Acne and General Skin Care

The collection of sebum and dirt on the face can lead to pores becoming clogged, causing pimples and infections. The T-zone on the face is where most of the sebum producing glands are located and hence where acne is likely to erupt. Use the following tips to minimise acne problems.

Face Care

  • Gently wash your face twice a day with a mild soap and warm water, using circular motions. Gently massage away dirt and oil build-up. Avoid scrubbing or excessive pressure. Do not over-wash the skin as this can lead to more sebum being produced.
  • Wipe away excess oil build-up during the day around the T-zone with a clean unused tissue, avoiding your fingers touching your face unless they are washed.
  • Avoid picking pimples. Applying pressure to the pimple can push infected material and bacteria deeper into the skin causing more inflammation, redness and even scarring. Picking pimples can spread bacteria superficially on the skin surface, leading to further outbreaks.
  • Avoid touching your face. This can introduce new bacteria onto the face as well as spreading bacteria from infected areas. Wash your hands before touching your face. Be aware of items that you place to your face that others may have touched. For example, telephone handsets can collect sebum and bacteria that can end up on your face, leading to further irritation and inflammation.
  • If acne presents itself on the body, avoid wearing tight clothes. Allowing perspiration to evaporate and the skin to breathe is essential. Avoid wearing items of clothing that may collect sebum, dead skin and bacteria, such as scarves, hats and headbands etc.
  • Keep your hair clean and tied back or maintain a short fringe to avoid further oil and dirt touching the face and forehead.
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure as this can lead to more sebum being produced, clogging pores and causing the acne to worsen. Too much sun can also damage the skin, causing it to age prematurely and increase your chances of skin cancer.
  • Gently exfoliate the skin to remove dead skin cells, which can block pores, to allow new skin to come through. Exfoliating can also prevent acne and blemishes occurring, helping to keep the skin clear and unclogged. However, if acne is severe, exfoliating may irritate and worsen the condition.
  • Change your pillowcase twice a week as it can accumulate oil, dead skin cells, dirt and bacteria.
  • Follow the general dietary and health advice under ‘Healthy tips’
  • Choose non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic make-up and sunscreen products.

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