9 TIPS FOR PREVENTING ACNE

1. Keep Your Face Clean: Endeavor to wash your face twice daily to remove impurities, dead skin cells, and extra oil from your skin’s surface. Excessive washing is not good, it may be detrimental to your skin. Use warm, not hot, water and a mild facial cleanser. Using a harsh soap (like deodorant body soap) can hurt the already inflamed skin and cause more irritation. Avoid scrubbing your skin harshly with a coarse sponge. Gently wash it with  a very soft cloth or your hands. Always rinse well, and then dry your face with a clean towel.

2. Moisturize: Many beauty products contain some ingredients that may cause skin to dry up. Supplement such products with a moisturizer so as to reduce dryness and skin peeling. There are moisturizers made for oily, dry, or combination skin. So note your type of skin when you shop for your type of moisturizer.

3. Seek Medical Advise if Severe: For mild outbreaks, you can try an over-the-counter acne product. These acne products don’t need a prescription. For severe outbreaks, meet with a dermatologist to recommend the best acne product. Most of them have ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or lactic acid, which curb bacteria and dry your skin. They may cause drying or peeling so start with a small amount at first. Then you can adjust how much you use and how often. Another option is a new OTC topical retinoid gel. It works to actually keep the acne from forming. Use these products with caution if you

have a sensitive skin.

4. Use makeup sparingly: Oftentimes, makeup can cause or aggravate an acne breakout. During a breakout, avoid wearing foundation, powder, or blush. If you do wear makeup, wash it off at the end of the day. If possible, choose oil-free cosmetics that do not contain artificial dyes and chemicals.

5. Keep Your Hands Off Your Face: Avoid touching your face or propping your cheek or chin on your hands. Not only can you spread bacteria, you can also irritate the already inflamed facial skin. Never pick or pop pimples with your fingers, as it can lead to infection and scarring.

6. Don’t Allow Too Much Sun on Your Face: The sun’s ultraviolet rays can increase inflammation and redness, and can cause post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (dark discoloration). Some acne medications may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Limit your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and wear protective clothing, oftentimes your hijab serves as a very good protection for your face. Thank Allah. Whether you have pimples or not, always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreenwith SPF 30 or higher at least 20 minutes before sun exposure.

7. Always Use “Noncomedogenic” Products: Always look for products tagged “noncomedogenic,” meaning it should not cause acne. Read the ingredients list on the product label before buying to ensure your skin does not react to any of them. Look for “noncomedogenic” on the sunscreen label to make new pimples less likely.

8. Nourish Your Skin: Most experts agree that certain foods, like chocolate, don’t cause pimples. Still, it makes sense to avoid greasy food and junk food and add more fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains to your diet. Dairy products and foods high in processed sugar may trigger acne. Avoid these.

9. Exercise Daily and Reduce Stress: Regular exercise helps to aerate all parts of the body, including your skin. When you exercise, avoid wearing clothing or using exercise equipment that rubs your skin and may cause irritation. Shower or bathe right after exercise to remove sweats and other impurities from the skin. Reduce your stress levels too.  Some studies suggest that the severity of pimples or acne can be linked with stress. Ask yourself what’s making you feel stressed. Then look for solutions. Trust in Allah.

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