Helpful Hints for Keeping Acne-Prone Skin Clear
Controlling acne can be difficult. There is a multitude of medications and topical treatments to help, however, there are simple things you can do to help control/prevent breakouts and new infections.
Try to drink 4-6 glass of water each day to flush toxins from the body.
Do not spray perfume or cologne on sides of the neck – this will stimulate oil glands by more than 25% producing more oil on the surface of the skin.
If you play sports, always shower or wash the skin immediately following activity to remove sweat and oil from the skin. If you cannot shower or wash right away, use Acne Cleansing Wipes to remove sweat and oil from face.
Avoid wearing hats and caps – these irritate the skin. Oils and sweat on the hat or cap form bacteria that will infect the skin, causing a breakout. To avoid this, wash hats and caps frequently.
Clean the face of your cell phone twice a week with an alcohol wipe or glass cleaner to keep it oil and bacteria free.
Change your pillowcase frequently – your face is constantly secreting oil (sebum), even when you sleep. Pillowcases soak up sebum from your skin, and over time, the pillowcase gets dirty. If you sleep on a dirty pillowcase, you are essentially reinfecting your skin each night. Simply wash your pillowcases every few days or every week.
Avoid touching your face with your hands. This is easier said than done since we touch our faces all the time. However, oils and dirt on our hands can irritate the skin and this can lead to breakouts. Try not touching your face for a few days and see if it helps control your acne. If you find this hard to do, try keeping a Kleenex handy and use that if you feel the need to itch or touch your face.
For those with excessively oily skin or moderate to severe acne, take 50mg of Zinc once a day with your largest meal (never take Zinc on an empty stomach). This will dry out oil glands internally by at least 35% and blemishes will decrease in size. You can purchase Zinc at any grocery store.
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