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Top tips on beating acne

19 APRIL 2012

When you're an adolescent and your skin erupts in pimples just before a big date, it is reassuring to think that you'll grow out of in a few years.

Sadly, it isn't quite as simple as that. Not only teenagers suffer skin concerns like pimples and blackheads. For adults, too, they always seem to appear at the wrong time and are able to ruin an otherwise perfect look.

The resulting aesthetic damage is significant, and the annoying blemishes are reflected mainly on the face, chest and back.

 

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Here are top tips on how to beat acne:

•  First: Don’t touch! It is essential not to touch or pick at the sores on your face to avoid irritating them even more or cause scarring

•  Water. Drink plenty of water every day. Aim to drink at least two litres of still mineral water. If the skin becomes dehydrated, dead skin cells are not effectively shed, which can lead to blocked pores and further acne.

•  Follow a healthy, balanced diet. Some foods can aggravate acne, such as: chocolate; nuts; fried foods; sausages; sodas; and coffee or dairy products. Of course, these worsen your acne only if you eat them in excess. Eat a little of everything as long as it’s in moderation

•  Skin care, particularly facial cleanliness is key. But don’t overdo it; wash every morning and night. If you clean more than that, you will strip the skin of its defences, thereby worsening acne´s effects. Overwashing can increase the skin’s oiliness but at the same time cause dehydration of the epidermis

•  If you have oily skin, use appropriate cosmetics. Your moisturizing creams, sunscreen, shaving lotion and make-up should all be oil-free products, which will help to improve acne. You can find oil-free products in lots of shops these days 

•  Keep your hair away from your skin. If your hair or anything else around your face is constantly brushing up against the affected area, it could aggravate the acne even more 

•  Be careful with cleaning and removal of eruptions. This should be performed by qualified personnel and not by the patient themselves or unskilled physicians. This can cause scarring and worsen the eruption 

•  If you do see a doctor or dermatologist about your acne, it is important to follow the prescribed treatment in a correct and constant way. This is a key component of healing from previous break-outs and preventing future ones

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