How to Prevent Pimples
There is no way of knowing whether pimple prevention is required until the dreaded pimples actually crop up and refuse to go away on their own. However, it is a safe bet that most teenagers and a high number of adults are going to have pimples at some point and to certain degree.
If the problem has been traditionally sharp in previous family generations, you can count on having it, too. If the problem looms on the horizon and appears as a hereditarily encoded time bomb, some preventive measures are definitely in order before the pimples develop. And if pimples have ever beset you in the past, they might come back in the future, too.
The most basic form of pimple prevention is hygiene and prophylactic skin care. Regular washing of endangered areas with mild soap is a must. Such soap need not essentially contain any chemicals designed to prevent pimples - the only watchword is scrupulous hygiene. However, face washing should not be overdone or the skin will become dehydrated and the problem will be more.
Pimple-prone skin should be kept free of heavy makeup, particularly the kind that has a heavy fatty content. Theatrical makeup of any kind and for any reason should be firmly avoided, as should the water-resistant kind. Go for hypoallergenic grades of makeup - these may not have as spectacular a cosmetic effect, but they are absolutely friendlier on pimple-prone skin.
If you are on any kind of antidepressant or antipsychotic medications, check with your psychiatrist and dermatologist about the possibility of skin changes. Women on birth control pills may want to consider alternative methods of contraception if recurrent pimple invasion is a problem for them. This change should be initiated in consultation with a gynecologist.
There is direct evidence linking fatty foods with the incidence of pimples; and avoiding these foods on general principle cannot be anything but an excellent idea.
In short, some possible measures you can take to prevent pimples are:
- Relax regularly for a certain period of time. Your body restores and refreshes skin cells while you are relaxing. Teenagers are notorious for not getting rest but it is essential in helping to prevent pimples.
- Do not squeeze or pick at pimples because this has the risk of producing a more severe infection.
- After you exercise take a shower so that the sweat does not contribute to clogging your pores and producing another pimple outbreak.
- Wear clean white t-shirts to help keep pimple off your back. The white t-shirts tend to absorb the excess oils in your skin and will help to prevent pimple on your back at least.
- Before going to bed, clean off any makeup. Again, the key here is to keep your pores clear of oil and bacteria and help prevent pimple outbreaks. After washing, you can use a cleaning solution on your skin containing what is known as Salicylic Acid.