In a perfect world, acne and pimples would merely be an unpleasant memory from our teenage years for any fully grown adult.
But unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world – nor do we have perfect skin. And for many, those nasty breakouts don’t stop once we finish high school.
So, if you find that this is still an ongoing issue for you as you get older, here are some tips and tricks you can use to prevent (and treat) a breakout.
Why Breakouts Happen
There are any number of reasons you may be suffering from a breakout, and diagnosing the exact cause can be difficult. Some of them are obvious (not cleansing properly), but some of them fly under the radar.
The following is a quick list of a few reasons you may not have considered:
Reason #1 – Your Skin Is Too Dry
While it may sound counterintuitive, here’s the deal – skin that’s excessively dry is almost as bad as skin that’s excessively oily. As the skin becomes drier and drier, your body begins to kick its natural oil production into overdrive (and the results usually aren’t pretty).
Reason #2 – Dietary Issues
What you eat can almost be almost as much of a factor as what you put on your face. And while everyone knows that processed foods aren’t good for anything (including your skin), spicy foods and dairy have also been known to trigger outbreaks in certain people.
Reason #3 – Your Using The Wrong Products
A lot of people make the mistake of overdoing it on the products – particularly on products that have a lot harsh ingredients (cleansers, scrubs, etc.). The same goes for hair care with heavy sulphates, since all the shampoo and conditioners usually end up making their way down your face.
How To Treat A Breakout
Now that we’ve established a few reasons that you keep breaking out (and hopefully given you some ideas for prevention), let’s move on and talk about what you should do after a breakout does has reared its ugly head.
Tip #1 – Choose The Right Products
Unfortunately, now that the process has already started, you’ve likely hit the point where you’re WELL past a simple cleansing and exfoliating routine – which means it’s time to bring out the big guns.
While they may indeed be too rough for your normal skin care routine, desperate times call for desperate measures, and choosing products such as salicylic acid and benzoyle peroxide will help reign the pimples in.
Tip #2 – Don’t Stop Moisturizing
Again, it might seem counterintuitive, but you want to make sure you’re keeping up with your moisturizing routine (especially with all the harsh products you may be using to get things under control).
You will, however, need to switch to an oil-free moisturizer if you’re not already using one.
Tip #3 – Start Exfoliating As Soon As Possible
Once your breakup clears and you’re getting back to your normal skincare routine, it’s important to start exfoliating regularly. Doing so will help keep all that nasty bacteria at bay and prevent this happening again.