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Pimples are a problem, not just for women, but for men too. Pimples, itch, hurt and leave visible scars on your face. They not only impact the way you look, but also cause a dip in your self-esteem and confidence levels. Why wait for the problem to occur to deal with it? It makes a lot more sense to take steps to prevent the occurrence of pimples, so that you don’t have to deal with the stress and pain of having them on your face. Here’s how to do it:
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Keep your face clean and moisturized:
This is one of the most well-known, but least followed tips. We all know that washing our face prevents the accumulation of dust and dirt and also keeps oil build-up under control. However, due to our busy routines, and the fact that we spend a considerable amount of time outdoors, we often forget to follow this tip. So, make it a habit to wash your face twice a day in cool water. Use a good face wash to cleanse your pores. You could also opt for an oil-controlling face wash. Avoid using harsh soaps, like deodorant body soaps, to wash your face. Also, do not scrub your face very vigorously or use a loofah. Gently wash your face with your bare hands and pat dry with a clean towel. Refrain from using dirty towels as they spread bacteria. After washing your face, massage in a good moisturizing lotion.
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Use the right hair care products:
You might wonder what the hair on your head has to do with the skin on your face. Well, a lot actually. Try to count the number of times your hair touches your face. Every time this happens, the product on your hair gets transferred to the skin on your face. Oils, gels and products with plasticizers clog skin pores and irritate the skin. To avoid this, wash your hair often using a mild shampoo and conditioner. Try to keep hair off your face as much as possible. This might include doing away from certain hairstyles, but, as they say, you lose some you gain some!
Avoid touching your face:
We unconsciously touch our face several times a day, when we rub our chins or brush hair off our face or even rest our face in our hands. When we do this, the dust and dirt on our hands gets transferred to our face. This causes bacteria to spread and also clogs pores. To avoid this, refrain from touching your face, especially when your hands are dirty or sweaty. Also, avoid pinching and bursting pimples or picking at scars as this not only leads to scarring but also increases inflammation and the spread of infection.
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The act of shaving itself irritates skin follicles. To add to this, if your shaving technique is incorrect, you’re sure to end up with razor burns and pimples. To begin with, splash warm water on your face as this helps soften skin and open up pores. Apply shaving cream liberally and use a razor that has a clean, sharp blade. Shave in the direction of hair growth to prevent ingrown hair. After shaving, use an alcohol-free, moisturizing aftershave. Aftershaves work as an astringent and also help hydrate skin.
It is essential to exfoliate skin at least 2 to 3 times a week. Exfoliation sucks out impurities from skin pores, gets rid of dead skin cells and also softens hair follicles, helping you enjoy a smooth shave. You needn’t visit a parlour to avail of a good exfoliating face mask, you can prepare one at home too! All you need to do is make a paste of baking soda and water and leave it on your face for 5 – 10 minutes. Rise of this mixture with cool water and pat your face dry.
I hope this article has helped you realize that, with some simple steps, you can keep the problem of pimples at bay. As they say, prevention is better than cure. So, practice these tips and enjoy healthy, acne-free skin.
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