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How to have clean skin without acne?

There is scientific evidence of a link between smoking and a higher risk of acne.

Acne, dryness, redness... Everyone can remember something different. PRX-T33 chemical peeling remains the best procedure for the skin at any time of the year. But this is not a procedure for every day, so sometimes it is difficult to understand what the skin needs in order for it to be as healthy as possible. Especially when advertising bombards from all sides and cosmetic companies talk about their products and how cool they are. So what should you do?

Wash your face twice a day

If you are prone to periodic skin problems, we have oily skin, don't skimp on water and wash your face in the morning and in the evening.

In the face washing study, participants were asked to wash their faces 1, 2, or 4 times a day for 6 weeks.

At the end of the study, there was a significant improvement in acne breakouts in those who washed their faces twice a day. Participants who only washed their faces once a day had the most breakouts.

Use a mild detergent

The shelves in many pharmacies are filled with a bunch of varieties of facial cleansers.

Trying and figuring out which one is right for you can be long and boring.

A systematic review of 14 studies found that there is not much difference between the affected area and the type of cleanser you use.

The studies included everything from antibacterial thought to various facial cleansers that contained alpha and beta hydroxy acids.

If you've spent a lot of money on expensive cleaners, you might be disappointed. So remember: the simple things are probably the best.

A mild cleanser without loads of ingredients and fragrances can work just as well as more expensive options.

Use anti-acne products

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), a number of modern products can help in the fight against acne. The key is to find one that works for you and your acne type.

Depending on the type, the Academy advises:

  • Comedon (black spots and simple balls). Look for products with retinoids;
  • Light pimples. Benzoyl peroxide can help with them, it is possible in combination with retinoids;
  • Pimples due to inflammation (pustules, for example): 5% dapsone gel is recommended, especially for adult women;
  • Acne with scarring: Azelaic acid preparations can help reduce acne and the risk of such scarring.

If you want to simultaneously affect different types of acne, the Academy recommends using a combination of benzoyl peroxide, adapalene, or tretinoin.

Using these drugs together can dry out the skin, so use a moisturizer.

Use moisturizers

How does it help clear skin?

If the skin is excessively dry, it may try to compensate for the dryness by overproducing sebum. You can guess the result yourself :)

Choose a non-comedogenic moisturizer that won't clog pores.

If you have oily skin, it is better to choose moisturizers with a "lightweight" label.

Get rid of dead skin

A scrub or something like that can help get rid of dead skin cells. After all, if such cells remain for too long, they can clog pores and lead to acne.

Well, the skin will not look the best. So here are the methods:

  • 2% salicylic acid mask;
  • 10% or less glycolic acid mask or lotion;
  • movable face brush.

How often to do this procedure? For masks or lotions, it is 1-2 per week. For scrubs or brushes 3-4 times a week. Start with a smaller amount first so you don't overdo it.

If you have inflammatory acne, talk to a dermatologist first, as some types of skin exfoliation treatments can make the condition worse.

Get some sleep

When you don't sleep enough, the skin can "break" more often.

According to a 2015 study, more than 65% of study participants who felt tired had acne.

Scientists have suggested that in some cases, lack of sleep can cause the body to release inflammatory components. And they can lead to acne. Therefore, try to sleep 7-9 hours.

Choose cosmetics that do not clog pores

A 2013 study found that people who used cosmetics were more likely to have affected areas of facial skin.

Therefore, make sure that:

  • Use products labeled "noncomedogenic" or "oil-free";
  • Always wash your hands before applying cosmetics or skin care products;
  • Always remove makeup before going to bed and exercising;
  • Wash makeup brushes and sponges weekly.

Makeup can cause a form of acne, which doctors call acne cosmetic.

These are small bumps that usually appear on the cheeks, chin, and forehead.

Do not squeeze the pimples

It can be very, very difficult. But it is very, very important.

When you squeeze a pimple, you introduce more bacteria into the pores, including the ones on your hands. It also increases the risk of infection or scarring.

If it hurts a lot, it is better to go to a dermatologist.

Relax

A number of studies, including one from 2017, have shown a link between stress and acne.

If you are going through a stressful time or situation, try healthy ways to de-stress. Example:

  1. Sports of high to moderate intensity for at least 30 minutes;
  2. Breathing exercises;
  3. Yoga;
  4. A few minutes of meditation;
  5. Write emotions on paper;
  6. Sound therapy is like playing a musical instrument or listening to your favorite music.

Easier with sugar

A number of studies have shown that foods with a high glycemic index may be linked to acne.

A large study in 2009 with the participation of more than 2 thousand participants was conducted as follows.

Participants were put on a low-glycemic diet. Not only did they lose weight, but 87% of study participants showed less acne.

91% said they needed fewer acne products. Ago:

  • Limit yourself to processed carbohydrates such as white bread or pastries;
  • Limit soda and other sugary drinks and sweets;
  • Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy sources of protein;
  • Limit alcohol consumption.

Don't smoke

There is scientific evidence of a link between smoking and a higher risk of acne.

One study looked at women aged 25-50 with acne. Scientists found that almost 73% of participants who smoked had acne.

And only 29.4% of women who did not smoke had acne.

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Bridget Houlihan

Bridget Houlihan is a writer, poet, and cat mom living in Pittsburgh, PA.
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