A very common skin disorder and the most despised one at that is Acne or pimples. These usually occur after one hits puberty, hence very common among teenagers. Lucky for guys, we can cover them up with a beard. However, shaving is going to be a real pain. Literally. So the best solution is to prevent acne and pimples.
Acne and Pimples are usually caused because of excessively oily skin, bacteria or hormonal imbalance. Other factors such as genetics, stress, certain medications, etc… can also trigger or worsen them.
There are many ways to treat acne or pimples. The following is a list of top 10 tips to prevent acne and pimples in men that are successful in reducing acne and keeping them away. For good.
1.Wash your face twice a day
Acne or Pimples are not a result of a dirty or dusty face. However, it is important to wash your face regularly, to clean the dirt and oil sticking on it.
Use a mild face wash and preferably warm water when washing your face. This also helps in freshening you up. Salicylic acid is very effective in pimple treatment. So next time you are buying your face wash, make sure this ingredient is present in the composition.
Also, remember to exfoliate twice a week. This helps in removing dead skin cells.Don’t overdo it as this may cause your skin to become dry.
2.Wash your hair regularly
Greasy hair can lead to dandruff. And with dandruff, you are more likely to get pimples or acne. If you have dandruff, make sure your hair is always off your face and that you wash your hair often. This will help preventing acne or pimples.
Use of anti-dandruff products can help keeping the dandruff in check.
Read more about controlling dandruff in our blog on Seven grooming mistakes that every man does
As previously stressed in all our blogs, drinking water has many benefits and this is one of them. Not only does not drinking enough water cause dehydration, but it also increases pimples and acne.
Staying hydrated at all times also keeps your skin looking fresh and body cool.
Drinking water throughout the day also helps in detoxing your body.
Choose water and fresh fruits’ juice over soda.
4.Stop Popping or Squeezing or Scratching a pimple
However tempting it might be, it is best to keep your hands away from your face. Especially when you have pimples or acne.
Your hands are a breeding ground for bacteria. Touching your face with them can spread it to your face, causing a breakout. So, make sure your hands are clean at all times.
Squeezing a pimple can push bacteria, debris and pus deeper into your skin. And scratching can lead to temporary or permanent scarring.
Popping a pimple makes it all the more worse.
Let the pimple or acne heal by itself. Use over-the-counter skin care treatments to help gain some relief.
Avoid using steroids, as you more at risk to develop acne when using them.
5.Visit a Dermatologist
If you cannot control the acne or pimple growth, and it seems to be getting worse by the day, it is best to talk to a dermatologist and follow the treatment provided.
The Dermatologist will prescribe you with some antibiotics that will help keep the growth in control. They will also find the probable underlying root cause and help tackle the problem to prevent it in the future.
The sun’s UV rays can be really harsh, especially if you are prone to pimples or acne. It increases inflammation of the skin, and can cause hyperpigmentation. Over-exposure to this heat, can also lead to overproduction of oils, leading to acne or pimples.
If you are under treatment for acne or pimples, it makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight. So, irrespective of whether you are in or out, always remember to apply sunscreen. At least twice a day.
To all the men rolling your eyes at that, here’s a fun fact – sunlight can make your acne or pimple scars darker. Applying sunscreen will help them fade.
Apart from this, using sunscreen regularly can also help protect you from wrinkles and sunspots.
Stress causes inflammation leading to breakouts. Consider involving yourself into other activities to reduce stress. Focus on what is troubling you and try working out a solution, without stressing out too much.
Here are a few methods you could try to reduce stress:
- Talking to your support group
- Doing what you like
8.Shaving and Moisturizing
Make sure your blade is sharp and clean before you start shaving. Wash your face with warm water to soften the skin and apply shaving gel. Shave in one direction, top to bottom.
After you are done, use a mild moisturizer or after shave to moisturize your skin, to prevent skin irritation. Consider switching to an electric shaver as they are less likely to cause inflammation or cuts.
9.Eat right. Work out. Sleep.
If you are prone to acne and pimples, following a balanced diet combined with an exercise routine can help reduce their growth. Refrain from eating oily, fatty foods.
If you are too busy to go to the gym or exercise at home, consider jogging or walking in the morning.
Your body needs rest. Make sure you get at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep in a day. This helps prevents stress.
Check out our article on 10 EATING HABITS THAT AFFECT YOUR HEALTH that speaks about how you can implement changes for better health and fitness.
10.. Wear Clean and Loose-Fitting Clothes
Wash your clothes including your bed sheets and pillow covers regularly. Dirty clothes are breeding grounds for bacteria.
Wearing loose or sweat-wicking clothes will keep your body cool and reduce pimple development.Tight clothes trap sweat, increasing bacteria and risk of developing acne and pimples.
Prevention is better than Cure. We all know this obvious statement. And since the first noticeable part of your body is your face, you need to pay more attention to it. Looking good will also make you feel good, boosting your self-confidence and self-esteem.
Remember, you are not alone in this fight against acne. They can be easily prevented using the above mentioned methods. Now, don’t go expecting them to work perfect overnight. They will take at least a week or two, or more to start working.
Don’t lose hope though, and don’t stop midway!
Finally, if nothing seems to work even after 7-8 weeks, visit a dermatologist.
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