Most people want clear, healthy skin, and know that breaking out is never fun. Is there anything you can do to keep breakouts at bay? If you’re wondering how to prevent breakouts, it’s important to implement habits that will support the health of your skin.
Why Won’t My Breakouts Go Away? Potential Causes And Tips For Skin Care Health
Pimples and clogged pores can wreak havoc on skin. To fully understand why your breakouts aren’t going away, you need to take a closer look at the potential causes.
Each pore on your skin produces sebum, an oil that moves up through your hair follicles to keep your skin lubricated. When your pores produce too much sebum, or you’ve got an accumulation of too many dead skin cells or bacteria, pimples may pop up.1
Some potential causes of breakouts include:
- Hormonal Imbalances — Androgens are hormones that can cause breakouts. During puberty, androgens increase the size of sebum glands, which accelerates sebum production. This may lead to blackheads and whiteheads.2
- Diet — Eating fast food or other unhealthy foods may lead to breakouts. A diet high in carbs and sugars may promote excess sebum production, leading to breakouts. Eating a well-rounded healthy diet can help benefit your skin and overall health.3
If you’re experiencing stubborn breakouts that don’t seem to ever go away, it’s time to talk to your dermatologist.
Address and Prevent Breakouts At Home: Blackheads, Whiteheads, And More
Make skincare a priority. Here are some steps to take to help address breakouts at home.
Use A Gentle Cleanser
Using a good cleanser to wash your face both morning and night helps clear your pores of dirt and debris. This is true whether you have dry, oily, normal, or sensitive skin.
Use An Exfoliator
Exfoliating helps to remove dead skin cells that may be blocking your pores (potentially leading to breakouts). By using an exfoliator you can address problems like scarring and blemishes, ingrown hairs, and blackheads and whiteheads.
Use A Hydrating Moisturizer
Moisturizing is important for all skin types, even oily skin. It can help balance the levels of sebum in your skin leading to fewer breakouts. Choose a rich moisturizer that contains hydrating ingredients.
Know When To See A Pro For Your Type Of Blemishes And Scars: Aestheticians, Dermatologists, And Facialists
Again, if you’re experiencing skin irritation more than usual, or if you’ve got blemishes popping up that aren’t going away, it may be time to visit a professional.
Visit your Facialist or Aesthetician if: You don’t believe you have a serious breakout problem, but you need some help getting your skin back on track. A simple facial can cleanse your pores and help to reduce redness and blemishes.4 Aestheticians provide facial treatments such as microdermabrasion or chemical peels, and other types of skin care that may help you get your glow back.
Visit your Dermatologist if: You believe you may have a more serious breakout problem and you’re noticing more breakouts, larger pores, or excessive oiliness or sensitivity. You may be prescribed oral antibiotics or topical retinoids.5,6 You should also visit your dermatologist if you need help deciding which products to work into your skincare routine.
Distract From Blemishes By Highlighting Other Features: Eyelashes, Lips, Brows, And More
If you’re dealing with ongoing breakouts, consider highlighting other features of your face. This can help draw attention away from pimples and redness.
Wearing magnetic eyelashes and lip gloss, or accentuating your brows are sure-fire ways to do this. Change the focus of your makeup: if you have a pimple on your cheek, skip the highlight/contour and go for a bold eye or lip look.
Use your hair to accentuate other features. Try a different hairstyle to take away from blemishes you may not want to be seen. Since hair is so versatile, you’ll have a lot of different options to try out.
Of course, never use makeup as a permanent solution to dealing with breakouts. This could actually make them worse. The best way to prevent breakouts is to practice a good skin care routine, eat a healthy diet and seek the advice of a professional when needed. When you do wear makeup, make sure to use noncomedogenic products.7
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