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Skin Breakouts: How to Quickly Treat and Prevent Them

Skin Breakouts: How to Quickly Treat and Prevent Them

Skin breakouts can be frustrating, especially since you can’t predict when they will happen. So it’s important to be able to know what you can do to treat and prevent breakouts.

5 Ways to Treat and Prevent Skin Breakouts

These 5 tips can help breakouts clear faster, and can also prevent them from happening in the future.

1. Exercise

Surprisingly, exercise is a good way to help prevent and manage skin breakouts. The reason behind this is that exercise can help keep your blood sugar levels in check1.

The reason this works has to do with the effect that insulin has on the body. When your blood sugar goes up, your body sends out insulin to keep it in check. Though, insulin can increase the levels of androgens in the body as well. Androgens are hormones that are responsible for your oil glands, and too much of this hormone can cause skin breakouts.

By exercising often, you can keep your blood sugar in check, which can help reduce the risk of breakouts.

2. Over-the-counter medication

Of course, you can also depend on over-the-counter medication whenever you have breakouts. For most cases and for most people, these medicines are safe to use and can help stop breakouts quickly2.

These can come in different forms, but the usual medication consists of resorcinol, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide. Resorcinol and salicylic acid help break down blackheads and whiteheads, while benzoyl peroxide kills off bacteria in the skin. Salicylic acid also helps prevent inflammation.

3. Wash your face twice a day at most

Acne-prone skin is more sensitive compared to other skin types. So it’s important to not do anything that could harm your skin or trigger an adverse reaction. This means that washing your face too much can cause you to have breakouts.

Ideally, you should only wash your face twice a day at most to avoid breakouts. You should also wash your face after working out or anytime after you sweat. It’s also a good idea to use a very mild facial wash, or even just use plain water if you’ve already used a facial wash twice in the day3.

4. Use water-based moisturizers

Moisturizers are helpful for keeping your skin moist and to prevent it from drying out, especially during colder months. However, oil-based moisturizers can make your skin too oily and increase the chances of a breakout.

Using a water-based moisturizer helps prevent skin breakouts, and is much better for your skin especially if you already have a breakout. These moisturizers also tend to be easier on your skin, which can help with breakouts.

5. Visit a dermatologist

Lastly, if you’re really struggling with skin breakouts, the best thing to do would be to visit a dermatologist. They would best be able to figure out what things trigger your breakouts, and what you can do in order to manage them.

They can also prescribe medication to prevent breakouts as well as make them heal faster.

Dermatologists can really help with more severe cases of acne, especially if they start spreading throughout your body.

Key Takeaways

When it comes to skin breakouts, the most important thing is to keep your skin healthy. By following the 5 tips above you can ensure that your skin remains healthy, and any breakouts can readily be managed and prevented.

As always, try to avoid popping any pimples, and be sure to keep your face as clean as possible. Leaving any dirt or makeup on your skin can also make it more prone to irritation and skin breakouts, so it would be best to avoid those things as much as possible.

Learn more about Acne here.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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  2. Prevent, Treat and Overcome Teenage Acne, https://www.chla.org/blog/rn-remedies/prevent-treat-and-overcome-teenage-acne, Accessed December 27, 2021
  3. 9 things to try when acne won’t clear, https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/acne/diy/wont-clear, Accessed December 27, 2021
  4. Acne: Treatment, Types, Causes & Prevention, https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/12233-acne, Accessed December 27, 2021
  5. Acne – Treatment – NHS, https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/acne/treatment/, Accessed December 27, 2021
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Written by Jan Alwyn Batara Updated 4 weeks ago
Fact Checked by Kristel Lagorza