Acne is a silent attacker, waiting to break out right before some of the most important parts of your life: the prom, the first interview, the wedding. I know exactly what it’s like to have perfect skin for your whole adolescent life, and then be slapped in the face with breakouts randomly at age 18. It’s roughly similar to a truck of misfortune sideswiping you as you try to cross the street into adulthood. I have also met many people who have struggled with acne their entire life, constantly feeling embarrassment and wondering how they can get rid of this inconvenience. Acne is caused by many things, one of the main ones being dirty substances coming into contact with your face. There are many quality medical acne medications that can work; there are also (sometimes) easier solutions for how to get rid of acne.

1. Cleanliness is Next to Attractiveness

One of the best things to do to prevent acne is to always keep your face clean, even if there is no sign of a breakout. The incredibly high number of germs and bacteria that the human face comes into contact with on a daily basis is what causes acne, and keeping a clean face as often as possible is key to the prevention of this annoying skin condition. The most common way that these bacteria contact our faces is through the fingers. This means that by reducing the amount you touch your face every day can drastically reduce the risk you have for a breakout.

2. Here Comes the Sun

The sun plays a huge part in how our skin acts. The sun can cause wrinkles, sun burn, freckles, and most of all, acne! The sunblock you can find at your local convenience or grocery store isn’t just there to ensure you don’t leave the beach looking like a firetruck with a brand new paint job. It is also there to prevent the sun’s ultraviolet rays from doing significant damage to your skin in all regards. Although it’s always nice to have that nice, tan beach body, the pimples and zits you could obtain from a lack of sun block will not look good. Making sure to always put at least SPF15 sunblock on whenever you go outdoors on a sunny day is a very important part of acne prevention.

3. Stress!

Many people may ask if stress causes acne. The answer is a resounding yes! Many experts will attest that our emotional stability (or instability) is directly related to all aspects of our bodily health, and the condition of our skin is no exception. If the level of stress you experience on a daily basis is causing breakouts of acne, you definitely want to take some time out of your day to find some way to relax, whether it be a long shower, meditation, or just listening to some music.

The bottom line is this:

Many day-to-day things have a huge effect on our skin’s health, and before you go rushing to the stores to buy the newest “miracle cure”, try following a few of these simple steps in order to keep your skin looking smooth and beautiful.

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