There are many reasons for the sudden break-out: stress, irregular hormone levels and diet. Whether you suffer from recurrent spot or just want to stay on top of the situation, we have the guide to keep you in the clear: Keep your skin clean without stripping it of its natural oils. When you cleanse too much, your skin is irritated and reacts. Keep exfoliators to a weekly or bi-weekly basis, and watch out for toners that contain alcohol. Running to the chemist might just help, but look for the right ingredients. Benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and glycolic acid are your friends. Most people feel a pimple before it rears its ugly head. This is the time to act and whip out the pimple treatment. Stress is a major cause of acne due because it increases oil production in the skin. Learn to breathe and just move on. Never touch your face! Imagine how many germs your pick up throughout the day, from the keyboard at work to your cellphone and gym equipment? A cold compress is great. Place a sealed block of ice on the affected area to decrease the swelling. Don’t try to pop it. Bacteria will enter this way and makes it worse, also leaving a mark you have to deal with later. If your acne is hormonal, you might need to consider a birth control pill to regulate your hormones. Invest in a primer that treats acne and that you can apply before your makeup. If you’re prone to facial hair, some pimples are caused by regrowth so ensure to remove dead skin cells – we suggest a mechanical facial brush.
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