How to Avoid Blackheads Long Before They Develop
Blackheads, whiteheads and other forms of acne are seldom medically dangerous, but most women consider these blemishes as some of the worst flaws that could happen to their complexions. Acne jokes and social exclusion often go hand-in-hand with outbreaks, and even when acne clears up, people can still suffer from the effects of scarring on the skin. That’s why prevention is so important.
Acne Causes and Prevention
Acne is caused when your pores get clogged with oil and bacteria, which causes an infection. The trapped bacteria feed on the oil and reproduce. If the bacteria receive oxygen, then the growth darkens and becomes a blackhead. Clogged pores below the surface of the skin don’t receive oxygen and produce whiteheads.
Acne outbreaks can be triggered by adolescence, your menstrual cycle, pregnancy, menopause, hormone therapy and genetics. Outside influences can also cause outbreaks, such as sweat and oils, environmental contaminants, malnutrition, and using cosmetics that cause changes in your internal chemistry or trigger increased oil production. Chemicals and substances that trigger acne directly are called comedogenic. Comedogenic substances and excessive skin oil can cause your pores to clog with dead skin cells, which creates an ideal breeding area for bacteria. The oil that the skin produces is called sebum, and various conditions that affect hormone production can stimulate increases in sebum production.
You can’t always prevent every blemish or outbreak, but you can create conditions that make outbreaks less likely to occur. Following preventive measures can also minimize blemishes, shorten their duration and minimize any possible scarring afterwards. The following tips will help you to prevent or minimize acne outbreaks and scarring:
Choose health and beauty products that are acne-friendly.
Check the labels of cosmetics and health and beauty products before buying them. You want products that are noncomedogenic, which don’t trigger or aggravate acne infections.
Exfoliate your skin regularly but not excessively.
Regularly cleaning and exfoliating your skin is essential for removing dead cells, excess oil and surface bacteria. However, scrubbing your face too much can dry your skin, spread bacteria and oil, cause inflammation and trigger various skin blemishes.
Moisturize your skin.
Healthy skin is less likely to develop severe acne, and moisturizing your skin can prevent clogged pores, keep your skin elastic and minimize outbreaks and scarring. Noncomedogenic moisturizers are free from oils and preservatives that can trigger acne infections. Use other noncomedogenic moisturizers for best results.
Eat healthy foods, and drink plenty of water.
Eating a healthy diet and staying hydrated keep your body’s processes at optimum efficiency so that your hormone production stays normal and you can resist bacteria, illnesses and skin disorders that create ideal breeding conditions for bacteria and acne. Eating greasy foods won’t cause acne, but getting the grease on your skin could trigger an outbreak.
Oil and Moisture
Oil and moisture are not the same. Your body consists of more than 50 percent water, and your skin needs plenty of water to function. The skin is your body’s biggest organ, and pores, sweat glands, dead skin cells and oil production influence acne outbreaks. Healthy, moisturized skin helps you to resist clogged pores, excess sebum production and bacterial growth that cause acne.
Checking Your Skin
One of the most important preventive measures is to check your skin regularly. Sometimes, topical cures applied in a timely manner can stop an outbreak from getting worse. However, you should never pick blackheads because this could spread oils and bacteria. If your family history has lots of acne outbreaks, you might not be able to avoid acne entirely. However, you can minimize outbreaks by treating your skin at the first sign of blackheads, following preventive measures to speed recovery and keeping your skin healthy and moisturized so that it recovers without severe scarring or prolonged outbreaks.
Acne is caused by the complex interplay of skin oil, bacteria, genetics, hormone production and environment. Preventive measures can keep your skin healthier, more resilient and less susceptible to the clogged pores that cause blackheads and other forms of acne.
If you want to minimize the frequency, severity and duration of acne outbreaks, use Belif Skincare or other noncomedogenic, hydrating products, and avoid cosmetics with dyes, perfumes, mineral oils, petrolatum and synthetic preservatives. Remove sweat and oil contaminants, makeup and other acne triggers promptly, and check your skin closely for blemishes when big life changes occur that could affect your internal chemistry.