Almost everyone has acne at some point in their lives. Fortunately, there are several simple steps you can take to keep acne under control. Here, we share with you some of the top dos and don'ts for looking after acne-prone skin.
Have a Daily Skin Care Routine
Acne occurs when your skin’s pores get clogged up with excess oil and dead skin cells, producing an environment in which bacteria can prosper. A good daily skin care routine can help you keep your skin clear of dead skin cells and so, will prevent or minimise the appearance of acne. It needn’t be anything elaborate – indeed, it should only take up to five minutes of your time every morning and night.
Ideally, your skin care routine will include three steps: cleanse, tone and moisturise. You may also wish to apply an acne cream, which you can buy over the counter, online, or have prescribed from a doctor depending on the severity of your condition.
Other skin care tips that can help reduce acne include:
- Thoroughly remove all make-up and facial products before bed
- Wash any skin care and beauty equipment regularly (i.e. make-up brushes, face flannels) to prevent them from harbouring harmful bacteria
- Similarly, ensure that you clean your towels and bed linen (especially pillow cases) regularly to prevent bacteria from breeding there
- Avoid sharing towels or face flannels
- Don’t forget your hair – wash it before bed to ensure it’s non-greasy and product-free. If you have long hair, you may also wish to tie it back, at least while you’re asleep, to prevent it from aggravating your skin
Get Enough ZZZ’s
It’s called ‘beauty sleep’ for a reason – over time, sleep deprivation takes its toll on skin. The average adult needs between seven to nine hours of sleep, but most of us aren’t getting enough.
First and foremost, sleep gives our bodies the time it needs to renew skin cells. In addition, when you’re sleep deprived, your body over-stimulates the adrenal glands to get you through the day, which in turn can result in excess oil production – bad news for acne-prone skin.
It’s not just physical, but also psychological. According to one study, for every hour of sleep you lose in a night, your risk of stress rises by 14% - and, as we all know, stress is not good for skin. All the more reason to catch some shut-eye!
Eat a Balanced Diet
It’s a longstanding myth that eating too many fatty foods can cause acne. Grease in foods doesn’t simply reappear on your face. In fact, fats and oils play a vital role in enabling skin cells to repair themselves.
However, it is true that an unhealthy diet can aggravate acne. Too much sugar, simple carbohydrates and dairy and not enough vitamins and minerals, can all increase your vulnerability to acne flare-ups. If you listen to your body and adopt a well-balanced diet, your skin will thank you for it.
Drink Enough Water
The skin is the largest organ in the body, so it’s hardly surprising it’s one of the first things to take a hit when you’re dehydrated. When the body doesn’t have enough water, the kidneys becomes less effective at flushing out harmful toxins, and so toxins must escape through the skin instead. This can lead to changes in your skin’s pH level, providing a breeding ground for bacteria and paving the way for an acne breakout.
What’s more, drinking enough water is essential to promoting the growth of healthy skin cells, which are necessary for keeping skin looking healthy and helping acne scars fade.
For this reason, you should always pay attention to how much water you’re drinking – the average person requires 2-2.5 litres a day.
Over time, and applied consistently, these lifestyle changes will become second nature to you – they say it takes just 66 days to develop a new habit. While you can’t expect miracles to occur overnight, if you follow the advice above, you should start to see slow but steady improvements to your acne-prone skin.
At Tower Health, we offer a wide range of acne treatment. All of our products are NHS-approved and suitable for adolescent and adult skin. Our pharmacist has also put together these acne bundle kits which will make the cleanse, treat and moisturize process even easier for you.