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3 Ways to Deal With Acne

If you have ever had to deal with acne, you know that it presents itself at the most inopportune time. If there was some magic remedy to prevent acne it would be everywhere. But since there is no magic pill, here are some of the ways you can use to treat acne and reduce acne outbreaks:

1. Exercise

Regular exercise can help fight acne by fighting off negative stress levels that can come from negative self-esteem and depression. Remember to avoid wearing tight exercise outfits as these synthetic fabrics that tend to trap body moisture and heat, creating an ideal environment for bacteria to grow. Stick to loose clothing made of cotton or natural blends, and keep your sports gear and equipment clean.

2. Safe Cosmetics

To avoid pore-clogging and skin irritations that can contribute to acne, use products labeled "oil-free." Also consider choosing "hypo-allergenic" perfumes and cosmetics to avoid allergic reactions and skin irritation.

Shimmering facial colors can contain a flaky mineral called mica that can cause skin irritations and clog pores. Use a lip gloss with a matte finish for less pore-clogging. The more the shine, the more then comedogenic content and the more your pores can clog.

3. Stress

Stress includes external and internal stressors. External Stressors are those that compromise your skin's ability to heal, like oily make-up and too much sun. Internal stressors like anxiety, fear, low self-esteem, depression and a variety of other internalized emotions, can trigger chemical reactions inside your body that can result in acne flare-ups and other skin irritations.

To combat internal stressors and prevent acne problems, get plenty of rest and sleep. Try to maintain regular hours. Keep a check list of "Things that Calm You" handy for stressful times, like reading a book, resting, listening to music, taking a walk, going out for an ice cream cone, etc.

Although this is not an exhaustive list, these are a few basic things that can help you with your acne woes.

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