It’s estimated that over 50 million individuals in the US suffer from acne. While we tend to think of adolescents who bear the brunt of the skin condition, acne is in fact present in both children and adults, with many people suffering a blow to their confidence. Taking good care of your skin is critical for fighting against acne. However, if you’re not sure where to start, here is a guide on how to fight acne and achieve the glowing complexion you desire.
Wash your face daily
As part of a good skincare routine, you must get into the habit of washing your face daily as part of your morning and evening rituals. Research has shown that those who wash their face twice a day notice significant improvements in acne lesions over those who do not. While washing your face helps to get rid of excess oil, dirt, and reduce pore blockages, it may also help with acne.
If you are prone to dry skin, this causes your body to make more oil. And if you have more oil, this can clog your pores and raise your risk of a breakout. To stop your skin from becoming irritated and dry, make sure you moisturize daily. Similar to a cleanser, your moisturizer does not have to be expensive or feature the best ingredients on the market. In the winter months especially, the colder climate can leave your skin feeling dry, tight, and dried out which is why you should use a heavier moisturizer during this period.
Get plenty of sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep is necessary for all sorts of reasons, such as improving cognitive function, lowering blood pressure, and giving you energy for the day ahead. And if you suffer from acne, poor quality sleep can exacerbate the risk of skin breakouts. If you’re always feeling tired and rundown, you may notice your acne is more prominent, which is why you need to aim for at least eight hours of sleep each night. For those who struggle to get enough sleep, avoiding naps, going to bed and getting up at the same each day, and incorporating regular exercise into your routine is key.
Consider birth control
There are many reasons to use birth control pills. While the obvious is to prevent getting pregnant, you may not realize the positive benefits birth control can bring for reducing acne. If you are thinking about using birth control for reducing acne, you must first read about the types of birth control pills which are approved by the FDA.
While it may seem like an obvious tip, drinking plenty of water throughout the day can play a part in reducing acne. Drinking between six and eight glasses of water each day can help in establishing a healthy level of water in your body, which will reduce the signs of acne, dryness, and boost skin elasticity.
Whether you have mild, moderate, or severe acne, all the guidance above may help in treating the condition and soothing your skin. If you have any concerns or aren’t sure what to do first, make sure you speak to a doctor about your acne who will give you further recommendations.
Do you have any tips on fighting acne? Let us know in the comments section below!
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