Acne is a common skin condition that occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells, leading to the formation of pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. Acne cannot always be prevented, but there are several steps you can take to help reduce the frequency and severity of breakouts. Here are some tips of preventing acne:
- Keep your skin clear: Wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser and warm water to remove dirt, oil, and makeup. Avoid scrubbing too hard, which can irritate the skin and make acne worse.
- Avoid touching your face: touching your face can transfer bacteria and oil from your hands to your skin, leading to breakouts.
- Use non-comedogenic products: Look for skincare products, makeup and sunscreen that are labeled “non-comedogenic” or “oil-free” to avoid clogging your pores.
- Manage stress: Stress can contribute to acne by triggering the release of hormones that increase oil production. Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as exercise or meditation.
- Eat a healthy diet: A diet that is high in processed foods, sugar, and dairy can trigger acne in some people. Focus on eating a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein.
- Avoid picking or squeezing: Picking or squeezing pimples can lead to scarring and further skin damage.
While acne is common and can be frustrating, it can be effectively treated with a variety of topical and oral medications, as well as lifestyle modifications. It is important to consult with a dermatologist to develop a personalized treatment plan that is appropriate for you individual needs. To schedule an appointment with one of our well-trained dermatologists, click the link to schedule online, https://self.schdl.com/patient/1013 or call us at (520)382-3330.
Weimin Hu, MD, PhD
Board Certified Dermatologist