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How to Prevent Pimples & Acne

While acne is not curable and managing breakouts is never easy, the trick is to develop a regular skin care routine designed to help prevent pimples from even beginning.

The key to your success will be staying committed - sticking to your blemish control skin care regimen day in and day out to get clear - and staying with your routine once you are clear.

Why me?

The most important thing to remember about acne is: it is not your fault. Contrary to popular belief, acne is not caused by what you eat, how often you wash your face or workout - it is caused by a combination of factors at work beneath the skin’s surface that are beyond your control, such as:

  • How often your skin sheds skin cells.
  • How your hormone balance affects the amount of oil your skin produces.
  • Genetics - your family history can have a bearing on whether you are acne-prone or not.

What can I do?

The secret to controlling acne is PREVENTION - stopping pimples from forming before it appears as a visible breakout on the skin’s surface. Even after pimples disappear, you should continue to use an effective acne regime to prevent new pimples from forming.

Acne Prevention Tips

One of the most common misconceptions about acne is that it's caused by dirt and diet. Wrong! Acne is caused by a combination of factors beyond our control, like hormone balance and the natural pace of your skin's renewal system.

While acne is definitely not your fault, - it’s important to know that you're not helpless either. You can help your body win the fight against breakouts by giving it what it needs to stay strong and healthy.

Often pimple and acne sufferers attempt to treat their pimples rather than address the cause of the them.

Discover how to help prevent pimples with these easy to follow tips and tricks.

Daily Cleansing Routine – Don’t over-wash

  • Use soap-free products for all of your cleansers. This will help your skin maintain an even natural oils balance and skin tone. Don’t over-wash, either! Your skin can have a very delicate balance – particularly if there are hormonal fluctuations going on – so maintaining a twice daily cleanse with the right products will help your skin discover a natural and healthy complexion.
  • Once you've found a routine that works, stick with it!
  • Skip harsh scrubs.
  • It's okay to exfoliate, but make sure you use a gentle formula with small, smooth grains.
  • Avoid products with almond or apricot shell fragments; they can irritate and even tear your skin and further aggravate your skin.

Say no to alcohol

  • If you use a toner, avoid products with high concentrations of isopropyl alcohol, or common rubbing alcohol.
  • Alcohol is a strong astringent that strips the top layer of your skin, causing your sebaceous glands to produce more oil. The result? Dry, red skin — and potentially even more blemishes.

Healthy eating helps fight acne

  • While diet doesn't cause spots, a balanced diet can help give your body what it needs to fight pimples.
  • Don't skip breakfast - breakfast jump-starts your metabolism to give you energy throughout the day.
  • In general, choose fresh fruit over french fries, and eat balanced meals with foods from all four food groups.
  • Drink at least eight glasses of water every day – and even more if you exercise.


Movement improves circulation and helps you relax, reduce stress and increase your energy levels. Your skin also benefits from the increase in blood flow that results from a higher heart rate and oxygen level in the bloodstream.

On the other hand, when you exercise, your movement generates heat, and clothing and equipment cause friction. Until you shower off, heat and moisture are trapped against your skin, creating an ideal breeding ground for the spread of bacteria. So:

  • Remove makeup before you exercise.
  • If you are prone to body blemishes, wear loose-fitting cotton clothing when exercising.
  • Whenever you can, shower off immediately after exercising.

Don't squeeze, pick or pop your pimple

Squeezing or picking your zits — with fingernails, pins or anything else — can force bacteria deeper into the skin, causing increased inflammation and infection.You'll also increase the damage to surrounding skin tissue, making a permanent acne scar much more likely.

Hands off!

Excessive touching of your face, including rubbing or even resting your chin in your hands, can drive bacteria into your pores increasing the likelihood of pimples.

Protect Skin with Sunscreen

Protect your skin with sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15+. Over exposure to the sun can result in oil imbalances, dry skin and an excess of dead skin cells. These are the prime conditions for blemishes and pimple breakouts so even if it doesn’t look like it’s a sunny day outside, protect your skin anyway.

Choose the right makeup products

Some makeup products can also exacerbate sensitive skin types. Choose oil-free makeups which actually help you to actively fight breakouts and always remember to remove your makeup thoroughly before exercise and before sleep. Makeup can block your pores and help bacteria to take hold in small pockets of your skin so cleanse, cleanse, cleanse!


A good night's sleep (at least 7-8 hours) can do wonders for your complexion. How? A healthy, well-rested body has the resources to build a strong immune system. While a robust immune system won't prevent spots altogether, it can help fight infection so your pimples clear up more quickly.


When you become tense, your adrenal glands flood your bloodstream with the hormone cortisol. Cortisol triggers the sweat glands in your face to produce more oil, which can result in zits.

It’s important to take time out every day to relax - read a book, take a bath, practice yoga, or do whatever makes you feel happy and calm. Being relaxed is an important step towards overall good health…and beautiful, healthy skin.

Best Products for Acne Management

Finding the best acne treatment is about discovering the best products for acne and acne cream designed to help you not only control your blemishes and breakouts, but also help you discover a clean and fresh skin complexion.

Pimples and mild acne breakouts can be effectively managed with a strong daily cleansing regime that contains the right products for fighting blocked and angry pores and helping prevent them from becoming pimples in the first place.

Off-the-shelf Acne Treatments

For mild acne and breakouts, there are many off-the-shelf products which don’t require a medical prescription for use and can be highly effective in preventing breakouts.

Benzoyl Peroxide is the active cleansing ingredient in Proactiv and other acne creams and cleansers. It can be effective in managing blemishes and stopping them from developing in breakouts. Found in 2.5% and 5% concentrations, it’s important to read any product’s ingredient and concentration list to ensure you’re selecting the right product for your skin.

Other products for acne treatment can include Salicylic Acid which is usually found in spot treatments to help shed dead skin cells and manage the oil in your skin.

Side effects

Both active ingredients can result in side-effects which may affect your skin tone and complexion. The most common side-effect experienced by users of both products is usually dryness but often this is mild and can be managed with an oil-free, light moisturiser.

It’s also important to note that Benzoyl Peroxide, as a bleaching agent, can sometimes discolour towels and fabrics so you should always wash your hands thoroughly after applying.

Pay careful attention to how your skin reacts with any new product by exposing only a small area first. This will help you manage irritations and potential blemishes resulting from products you have never used before.

  • Dryness: The most common side effect, dryness, is usually mild. If the skin is visibly scaly, apply a light oil-free moisturiser. NOTE: If you experience dryness, irritation or dermatitis, you may want to give your skin some time to recover by trying a lower concentration or reduce the frequency of use.
  • Irritation: Mild irritation may be reduced by less frequent use. Keep from eyes, lips, mouth and sensitive areas of the neck. If excessive swelling, irritation, redness or peeling occurs, discontinue use. If these persist, consult a physician. Avoid excessive exposure to sunlight and other sources of ultra violet light.
  • Dermatitis: Contact dermatitis (red, dry, itchy skin) can be caused by irritation or allergy. If you experience contact dermatitis, discontinue use immediately and treat it with a mild topical steroid, such as hydrocortisone cream (available in most pharmacies), or consult a healthcare professional.
  • Bleaching of clothing: Benzoyl Peroxide products may bleach or discolour towels and fabrics. Wash hands after use and allow skin to dry completely before coming into contact with clothing.

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