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Monday, December 1, 2014


Dealing with acne isn't just about what lotions you put on your skin. You could see your acne improve if you make some simple changes to your daily routine. Here are some tips you can use to prevent pimples before they happen.

CHANGE OUT YOUR PILLOWCASE EVERY FOUR OR FIVE DAYS: A fresh, bacteria-free pillowcase can stop your skin from erupting overnight.

KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF YOUR FACE: If you tend to rest your chin in your palm, or you're constantly fussing with your face, stop. The oils on your hands can cause breakouts, even in small amounts.

DO NOT PICK OR POP PIMPLES: Doing so can make the infection worse and lead to permanent scarring.

TIE YOUR HAIR BACK WHILE YOU SLEEP: If you have long hair, keep it off your face while you rest. Braid it back, and use pins or a headband to keep bangs off your forehead.

GET YOUR BEAUTY REST: Stress can lead to breakouts, so make sure you're well-rested and calm.

CHANGE YOUR BIRTH CONTROL (FEMALES): Some oral contraceptives containing estrogen can calm down regular breakouts. Ask your doctor if this is the right choice for you.

SEE A DERMATOLOGIST:  If you can't get the problem under control by yourself, visit a doctor. He or she can prescribe serious treatments such as Accutane, Retin-A or red-blue light treatments.

CONSIDER A SALICYLIC ACID FACE WASH: Some anti-acne face cleansers contain salicylic acid, which kills the bacteria that can cause acne. To prevent drying out your face, start using a salicylic acid wash only in the mornings and see if that's sufficient. If you still need more help, use it at night as well.

USE SPOT TREATMENTS:  There are several products that you can dab onto active zits to reduce redness and kill bacteria. Two of the most popular are salicylic acid gel and benzoyl peroxide cream.
For extra help, try using both formulations. Be aware that benzoyl peroxide can bleach hair and clothing.

(Bola Akinboade-Bello is a lifestyle blogger, fashion designer and beauty therapist/cosmetologist. She started her journey into the fashion and beauty industry as a model in 1999 and modelled for top fashion and beauty brands. In March 2006, she joined City People Media Group as a style writer, and rose with a short period to become the Fashion Editor. Her clothing line, Betyl BAT Clothing and Accessories and natural skincare range, Chanterelle Skincare, are doing great in the market)

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