Time after time, we are asked, what behaviors a person should follow in order to reduce acne. There are so many things that go into our acne problems, no matter how small. Why do some indigenous populations not have to suffer through acne, and yet our entire population has acne problems to some degree or another.
But, no need to fear, there are things we can do to increase our chances of avoiding acne. Let us walk through some behaviors we can do to keep ourselves acne free.
Wake up on clean sheets. Wash your sheets and pillow cases at least once a week to decrease oils and dead skin cell buildup that can clog your pores overnight.
When you shower, make sure to keep the shampoo and conditioner off of your skin. It is made for hair, not skin. This is often the reason for acne along the crown.
Wash your face with an exfoliator. Either use a loofah or washcloth to scrub, or use a product that has an abrasive ingredient. This should be thorough but not harsh. The purpose is to wipe the dead skin cells from your face, not scratch the epidermis, leaving scars that bacteria can grow in.
Buy a toner or an astringent, depending on your skin quality. Astringents are for oily skin, toners for regular or dry skin. Use a cotton swab to wipe onto your skin.
Apply a moisturizer with a sunscreen. This protects the skin from the sun and acts as a buffer from smog, exhaust, and dirt.
Avoid touching your face throughout the day; remember everything on your hands can be transferred to the face.
Drink lots of water. Many of us drink less than a gallon a day. Enough to keep us hydrated, but not enough to properly flush ourselves. By keeping our water levels high we increase the possibility of removing toxins from our skin that can build up and lead to acne.
At the end of the day of the day, repeat the washing and toning from the beginning of the day. But make sure that you clean before 10 pm. The skin renews from 10pm-2am, so it is important to clean it before that.