Preventing Adult Acne

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There are several causes of adult acne. Acne can hinder your quality of life, affecting your self-esteem, confidence and even day-to-day activities. Understanding what causes it can help you take the right steps to prevent it.

Switch to Oil-Free Products

Make sure you’re using skin care products that won’t clog your pores. Look for products that are labeled oil-free, noncomedogenic or water-based.

Wash Your Face Twice a Day

Washing your face three or more times a day can actually make your face more likely to develop acne. When you wash too much, your skin can end up producing more oil, which increases your risk of acne. Cleansing twice a day is enough to remove dirt without causing dryness.

Avoid Foods with Iodine

Foods that contain iodine can lead to acne if you eat too much of it. Iodine, which is in shellfish, spinach, kelp and other greens, builds up in your body over time, increasing your risk.

Skip Sugary Treats

Sugary foods, in combination with certain kinds of fat, can cause acne inflammation. By adding more sugar to your diet, your insulin levels to rise, which increases hormones that produce oil.

Wash Your Pillowcase

Your pillowcase harbors oil and other debris that can cause breakouts. Wash your pillowcase once a week to remove dirt and substances.

Don’t Touch Your Face

Putting your hands on your face introduces new oil and dirt, causing breakouts. When you’re sitting at your desk, avoid touching your face as much as possible.

Protect Your Skin from the Sun

Use lightweight sunscreen and moisturizer on your face if you’ll be out in the sun, especially for long periods of time. Exposure to sunlight can trigger adult acne, so it’s important to make sure your skin is protected.

Work Out

Exercising on a regular basis can actually lower your risk of breakouts. When you exercise, your body gets rid of dirt through sweat. Exercising also improves your circulation, leaving you with skin that looks much healthier overall.

Drink Plenty of Water

Drinking water throughout the day helps keep your skin hydrated. When your skin is hydrated and elastic, it’s less likely to crack and let in external particles that can cause acne.

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