10 Ways To Prevent Acne and Pimples

Best day spa Jessa Skin in San Rafael, California lists the top 10 tips to prevent acne and pimples.

Whether you are 14 or 45 years old, there is no moment more dreaded than waking up to a new pimple on your face.  While some women want to vent about their blemishes, others want to cover them up with slathers of makeup and hope no one will notice.  Whichever coping method you’ve been using, there is a better way. No doubt that pimples and acne are frustrating, but the good news is that pimples are preventable!  From things you can do around your home to the right treatments to seek at a spa, here are 10 things that you can easily do to prevent pimples from forming.

1. Avoid Toxic Products

From drugstore skincare products to household cleaning products in your home, toxic ingredients cause havoc on the skin.  Be diligent about reading labels on every product you use especially if you are prone to breakouts.  When your body comes into contact with these toxic ingredients, it naturally wants to detox them out of your system…in the form of pimples on your body and face. Any product that contains fragrance, perfume, alcohol and parabens are sure to be avoided.

2. Avoid Overloading Your Hormones

If your body has an overload of hormones, it can cause acne. There are many ways that your body releases hormones: lack of sleep, stress, teen years, menstral cycle, birth control and foods that you eat.

3. Make Healthy Food Choices

Your daily diet absolutely plays into acne breakouts.  While meat, soy, wheat, flaxseed and dairy can cause hormone overloads, so can eating food products from plastic containers or bottles. One of the worst culprits for causing acne is highly processed foods. Those foods aggravate your body and digestive system which can cause  mild to severe inflammation which leads to acne.  We strongly recommend that you take vitamins to make sure you are not deficient in anything and drink plenty of water throughout the day to flush toxins.

4. Balance Your Hormones

Every seven to ten years (or if you just had a baby), your body’s hormone balance will change. Sometimes this can create more or less acne so, be prepared! Work with an Esthetician to help you manage the changes in your skin.

5. Schedule Professional Extractions

While you are neutralizing your acne or if you’ve had a bad breakout, book regular extractions from an Esthetician. Never extract your acne at home unless you have professional training because you will cause scarring and damage to your pores causing more acne. When your acne is under control, you can get extractions less often.

6. Invest in Professional Exfoliations

Regular peels and microdermabrasion can greatly improve pitted scarring
and active breakouts. At home, it is impossible to get the same percentages or depths of a peel that a professional can do for you. It is best to budget for professional extractions with exfoliation four times a year.

7. Wash Your Face Twice A Day

If you miss even one wash a day, you can get a breakout.  A facial cleanser with exfoliation can help kill the bacteria that is causing the acne and help your skin turn the dead cells over. You will need to moisturize with exfoliants and bacteria killing products.  One of our favorite cleansers for people with acne prone skin is our Lemongrass Pimple Clear Foamy Cleanser.  It has a balanced formula of aloe, coconut, olive, jojoba and is a magnet for dirt and oils.

8. Use Sunscreen

It is a common belief that the sun dries up acne and helps clear up the skin. This is actually untrue because the sun puts radiation into the skin causing more cells to mutate, more redness and long healing times. The sun aggravates acne causing breakouts.  Make sure to
choose a good zinc / titanium based sunscreen or apply a thick even layer of
mineral makeup everyday to avoid the suns damaging rays.

9. Wash Away Sweat

If you do sports, exercise or just get hot and sweaty – watch out! Sweat on your face creates bacteria to grow and encourages a breakout. If you do a long workout and leave sweat on your face for 30 minutes to 1 hour, you may have some unwelcome visitors on your face. The best advice is to wash or tone your face right after your workout.

10. Change Your Pillow Case

If you are especially prone to breakouts, change your pillow case daily. Throughout the night, sweat and oil builds up on your pillowcase which creates the perfect environment to clog up your skin. Tip: Flip your pillow over to get two nights out of one pillow case.  If you have acne stock up on pillow cases you will need three a week.

If you have regular breakouts that feel beyond your control, consult with an expert esthetician to create a plan especially designed for you.  At Jessa Skin, we have numerous skincare treatments and products to help you manage acne and achieve healthy, glowing, vibrant skin.

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