Acne is an unfortunate side effect to the teenage years and sufferers can find it quite a distressing experience,at a time when they’re already very self-conscious, it can lead to acne scarring if it’s not managed correctly. As unpleasant as this is, the reality is that this isn’t a condition that affects the minority; studies show that 80% of 11 to 30 year olds are affected by acne at some point, with 99% of cases in both men and women being on the face in varying different degrees. My own teenage son being one of them.
It started with a few pimples which didn’t really bother him too much and very quickly developed into something more serious, catching us both out. He’s been super at trying to clear it up lately, eating a very healthy diet and using various forms of acne treatment but the reality though is that there isn’t an overnight cure that can rid you of acne. However, the light at the end of the tunnel for us all is that there are steps you can take to minimise it.
Here’s some advice he’s following
#10 Don’t Squeeze your Spots
It’s a bit of a misconception that squeezing your spots gets rid of them, what you’re actually doing is possibly spreading them to other areas. Also, you can damage your skin and cause scarring. In other words, just don’t do it.
#9 Avoid Touching your Face
In the same respect as the point above, try your best to avoid touching your face altogether. We all do it in our daily lives – often without even realising it – but unfortunately when you do, you’re transferring the dirt and bacteria that’s on your hands onto your face which can make your acne worse. So try to avoid doing this, or at least try to keep your hands clean by washing them regularly.
#8 Eat a Healthier Diet
Foods rich in Omega-3s can help balance your body’s production of insulin – the latter of which can lead to growth of cells that clog your pores. Such foods include fish, walnuts and cauliflower.
#7 Get more Exercise
As well as making you fitter and healthier overall, regular exercise helps regulate your hormone levels and gives oxygen to your skin cells which refreshes them and takes away cell waste. Both of which can help minimise your acne. We’ve noticed his tends to get worse when he’s had a lazy weekend so he’s back to joining us on our long country walks every weekend and skateboarding as much as he can.
#6 Don’t Spend too Long in the Sun
You might hear people telling you that tanning in the sunshine gets rid of your spots; the truth is that it dries out your skin and in some cases can lead to excess oils being produced to compensate this, leading to more spots. What’s more if you’re using acne treatments these can cause your skin to burn quicker, so don’t spend too long in the sun and always use sun cream.
#5 Try to Relax
Our lives can be hectic at times and whether it’s at school or at home we can all get stressed on occasion. Stress levels unfortunately can lead to an increase in hormone levels which for some can increase oil production in the skin and in turn cause or worsen their acne. While it’s easier said than done to just relax, try other techniques like taking deep breaths, enjoying more recreational activities or talking with others about your problems.
#4 Use Moisturiser
Both men and women should moisturise once a day anyway as it prevents you from having dry skin. By using an oil-free moisturiser you hydrate your skin and stop it from needing to produce natural oils. The result of which is you help to reduce the amount of bacteria on your skin as this oil is where it breeds and multiplies, causing acne to occur or become aggravated.
#3 Be Selective with your Make-Up
Like with the above moisturisers, you also need to be selective with your make-up. Only use oil-free products that don’t clog up the pores on your skin.
#2 Keep your Skin Clean
Another straightforward tip is to make sure you wash your face and body regularly. This is especially important if you exercise, however don’t over-wash as if you consistently scrub or rub your skin it can become irritated and inflamed.
#1 Use an Effective Clinical Treatment
Finally, to minimise your acne you should use a proven clinical treatment that suits your specific needs. there are a number of different options that are proven to reduce acne by up to 40% in just six weeks. Furthermore, they have the knowledge and expertise to know which treatment is the best choice for your skin.
So, don’t continue to feel distressed by your situation, use these 10 tips – which you can of course pick and choose from depending on your preferences – and no matter what your age, gender or circumstances, help minimise your acne.
This is a collaborative post.