Pimples (also known as spots or zits) are caused by our pores becoming blocked and inflamed. While there are different ways to heal and treat existing spots, the best form of defence against pimples is prevention. Below are just some of the prevention measures worth considering if you want to avoid getting new spots.
Wash your face daily
Not washing your face regularly can lead to a build-up of oil, sweat and dirt. This gets into your pores and causes spots. By washing your face thoroughly every day, you can prevent pores getting blocked.
Washing your face with hot water and soap will get rid of the bulk of oil and dirt.
Use the right skin products
By using the right skin products, you may be able to further prevent spots. Exfoliants are great for using while washing your face. These usually take the form of face scrub creams or gels which help to remove dead skin. You can also try Japanese pore minimizing products. For those with large skin pores, these products can reduce the size of your pores so that they’re not as easily blocked.
Be wary that certain skin products may help to cause spots. If you already have oily skin, it may be worth avoiding oily skin products such as thick moisturisers. Make-up can be very bad for blocking pores – you should try to wear it only for short periods and never go to bed with it still on.
Studies show that stress can increase the development of pimples. Hormones produced while we are stressed can increase the production of oil in our skin so that pores are more easily blocked. Stress can also trigger excess inflammation, causing spots to become angrier and more red in appearance.
By finding ways to reduce stress in your life, you can keep your skin looking healthier. Ways to reduce stress include exercising, meditating, listening to music, laughing and getting a good night’s sleep.
Avoid junk food
Junk foods can also contribute to pimples. When we consume junk foods, our insulin levels spike, leading to inflammation around the body. This involves inflammation of the skin, leading to angry-looking zits and acne.
If you eat a lot of junk food, consider cutting down in order to save your skin. A healthier diet will not only reduce spots but also make your skin smoother and rosier by giving it more of the vitamins that it needs.
Stop touching your face
If you touch your face a lot during the day, you could be increasing the risk of developing spots. Much of the dirt and oils that ends up on our face is transferred there by our hands.
Many of us touch our face hundreds of times throughout the day without even realising we’re doing it. Next time you’re sitting watching TV or working at a desk, consider paying attention to how much you touch your face and try to make a conscious effort to stop. You should particularly avoid squeezing blackheads and spots already on your face as this can often lead to them becoming infected with bacteria from our hands.