6 Tips in Preventing Acne

Is acne keeping you down? Those red and painful bumps can ruin your look if you don"t keep them at bay. Here are 6 tips in preventing acne for a more confident you:

1. Keep your face clean. If you have acne or not, it"s important to wash your face twice daily to remove contaminants, dead skin cells and extra oil from the skin"s surface. Washing more than twice daily is not necessarily better for it can do more harm than good. Use warm, not hot, water and mild face cleaning. A harsh soap (like deodorant body soap) can damage the already inflamed skin and cause more irritation.

2. Moisturize. Most acne products contain components that dry the skin, so always use a moisturizer that minimizes dryness and skin scaling. Look for ‘noncomedogenic" on the label, which means it should not cause acne. There is a moisturizer made for oily, dry or combination skin.

3. Use makeup occasionally. During a breakout, avoid wearing powder, blush and foundation. If you wear makeup, wash it at the end of the day. If possible, choose oil-free cosmetics without the addition of dyes and chemicals. Choose makeup that is labeled as ‘noncomedogenic," which means it should not cause acne.

4. See what you put on your hair. Avoid using smells, oils, pomades or gels on the hair. If they come into the face, they can block the skin"s pores and irritate the skin. Use a mild shampoo and conditioner. Oily hair can add oil to the face, so wash your hair often, especially if you break out. Got long hair? Keep it dragged away from your face.

5. Keep your hands away from your face. Avoid touching your face. Not only would you spread bacteria, but you can also irritate the already inflamed facial skin. Never pick or squeeze with your fingers as it can lead to infection and scarring.

6. Chill! Some studies tie stress with the difficulty of pimples or acne. Ask yourself what makes you feel stressed and learn to relax.

You can always head down to your trusted med spa for more tips.