True acne occurs when excess sebum, the body’s oil production, clogs pores. Trapped oils can lead to inflammation. Though good hygiene is important, too much scrubbing can irritate the condition. Nevertheless, remember to wash hands often throughout the day, since that is where the transfer of bacteria begins. If breakout occurs only in certain areas of the face however, investigate what happens in that specific area.
Breaking out on one side of the face may be the result of phone usage. Be sure to clean the phone’s surface often. Whether land line or cell phone, use the speakerphone as an option or invest in a hands free headset for both.
Breaking out along the hairline may be the result of products or gear. Rinse off sticky hairspray and oil rich conditioners after applying products near the hairline. Never wear makeup to bed. The body heals during rest and the fresh feel of clean skin is a pleasant way to fall asleep. Additionally, check out the wardrobe. Clean bike helmets, baseball caps, and headbands as well as any sporting gear that traps sweat against the skin.
A good sweat helps the body eliminate toxins. Be sure to shower immediately so that sweaty clothing does not trap in contamination. Working out helps reduce stress levels. When the body is under tension, the release of stress hormones may cause breakouts and compulsive eating for some.
While occasional sweets and fried foods are not culprits for acne, the empty calorie concept of filling up on junk food will lessen the desire to eat a fresh, natural diet of nutrient rich foods. Get in the habit of substituting sugary drinks for water to cleanse the system. The detox may be intense at first but after a couple of weeks, cravings will diminish and brightening skin will be evident.
Follow-up with an appropriate skin care system that keeps the face and body pH balanced. Use an exfoliating wash as part of your daily routine or supplement sensitive skin by using a gentle exfoliating mask once every week that will unclog pores. Results from over- the-counter acne treatments take a minimum of 4-8 weeks. See a board certified dermatologist if OTC treatments do not work. Expect treatments to include both topical and oral antibiotics, birth control pills, as well as laser and light therapies that destroy bacteria and shrink the oil glands where they hide.