How Can I Prevent Breakouts?

Acne is a painful and humiliating experience. If you have had acne before, you certainly must be looking for ways to prevent future breakouts without necessarily going to a dermatologist. The problem with acne is that it can happen again and again especially to individuals who are at the phase of their lives wherein they experience significant surges or drops in their hormones. Hormonal imbalance triggers an overproduction of sebum that can lead to the development of acne. And so the incidence of acne is higher among teenagers, pregnant women, lactating mothers, and women on menopause than anybody else.
But acne can in fact be preventable, even for these acne-prone individuals. There are many things you can actually do to reduce the impact of hormonal imbalance, control sebum, as well as prevent the clogging of your pores.
Start or end your day with exercise. It does not have to be anything strenuous or back-breaking. And you certainly don’t need to go to the gym or buy an expensive exercise equipment. Exercise can be a simple walk around the park for 30 to 45 minutes. If you do brisk walking, 20-30 minutes should be enough. Exercise is very important because it enables your blood to circulate properly. Good circulation ensures proper nourishment of the cells and tissues of the different parts of your body, including your skin. Exercising regularly keeps a healthy balance of your bodily systems and boosts your immune system, thereby increasing your body’s ability to fight acne infection.
Watch what you eat
Foods that are high in saturated fat and sugar cause insulin resistance which triggers acne flare-ups. Avoid sweets, fried foods, junk foods, and preserved foods as much as possible. Since the body needs fat to function, you cannot say that you can totally get rid of fat. Get more of the healthy fat, instead. Olive oil is healthy fat. So is corn oil and sunflower oil. Fish has more of the good fats, too, so has peanuts.
Having several servings of raw vegetables and fresh fruits everyday will be good for your skin and general well being. Choose especially the green and leafy vegetables and fruits that contain fiber, antioxidants, and skin-nourishing vitamins.
Have a healthy skin regimen
Taking care of your skin can help prevent acne flare-ups. Keep dirt and bacteria away from your skin by washing your face twice daily with soap or cleanser that’s specially formulated to prevent acne. Use non-comedogenic cleansers or cleansers with tea tree oil and lavender. Once a week, make it a point to exfoliate and apply a facial mask (oatmeal masks work effectively against acne).
Avoid using makeup and chemical-based beauty products as much as possible. Many of these contain toxic ingredients that dry the skin, clog the pores, accelerate aging, affect hormonal balance, cause cancer or organ damage. All you ever need to look beautiful are a clean face, organic sunscreen, and a happy disposition.
Get enough sleep
Lots of people take this for granted, but sleeping for at least seven hours a day is good for the body, in general. Sleep less than that and your body resistance suffers a nosedive, making your prone to acne breakouts.
Avoid stress
You must have heard that stress can trigger acne attacks. Stress appears to affect hormonal balance that sets off an overproduction of sebum. Be in control of the situation by avoiding stress altogether. It may not be easy, but it can be done. There are many anti-stress techniques that you can make a habit of doing everyday, and these include deep breathing, taking breaks from work, drinking a soothing tea, sniffing on something relaxing such as lavender oil, and laughing, even if that makes you look crazy.

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