Acne control include unclogging the pores of the skin, destroying bacteria and reducing excessive oil, or, in other words, "Prevention". As the saying goes "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" With this in mind, what then are the best ways to prevent and control acne?
First of all remember the basics of healthy living- nourish your body with good food, consume 6-8 glasses of water per day and try to get enough shut eye (8-9 hours is highly recommended).
A method of controlling acne that is not widely known is to take fish oil supplements on a regular basis.
Fish oils contain EPA and DHA fatty acids as well as omega-3 and omega-6 oils.
These essential elements create prostaglandins in the human body.
Prostaglandins are chemical hormones and they serve to maintain optimum functioning in all of the body's organs and cells.
They keep androgen hormones, which cause the production of excessive oil, in check.
Using mild soap-free cleansers such as Cetaphil, Dove, Purpose or Neutrogena helps keep the skin clear of dirt and surface impurities.
Exfoliating creams and masques are also good for acne control as they work to gently peel away dead skin cells. But make sure you don't choose one that is overly abrasive.
Using an astringent or toner to rid your face of excessive oil is an effective way to control acne as is using topical solutions containing benzoyl peroxide or sulfur.
Some acne sufferers find products with benzoyl peroxide to be harsh or excessively drying to their skin.
Stress is a contributing factor in acne growth so try to keep it to a minimum.
Too much stress becomes a vicious circle in that pressure triggers the production of more oil which ultimately causes more skin problems and the acne that results tends to stress out the sufferer even more.