Acne is the most common skincare condition in the United States. While there are a number of common myths about acne, it’s certainly true that many young adults struggle with breakouts. Hormone production surges during adolescence, which results in the overproduction of sebum, an oil that lubricates hair and skin. The sebum clogs the skin’s pores, which causes acne. Fortunately, there are a number of skincare tips that can help teens to control acne.
1. Gentle Wash
Use a mild soap specifically designed for acne and wash your face twice a day. Make sure you massage the face instead of aggressively scrubbing it.
2. Don’t Pop Pimples
Popping pimples may push infected material deeper into the skin and lead to scarring. What’s more, when you pop your pimples, you can cause the surrounding skin to become red or inflamed.
3. Keep Hands Clean
We touch our face with our hands frequently throughout the day, and may be unaware of how the hands can transmit dirt and bacteria. Always wash your hands before applying anything to your face.
4. Remove Makeup
Women who wear makeup should thoroughly wash their face each night to remove makeup before going to bed.
5. Wash Hair Regularly
The oils from hair can clog pores and cause breakouts. If you deal with breakouts on the forehead or near the hairline, it’s recommended that you wash your hair regularly to reduce acne.
6. Avoid Tight Clothes
Tight clothes can cause occlusion of hair follicles and sweat, preventing the skin from “breathing,” which can delay acne from clearing up and may promote further breakouts on the trunk.
7. Clean Your Glasses
People who wear glasses may be prone to acne around the nose and eyes. Clean the frame of your glasses regularly to avoid clogged pores and blemishes.