Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Tips to Prevent Pimples and Enjoy Clear Skin

Acne breakouts afflict millions of people every year, and they're not limited to teenagers. Over 25% of adults suffer from this skin condition as well. Acne has a crushing psychological impact, lowering self-esteem and making us feel unattractive. Although there is no known cure, there are easy tips you can follow to prevent pimples and future flare-ups.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and this is true for acne, too--the secret to fighting it is to prevent the conditions that cause it. By adding some simple measures into your daily skin care regimen and lifestyle, you can greatly decrease the likelihood of ever seeing whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples, and this means fewer scars, too.

Here are three proven tips you can follow today to get clearer skin.

1) Drink more water.

Do you consume 8 glasses of water every day? Many of us do not. By drinking plenty of water, you will hydrate your skin from the inside out. This will help flush your system of byproducts, bacteria, and other toxins that can clog pores and damage skin. Also, hydrating with water will help your skin retain beneficial moisture that can contribute toward a healthy complexion.

2) Wash your face twice a day.

How often do you wash your face? If you're cleansing more than twice a day, you're overdoing it. Contrary to popular perception, dirt does not cause acne breakouts, so washing several times a day will not prevent pimples.

In fact, excessive washing can actually dry out the skin, stimulating your sebaceous glands to produce more oil as a defensive response--leading to flare-ups. For best results, limit yourself to cleansing your face in the morning, and at night before you go to bed.

3) Use the right facial cleanser.

Your choice of facial cleanser is important. Alcohol-based astringents and toners can strip away your skin's natural acid layer, making you vulnerable to the bacteria that can cause acne. Avoid any facial skin care product that contains ethanol, ethyl alcohol, methanol, benzyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol and SD alcohol.

Look, instead, for gentle natural ingredients that work in harmony with your skin to promote even tone and good health. Some natural ingredients beneficial for skin: natural vitamin E, avocado extract, and active manuka honey.

The most important tip of all to prevent pimples and acne breakouts? Stick to a daily skin care regimen. If you suffer from mild acne, many over the counter products can dramatically improve your complexion if you persevere and use them regularly in conjunction with the simple tips offered here. Don't get discouraged--clearer skin is coming soon!

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