1. Other treatments
Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) or glycolic acid peel is another serious treatment for acne breakouts and must be done only by a dermatologist. This acid causes the skin to blister and peel off. Hence, acne cysts are removed revealing the healthy skin. You can even consider getting a cortisone injection from your dermatologist. This on-the-spot injection goes directly into the acne cysts, thereby destroying the bacteria causing acne and reduces inflammation. This method is ideal only in the case when you have one or two acne cysts.
2. Medications for acne
Oral antibiotic such as doxycycline, erythromycin, tetracycline and minocycline are very effective in acne prevention. These are powerful acne medications which destroy bacteria causing these lesions and help in getting rid of them. However, these antibiotics are serious medications and must be taken only after consulting your dermatologist. One other medication, which is very effective in the prevention and treatment of acne, is accutane, but it has some serious side effects. This medication is not recommended for women who are pregnant or want to get pregnant in the near future
3. Apply proper sunscreen
Never forget to apply sunscreen on your face whenever you are going out, as sun rays contribute toward the formation of acne. The sunscreen which you use must suit your skin texture. If possible, prefer those which are meant for sensitive skin as they don’t contain harsh chemicals which can cause your skin to flare up. Use hats and other protective gear to protect yourself from harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
4. Clean your hands regularly
This preventive measure is often ignored because most people consider that cleansing face is enough to prevent acne, but we often forget that our hands come in contact with the face regularly. So, it is very important that your hands are clean, otherwise, this can lead to the transfer of dirt from hands to face. You must clean your hands with a good quality hand wash before touching your face or applying makeup and lotions as everyday activities. Avoid touching your face while exercising or cooking because sweat and oil are the major causes behind acne breakouts.
5. Wipe down any device that comes in contact with your face
Some devices, such as cell phones, come in contact with your face on a daily basis. You will definitely not want that dirt from your mobile phone gets transferred to your skin, so you must wipe down your cell phone and other devices on a regular basis. Alcohol based agents are best for this purpose. These agents kills all sort of germs and bacteria as well as get rid of makeup and dirt.
6. Change your pillow covers everyday
This may seem to redundant, but this step is equally important. Acne breakouts can be caused even when the skin comes in contact with sweaty and dirty fabrics. So, you have to make sure that no such dirty fabric comes in contact with the skin. Changing pillow covers ensure that your skin is protected even when you are asleep. The same rule applies to clothes with high neck lines and towels. They can also contain dirt and dust which transfers onto the skin when the clothes come in contact with your skin.
7. Wash your face properly
One of the key steps in the prevention of acne is cleansing the face properly. The primary reason behind acne formation is the blockage and clogging of oil ducts on the skin of the face by dirt and dust. You must make sure that no such thing happens to you. This can be achieved by cleaning the face two to three times in a day. Use some sort of hair band to pull back the hair from your face and then cleanse your face with a face wash that suits your skin type. In most cases, a mild non-abrasive product containing natural ingredients is good enough. However, you must avoid overwashing of your face as this leads to drying of the skin. Dry skin overproduces oils, thus making the situation worse and can even lead to an acne breakout.