How to Keep the School Year Acne-Free

The school is like a second home. As teens we spend most of our waking hours in school where almost every teenage milestone or drama unfolds. For 95% of teenagers, school is also where pimples and zits start to appear. These can get embarrassingly frustrating and affect your image and social life. What can you do to keep acne at bay during the school year? Here’s a handy tip sheet for every seriously spotted student:

Handy Tip #1: Keep Your Face Clean

Yes, late study nights and roaring weekend parties can get too exhausting to have to wash your face before bed. This however can lead to a big zit the morning after. As much as possible, make it a habit to wash your face before you go to sleep and heading out to school in the morning. Dirt, oil, bacteria and dead skin cells accumulate on your skin throughout the day and can clog pores and cause acne. Pick a non-comedogenic facial cleanser that suits your skin type and follow it up with a non-oily moisturizer to keep your skin from getting flaky and dry. You can also use a gentle scrub to exfoliate stubborn buildup once a week.

Handy Tip #2: Stop Picking on Those Zits

It can be tempting to pick on pimples or squeeze out pus on zits. Unfortunately, this can lead to wounding that can leave your face scarred. Popped or pricked pimples also tend to grow back on the same place. Next time you get that urge for popping, try doing some exercise instead. This way you can fulfill your mania in a healthier, body-friendly way.

Handy Tip #3: Cut Down on Sweets and Greasy Food

Chips, fries, burgers, and milkshakes can be the usual diet of most students, but these can wreak havoc not just on your figure but your skin as well. Some studies have pointed out the relationship between a high-sugar, high-fat diet to bad pimple breakouts. To stay on the clear side pick more foods from the salad or fruit selection of the cafeteria instead. These contain skin vitamins and antioxidants proven to help keep acne at bay.

Handy Tip #4: Get Enough Z’s

One of the most notorious pimple-rousers is stress. And nothing can stress your body seriously than constantly depriving yourself of valuable shut-eye. Make sure you get enough sleep so that your skin has enough time to repair and revitalize itself. Having a hard time sleeping? Regular exercise not only helps you fall asleep, it also reduces stress levels as well.

Handy Tip #5: Experiment on the Acne Treatment That Fits You

Not all skin are made equal. Some are oilier, more acne-prone, or flakier than others. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different skin care products to find out the one that matches your skin type. From natural acne treatments to over-the-counter remedies, there is bound to be a product that is just right for you. For stubborn breakouts, you can try combining topical over-the-counter ointments with anti-acne vitamin supplements. In this way you can control oil production while treating existing breakouts to keep acne from coming back.