Breakouts are one of the eternal banes of skincare. It frequently seems like nothing we can do can eternally put them off. After all, we’re “supposed” to be done with them by the time we’re finished being teenagers, but at the same time it never stops. This is particularly true for women and others with regular hormonal fluctuations that can end up causing breakouts as well. Some of us will always end up fighting acne no matter what we do. It is simply a fact that we learn to accept. Despite the pain and annoyance of consistent breakouts, we can take steps to help minimize the problem. Fending off breakouts is honestly a lot easier than trying to stop one that has already started. We’re going to highlight some of the better prevention methods available to you so that you can make informed choices on what best suits your skin.

For Fighting and Defending
An easy measure you can take if you’re already prone to breakouts is to remember to use the same product you use to reduce a breakout when you don’t have one. Acne fighting products are good in both situations. Their combination of oil control and cleaning is more or less universally useful in most cases. Keeping up its use between breakouts makes it far harder for the circumstances that support acne bacteria to flourish. Additionally, particular kinds of acne products can help soothe the skin in a specific way to reduce the potential beginnings of inflammation that likewise lead to the problem. It is important to remember to use them carefully though as many of these products use salicylic acid. The ingredient is quite potent and useful for its task, but it is prone to drying the skin out if used too much. As a result, you’ll want to monitor your skin for negative reactions as well as remember to moisturize regularly to counter its effects.

Staying Hydrated
Given we frequently associate breakouts with oily skin, it can be a bit perplexing to people when you tell them to keep their skin moisturized to avoid acne. You need to though. Improperly moisturized skin can easily dry out and your skin reacts to this. Its go-to reaction is to trigger even more oil production to help ensure your skin doesn’t dry out to disastrous levels. Keeping your skin moisturized ensures your skin stays at its normal, healthy levels of oil production that are easier to manage. This is true even for people with oily skin. Working to avoid triggering breakouts does mean you’ll want to favor water-based products in most cases though. Oil-based products are highly effective for encouraging a healthy amount of moisture in the skin, but using them too much can encourage breakouts further. Avoiding sunlight can help avoid drying your skin out excessively too.

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Wear Sunscreen
Sunscreen is one of those universally useful products that we seldom think about how much it does for our skin. The many facets it helps with are too varied to remember them all in the end. What most concerns us when it comes to avoiding breakouts though is that sunscreen helps to maintain the moisture barrier of your skin. Sunscreen itself is part moisturizer, yes, but what we need it for is its ability to absorb or reflect UV rays. These work directly to degrade your skin’s moisture barrier. Once that is gone, it starts to dry out and is overall more susceptible to damage. It can get inflamed and inflamed skin in turn becomes more vulnerable to other issues such as breakouts. Wearing sunscreen, it turns out, is important to helping avoid breakout and helping to stop them once they get started. The basic broad spectrum protection with an SPF of 30 or higher is all you need to use to protect your skin in so many ways. There’s no sense in forgetting it.

Fending off breakouts isn’t always the easiest task. Our skin doesn’t always want to agree with us and that can rapidly lead to situations where one problem compounds another. Preparing as best you can to counter what factors you can that cause acne is all you can really do. Some breakouts will still get past your attempts, but making the effort will at least ensure that far fewer causes you problems.

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