrier function – all great for fighting acne.
Zinc Picolinate is a very well known antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. But scientists now say it also reduces sebum production in the skin. Taken together, these two ingredients could be your ultimate weapon against acne. Recommended for you:
Lamelle Research Laboratories’ Acnevelle oral supplement contains both Nicotinamide and Zinc Picolinate to soothe and restore skin. While also suppressing your body’s androgen hormones and sebum production.
9. Optimise your exfoliation & cleansing routine
Normal, cleansing and exfoliation are the bare minimum you can do. And it will have some positive effects. But for the best results, you need an exfoliation plan that’s created specifically for the treatment of acne.
For a superior cleanser, reach for Lamelle’s Clarity Active Cleanse, a powerful yet gentle foaming cleanser. And it contains tea tree oil to fight inflammation, as well as salicylic acid, an exfoliator so powerful it’s used in gentle skin peels.
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Lamelle’s patented RA technology is an industry standard-setting retinoic acid, a form of vitamin A. And it is a powerful exfoliator, but RA won’t irritate your skin like pure Vitamin A would. RA works directly on keratinocytes, boosting the skin’s ability to shed dead cells and helping it normalise its cell turnover rate to stop pimples before they form.
Clarity Corrective AM is a powerful anti-acne morning moisturiser. It contains azelaic acid, Melaleuca Alteniforia and Copper Tripeptide, providing remarkable antibacterial protection and inflammation soothing and healing. As an added bonus, it also contains advanced epidermal growth factors, for superior and effective skin healing.
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Lamelle’s Clarity Corrective PM Plus is an exfoliation-boosting evening moisturiser. Patented RA tech normalises keratinocyte turnover, while powerful anti-inflammatories protect skin and fibroblast growth factors speed up healing.
When there are too much sebum and dead skin cells in the skin, it creates a breeding ground for bacteria. This causes an infection, which becomes red, swollen and inflamed. Your body responds by sending white blood cells to defend the area of skin, and this is what causes the yellow puss inside a pimple.
By reducing sebum and getting rid of all the dead skin cells (as in point one and two above), you’re already preventing acne. But, let’s take it a step further and find a way to kill the bacteria with before it can even take hold.
You need an antibacterial to destroy bacteria. And then follow it up with an anti-inflammatory to stop the area from becoming swollen and red. That’s how you effectively clear your skin from pimples.
Azelaic acid is a natural material produced by your skin. Acne-ridden skin is often deficient in this extremely powerful natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. As is Melaleuca Alteniforia or tea tree leaf oil and also collagen-boosting Copper Tripeptide. A solution containing all of these will offer an incredible amount of preventative, restorative and healing properties where acne is concerned.
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Taken together, Lamelle’s entire Clarity and Acnevelle range give you up to 88% improvement in the problematic skin within just four to eight weeks of use.
10. See a specialist
Acne and pimples are so common, that it’s really one of those things where an experts help will go such a long way. It’s more than worthwhile to book a personal consultation with a dermatologist or skincare therapist, as they’ll assess your skin and give you a tailor-made acne solution.
A professional will give you access to solutions you simply cannot buy over the counter. For example, she might prescribe an oral solution, like Lamelle’s lauded Acnevelle capsules along with a complete and customised Clarity home-care solution.
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