Clear skin isn’t easy
Some people never have to deal with the difficulties of a spotty complexion; others just take extra steps to manage their acne, something that is possible with diligence. Here are the secrets of the blemish-free.
They never skip a face-wash
Wondering how to prevent acne? You might start by considering your choice of skin cleanser and how often you use it, says assistant professor of dermatology, Dr Joshua Zeicher. “While having acne does not mean that you are dirty, washing your face has been shown in studies to improve the appearance of acne,” he says. “Using a gentle skin cleanser that effectively removes dirt, oil and makeup from the skin can help maintain a healthy skin barrier.” The key is to actually wash your face. Every. Single. Night. Skipping your daily face wash regimen, he adds, may lead to breakouts as dirt, oil and makeup can block your pores.
They clean their smartphones
Don’t freak out, but your phone screen is way dirtier than you think. “Studies have shown that your mobile phone is dirtier than a public toilet,” Dr Zeichner says. “If you are not cleaning it regularly with an alcohol swab and it rubs against your face, you may be transferring that dirt to the skin, which combined with friction, may promote breakouts,” he says. Dermatologist Dr Ted Lain adds, “Plastering a phone to your cheek for minutes on end could lead to not only occlusion of the pores, but also infection and then acne.”