If you suffer from acne breakouts on a regular basis, you may be looking for a treatment that will help reduce them. While lotions, creams, gels, and medications may work, there are some things you can avoid when dealing with acne. You may need to make some changes to your daily routine, but you may also find that it’s worth it, when your breakouts diminish.
Avoid Certain Foods
While it is proved that chocolate doesn’t cause acne, the American Journal of Nutrition suggests that you may have fewer breakouts if you avoid white bread, sugar, white rice, and pasta. These items may raise your blood sugar which creates too much insulin in your bloodstream that may promote the growth of cells that clog pores. Acne breakouts start with clogged cells from oil, dead skin cells, and the bacteria that are naturally on your skin. Eating whole grains, veggies, walnuts, avocados, and beans may help you have fewer breakouts.
Avoid an Unwashed Face
Even if you don’t shower twice a day, you should wash your face every morning and evening. Sweat, dust, pollution, and for some, makeup, can seep into your pores and clog them, which may create blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples. It is also good to use a gentle exfoliating face wash a few times a week to remove excess dead skin cells.
Avoid a Dirty Cell Phone
Cell phones collect bacteria from your fingers and table tops where you put them. The heat generated by the phone helps the bacteria multiply. When you talk on your phone, this bacterium is transferred to your face. You can wipe your phone with a hand sanitizer every day or use headphones.
Avoid Poking and Popping Pimples
The worst thing you can do is try to pick away your pimple. This only serves to push the infection deeper into the skin, seriously increasing the possibility of scarring. Your fingers are already covered in bacteria, which can only increase the chance for infection and your already inflamed face will become even more irritated.
If you are suffering from embarrassing acne breakouts, you can visit Atomic Dermatology and learn how to reduce existing acne and avoid future breakouts. It’s better to get an expert’s advice before starting any course of treatment to make sure the treatment is optimized for your individual skin type. We are conveniently located in Pasco, WA. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!