Q:Any suggestions on how to prevent acne?
I'm 13 and starting to breakout a lot. My face is half covered in pimples and i'm pretty sure it's the begining of acne. I'm not exactly sure which products I should and shouldn't use on my face. Any ideas?
So far, it sounds like you've gotten a lot of great advice! Although I haven't personally tried the Murad acne kit, I've heard wonderful things about it!
I do, however, want to share a few tips I've learned throughout the years in regards to acne. It might not totally clear your acne, but it will definitely help to prevent it!
1. First of all, never ever going to bed with makeup on is key. Always wash your face at night and apply whatever necessary treatments your using. And if you're too tired/lazy at night, at least remove makeup with a cleansing towlette. Neutrogena makes a great one!
2. Don't over-wash your face, regardless of how dirty it feels. Over-washing can lead to a variety of problems and can sometimes make acne worse. My rule of thumb is to wash once in the morning and once at night (making sure to be very thorough at night). And occassionally i'll cleanse once in the afternoon if it's super hot out or I'm feeling very dirty. Whatever cleanser you decide to use, make sure you rinse thoroughly with water to remove any excess dirt/product.
3. In terms of acne products (like spot treatment, acne treatment gel, etc.) use them soley as directed. Applying a product more frequently or using more than directed won't speed up the acne-healing process, rather it could potentially dry out your skin. Take it easy and remember to follow the directions.
4. Take things slowly. Whatever skincare routine you decide to try, don't rush into it. Skin requires time to get adjusted to products, so ease into the process by using your acne products only once a day or every other day, then slowly adjust to everyday or however often your products say you should. By doing this, you'll save yourself a lot of grief/potential irritation. Just be patient--it takes time for things like this to work!
5. Be mindful of the purging process. Alot of times when beginning new acne products, your skin can react by going through what is called a "purging" phase. Basically, this happens when your skin is releasing all of the dirt and debris trapped under skin that is causing the acne. So don't be discouraged if you notice your acne gets a little worse before it gets better--this usually means it's getting better. However, if you do notice that acne is beginning to appear in places you don't normally get it or your face feels/looks particularly irritated/red/itchy, then there's a chance you might be allergic to an ingredient in the product or your skin just doesn't agree with it and you therefore should discontinue use and look for another product. It may be hard at first to tell whether or not your skin is just purging, but give the product a good 4-6 weeks to work before making a decision unless extreme irritation is occuring.
6. Change pillowcases frequently. It's so easy to forget this, but I always have extra plain white pillowcases on hand and I do my best to change them every couple of days.
7. Drink plenty of water! This is overlooked way too much, but is so important and is a big cause of acne for a lot of people. If you have to, set a reminder on your phone to drink a glass of water. Or always have with you a large plastic bottle of water that you can fill up on the go (plus it's more eco-friendly!).
8. Be gentle on your skin. Acne is fragile, and being too rough on it can actually make it worse!
9. Lastly and most importantly...DON'T PICK!!! I know it's super hard to resist the temptation to pop that white head lingering on your chin, but picking can lead to scarring (which in my opinion looks even worse than the acne itself), infection, and a longer healing time. And if you must absolutely pick (which I am guilty of at times) be sure you do it with clean hands. I sometimes even do it with tissues so I don't get any germs in anything. You can also get an extractor tool which is more sanitary/easier to use--just be sure you disinfect it before and after each use!
I hope all of this information doesn't overwhelm you. I just felt inclined to share with you what I've learned over the years through trial and error and hours and hours of research. Hopefully this information can be of some use to you and that you find the right skincare routine for you! Please feel free to private message me if you have any other questions!
Hope this helps and best of luck!