Most of us have had at least one person telling us to wash our faces since we were born. If you’re like most of us, however, washing your face feels more like a chore that you have to do than something you should make the time to do. Even after going through puberty and fighting daily breakouts and acne, washing your face probably feels like a chore–especially right before bedtime. Unfortunately, washing your face is the only way to keep dirt and other things from getting into your skin and clogging your pores. Do you want to have a breakout as an adult? Here are the steps you need to take to keep your face clean
The first thing you need to do is find a good cleanser. Obviously you want to stay away from a product with an oil base but other criteria are important as well when you are choosing your cleanser. Salicylic acid is something else you should look for. This is one of the most important ingredients in harsher cleansers that are meant for people whose breakouts are prolonged and severe. In a “normal” cleanser the salicylic acid is only strong enough to kill basic bacteria and to clean your pores out. As you age, however, you should cut way back on cleansers with salicylic acid…in fact, they should only be used for a spot check once in a while.
Keep your hands off your face. Most people don’t realize how much time their hands spend on their faces every day. It is partly all of this touching that helps to clog our pores and cause breakouts. Take a minute to think about this. Whenever you touch something and then, later, touch your face, it is sort of like rubbing that object into your pores. Your hands always have a thin layer of oil on them and when you rest your face in your hands, you are transferring that oil into your pores. Your face is a prime entry location for germs which is why touching your face is one of the ways that the flu is transmitted from others to you: you touch something that has been touched by a sick person and then touch your face: viola! you have the flu! Don’t touch your face!
If you are a habitual face toucher at least make sure that you keep your hands clean. Keep the zits away by washing your hands a lot throughout every day.
When you do experience a breakout or some acne, treat it but don’t pick it! Pimples and zits should ever be squeezed or picked. If you do not leave your pimples alone they won’t heal correctly. You are still allowed to wash your face and treat your breakout with some acne fighters but do not pick at your face or try to pop any of the pimples. When left to heal naturally some breakouts might stick around for a day or two. What would you rather deal with? A few days with a pimple or years and years of acne scars? One of the best ways to treat acne breakouts is to simply stick to the basics: wash your face and keep your hands to yourself. Other breakouts will require you to use something a little bit more powerful than a basic cleanser. You should be happy to know that while acne does not discriminate against age, neither do acne fighting agents-you should be able to find something to cure your breakout no matter what your number is.