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When it comes to preventing acne, we have good news and bad news. The bad? Some people are simply more prone to acne than others due to factors like genetics, hormones and lifestyle. The good? There are still plenty of things you can do to prevent and manage breakouts. Here are some tips to help you keep your skin happy, clear and balanced.
- Build a consistent skincare routine
A good, consistent skincare routine is key to managing acne. And it doesn’t have to be one of those 10-step routines either. Just three simple steps — cleansing, moisturising, and wearing SPF — will be enough to form the core of your routine.
In the am and pm, use a gentle cleanser to wash away dirt and grime, then follow with a moisturiser to keep your skin feeling hydrated and comfortable. And make sure you’re applying SPF each morning — it’s the best thing you can do to keep your skin protected and healthy in the long term.
- Look for non-comedogenic products
If you’re prone to acne, look for skincare products that are non-comedogenic, meaning they won’t clog your pores and cause unwelcome blemishes. Steer clear of richly textured creams and prioritise lightweight, water-based formulas instead.
- Practice good hygiene habits
Avoid touching your face too much, as this can transfer bacteria and oil from your hands to your skin, clogging pores and leading to pimples.
Change your pillowcases often and avoid using a towel to dry your face, as this can contribute to acne. Instead, use a clean cloth or let your face airdry.
And if you like wearing makeup, make sure you’re regularly washing your makeup brushes which can harbour bacteria and cause breakouts.
- Eat a healthy diet
Your diet can also play a big role in preventing acne. Try to eat a balanced diet with plenty of vegetables, fruit, protein and whole grains. And while we love the occasional treat just like everyone else, try to limit your intake of sugary, greasy and processed foods.
- Consider your lifestyle choices
Stress can wreak havoc on your skin and trigger breakouts, so make sure to take time for yourself to relax and give stress-reducing techniques a try.
A good night's sleep is not only good for your well-being, but it also benefits your skin. When you sleep, your skin enters repair mode, so aim to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night to prevent acne and keep your skin looking its best.
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