Monday, June 29, 2009

How To Prevent Breakout And Acne

Yeah! I know. Breakouts and acne are the worst nightmare of everyone; especially the ladies. Most times, we wonder: ‘how does a pimple form?’ Well, that’s an easy one to answer: clogged pores, oil and bacteria. Put these three in a mix and you have the perfect recipe for pimples.

The pore, which is the opening of the hair follicle, becomes clogged with dirt, oil and dead skin cells. Bacteria feed off the oil in the clogged pore and attract white blood cells to the area. Your body then responds to this inflammation causing the redness and swelling associated with pimples.

Females with active oil glands and large pores are also prone to breakouts and blackheads. Other causes of acne are stress, hormones, bad cosmetics, birth control pills and other medications.

The eternal question: ‘how do I get rid of them?’ well I have some few tips for you. You can stop the breakout cycle by attacking each element that contribute to breakouts and enjoy a clearer complexion.

It may sound too good to be true, but studies have shown that taking vitamin C orally helps in the prevention of acne. It helps to build immunity and infection. Vitamin E and Zinc are also good supplements that help preventing breakouts.
Over-the-counter products containing Benzoyl- peroxide is effective for fighting bacteria.

For clogged pores, Exfoliation is recommended.Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells that may clog the pores. This could be done by masking or scrubbing regularly.

It is also advisable to stick to one’s beauty regimen. A beauty regimen is a set of rules you stick to for a healthy, glowing complexion. The basic beauty regimen is: Cleansing-exfoliation-moisturize.

For most women, blemishes in areas other than the face are a major problem, from the chest and back, to the shoulders and beyond. Body acne can limit one’s wardrobe options and make one feel a tad insecure. Benzoyl- peroxide and Salicylic acid are also good. over-the-counter products like Neutrogena body scrub is effective in the treatment of body acne.

Although there so many wonderful products that could be used as a first line of defence in the prevention of breakouts, how do you know which one is best for you? Look out for my next post where i will explain the characteristics of various skin types.Some pimples cannot be treated through the use of cosmetics...they could be large in size, hard and very painful.This is the point I advise you to see a dermatologist 'cos most pimples have to be cleansed from within with the use of antibiotics before physical changes would be seen on the face.


  1. Thanks for sharing,Tara!
    I wud however want you to please,suggest what cosmetics line suits naija skin most.....

  2. O! Tara, Thank you. Will stick to my beauty regimen from today, just that sometimes, when i get back home from work at night i feel so tired and the thought of cleaansing, toning and all of that process just puts me off. But, I guess if i want a better skin look, i just have to do as u say. Thank you!!

  3. agree, sometimes just so lazy to stick to the skin care regimen. So many steps but so far the best i have used is Cellnique Skin Action Sebum Gel, it softhen blackheads and whiteheads. Without any pain to get rid of it and no blemished or scars left behind.

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  4. Tara i really wish u culd recommend something as per a good dermatologist for me pleaseee cos mine has become quite embarrasssing ,having a lot of pimples & blackheads spread all over my back & now on my chest!!! i feel so demoralised , waiting to hear from u. thanks a lot!!!

  5. I had severe acne as a teenager and now that I'm in my 30's I have an occasional breakout. I would always read in the beauty magazines that you should apply a moisturizer on your face but I was reluctant because of my acne-prone skin. I'm not sure why I decided to give the Made from Earth Vitamin Enhanced Moisturizer a try but I am so glad I did. I have been using it every day for over a year now. It does not make my skin breakout at all (a big plus in my book). It makes my skin very smooth and gives me that "dewy" look. It also helps my foundation look more natural looking because the moisturizer is so hydrating. I also like the fact that it protects my skin from the sun.

    I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for a moisturizer. Despite it's high price (compared to other brands) it's definately worth it, especially since it lasts for a long time.

  6. Hi,

    You have a nice blog. Acne affects more than just your skin. It can affect your entire life in very personal ways. I came across this product "Acme Terminator" in this website It seems to be good.



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