sam acne blogTired of dealing with breakouts? Follow these 8 simple steps for clearer skin today:

1) Keep it clean. Wash your face at least once daily with a gentle cleanser that is appropriate for your skin type. It’s important to rid your skin of the dirt, oil, or makeup that has accumulated during the day, as it can clog your pores.

2) Moisturize. Choose a lotion for your skin type and use it every day. If your skin is overly dry or very sensitive, it is more at risk for breakouts.

3) Hands off! Picking or squeezing blemishes can cause irritation, inflammation, and scarring. Since sweat, dirt and oil contribute to acne, avoid touching your face with your hands, or wearing tight headbands or hats.

4) Use sunscreen. Sun exposure can cause brown spots, wrinkles, dryness, and other skin issues. Buy a daily moisturizer that has as SPF factor of 15 or higher.

5) Eat healthy. Clear skin comes from the inside out. Eating vegetables and fruits that are rich in vitamins and minerals, foods with omega-3, and foods with antioxidants can help in clearing and nourishing your skin. Try: dark chocolate, yogurt, pomegranates, walnuts, peppers, kidney beans, and edamame!

6) Drink more water. Your skin will stay hydrated if you stay hydrated! Drink between eight and ten 8-ounce glasses a day.

7) Try over-the-counter products. Many OTC products exist to treat mild to moderate acne. Look for these active ingredients while choosing your product: Benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acids, and sulfur. Make sure you ask your doctor or pharmacist which product would be right for you before using it.

8) Make an appointment. If you are dealing with severe acne, or these tips are just not working for you, make an appointment with a dermatologist. They will be able to prescribe you stronger topical creams, medications, or treatments that can really help.

Written by Sam Tatulli, Peer Educator