Preventing acne begins with an understanding of what causes acne in the first place and the factors that trigger the flare-ups. No one can pinpoint exactly why acne develops, but there are indications that hormonal imbalance may have something to do with it. Hormonal imbalance sets off the overproduction of sebum and when sebum mixes with the dirt on the surface of the skin, the pores of the skin may clog. When the pores are clogged, the dirt and microbes (among them, the acne-causing bacteria) can not ever get out of the skin, and that begins the infection that is acne. To put it simply, acne, then is an infection that is triggered by hormonal imbalance. But as you can also see, it's not really hormonal imbalance that you should be concerned about. Rather, you should be more worried about keeping the dirt and bacteria from your skin because without these and without your pores getting clogged, acne will not be a problem to begin with.
So even if you have a problem with your hormones, preventing acne flare-ups is still possible by simply changing your lifestyle and daily routine. Following are some of the good habits you can do from sunup to sundown that can greatly help in preventing acne:
- Start the day with a smile to keep the negative vibes away.
- Drink a glass of water (preferably with a few drops of fresh lemon juice) upon arising in the morning to detoxify and cleanse your system.
- Wash your face with a mild soap or cleanser that's specifically formulated to prevent acne. There are soaps that contain sulfur, a mineral that's found to prevent acne and offer many benefits to the skin. If you are set off by the smell of sulfur soap, try a non-comedogenic cleanser or lavender oil (see package instructions on how to use lavender oil as a cleanser).
- Exercise. Do brisk walking for 30 minutes to maintain good blood circulation, a very important factor in skin health.
- Drink another glass of water to rehydrate yourself. Eat a banana or an energy bar to restore your energy.
- Take a bath when you're done exercising and ready to leave for work. If you have acne-prone skin, adding a few drops of lavender oil in your bath water is a good idea.
- Apply organic sunscreen to keep your face protected from the harmful rays of the sun. Avoid using makeup, especially the kinds that are chemically-formulated because they contain waxes and oils that can clog the pores, and chemicals that can irritate the skin.
- Make wise food choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Foods that are high in fat and glycemic index have a tendency to cause acne flare-ups and these you must therefore avoid. Load up instead on raw vegetables and fruits, especially those that are high in fiber content and antioxidants.
- Drink half a glass of water every hour. It's cleansing.
- Avoid stress during the day. Stress has been linked to acne flare-ups, possibly because it causes an imbalance in your system. Do not bury yourself under your desk. Have a few minutes of free time to yourself. Organize your time and your work so you do not freak out. Do not do more than what you can carry, physically and mentally.
- Wash your face in the evening. Tone and moisturize.
- Drink another glass of water at bedtime.
- Change your beddings.
- Sleep early. You need to have at least seven to eight hours of restful sleep everyday, not only to prevent acne, but also to have beautiful, glowing, and youngger-looking skin in the morning.