Pimples on the face is a common problem. It’s not as serious as other skin problems, but it can be really annoying. The first step to stopping acne breakouts is to make sure you’re washing your face twice a day, using a mild cleanser with lukewarm water and exfoliating once a week to remove dead skin cells that clog pores. If these steps aren’t effective then consider applying an acne-fighting agent or moisturizer.”
Wash your face twice a day.
The first step in preventing pimples is to wash your face twice a day. Don’t use harsh cleansers or hot water, as these can irritate acne-prone skin and cause more breakouts.
Your ideal cleanser should be gentle and contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide (to help control oil production). It’s also important that you don’t scrub too hard when washing your face—this will only lead to irritation and can cause microtears in the skin that bacteria love to get into!
Use a mild cleanser with lukewarm water.
Use a mild cleanser with lukewarm water. A face wash is the first step in cleaning your skin, and it should be used twice daily. A good face wash will gently remove dirt, grime, and excess oil from your pores while maintaining their natural balance. Look for hypoallergenic products that are designed specifically for your skin type (dry, oily, combination). Avoid products with alcohol or fragrance because they can dry out your skin further; also stay away from dyes and other additives that may irritate or inflame pimples.
Exfoliate once a week.
Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells. This allows the good, healthy cells to get to the surface of your face and speeds up cell turnover so that pimples don’t have time to form. You can exfoliate once a week by using a face scrub, washcloth or loofah.
Apply an acne-fighting agent.
A good cleanser is the first step in your skin-care routine. Look for one with dermatologist-recommended ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, which help prevent pimples from forming in the first place.
To keep acne at bay, wash your face twice a day with a cleanser containing these ingredients. If you want to treat existing pimples overnight, try an overnight spot treatment that contains salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide (BPO). Be sure to use it sparingly: Applying too much can dry out sensitive skin or cause irritation.
It might sound counterintuitive, but your face needs moisture to stay clear of pimples. If you don’t moisturize, it will be harder for your skin cells to shed properly and allow the sebum that is naturally produced by glands under the skin to flow freely through pores and exit them. You can use this time to find the right product for you:
- Use a light moisturizer. You want something that’s not going to block up your pores but will keep them from drying out, especially since winter weather tends toward dryness in general. Avoid lotions with alcohol or menthol as they can irritate sensitive skin types (which yours probably is).
- Look for an oil-free moisturizer if possible; these tend not to clog pores as much as those containing oils do because they contain less water content overall, making them lighter on the surface area of your face when applied (but still hydrating).
The best moisturizers for sensitive skin are those that are non-comedogenic and fragrance-free. If you’re stuck in a rut, it may be time to try something new like our Oil-Free Facial Moisturizer or the Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm with SPF 15.
Use a mask once a week.
- Use a mask once a week. A mask with salicylic acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid or tea tree oil can help to dry out your skin and reduce the number of pimples that form on your face.
- Try using masks that contain sulfur or charcoal instead of just one type of product since they all have different benefits for your skin.
exfoliation helps keep your pores clear of any oil and dead skin cells that might clog them. This prevents pimples from forming. You can exfoliate once a week by using a face scrub, washcloth or loofah once you’ve chosen an appropriate cleanser, use lukewarm water (not hot) and gently massage it into your face. Rinse with cool water before patting dry with a soft towel—don’t rub! Avoid using harsh cleansers or alcohol-based products on acne-prone skin to avoid further irritation.
Don’t touch your face with your fingers or lean your face on objects that collect sebum and skin residue like your phone.
- Don’t touch your face with your fingers or lean your face on objects that collect sebum and skin residue like your phone.
- Use a clean towel every time you wash your hands to avoid transferring bacteria from them to your face.
* Use a product with benzoyl peroxide to get rid of pimples best options are non-comedogenic moisturizers that don’t contain oils or harsh ingredients like alcohol Finger-to-face contact is the most common way we transfer dirt and bacteria to our pores. If you absolutely need to touch your face, make sure to wash your hands first…
Keep your face clean to control pimples from forming
- Wash your face twice a day.
- Use a mild cleanser with lukewarm water, not hot, and wash it off gently by massaging your face in circular motions.
- Exfoliate once a week to remove dead skin cells that can clog pores and cause pimples to form.
- Apply an acne-fighting agent such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to your face two times a day after you’ve washed it with warm water and clean, Moisturize. Even though it’s tempting to skip moisturizer when you have oily skin or acne, this can actually make the breakouts worse. For example, the natural oils from your face may not be enough to keep hydrating and can result in dryness which causes pimples on its own.e (or toned) the skin on your entire face with the products of choice for oily/acne prone
As you can see, there are a lot of ways to prevent pimples from forming on your face. If you have any questions or concerns about what we’ve talked about here today, please don’t hesitate to reach out! Our team of dermatologists is always happy to help with any questions or problems you might have related to acne.