109 Tips To Prevent Acne, According To A Nurse

This site contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

Are you sick of dealing with acne breakouts? If so, you’re not alone! This article discusses easy tips to prevent acne. Almost everyone experiences this troublesome skin condition at one time or another. Luckily, there are some proactive measures (which nurses love) that can help prevent acne from forming in the first place.

As a nurse, I often see patients who are struggling with acne and looking for ways to prevent breakouts. In this blog post, I’ll be sharing some of my top tips for preventing acne and maintaining clear, healthy skin. Whether you’re dealing with mild or severe acne, these tips can help you take control of your skin and feel more confident in your appearance.

So if you’re ready to say goodbye to breakouts and hello to beautiful skin, keep reading!

My number one tip to prevent acne: Learn your skin type

Ok, I know this isn’t going to cure your acne but it is the best place to start in creating a plan of attack for those pesky acne bumps.

There are 5 different skin types:

  • Normal skin: Normal skin is well-balanced, with a good amount of moisture, few imperfections, and minimal sensitivity. Don’t we all wish we had that!
  • Dry skin: Dry skin lacks sufficient moisture and can feel tight or itchy. It can be prone to flaking and may appear dull or rough.
  • Oily skin: Oily skin is characterized by an overproduction of sebum, which can make the skin appear shiny or greasy. It can be prone to acne and breakouts.
  • Combination skin: Combination skin is a mix of both dry and oily skin, with some areas of the face (such as the T-zone) being more oily and other areas being drier.
  • Sensitive skin: Sensitive skin is easily irritated and can react negatively to certain products or environmental factors. It may be prone to redness, itching, or inflammation.

What type of skin do you have? Understanding your skin type can help you choose products and develop a skincare routine that works best for you.

Now that you know your skin type, we can focus on the following tips to prevent acne.

Let’s start with hygiene

Personal hygiene is an important part of preventing acne. Acne blemishes are known to be caused by excess oil, clogged pores, and bacteria. Here are some prevention efforts you can try to prevent pimples:

  • Wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser. Try to wash your face with a gentle cleanser like THIS ONE from Glossier. As a nurse, I love Glossier products because they are cruelty-free and vegan.
  • Use non-comedogenic moisturizers(meaning the product won’t block your pores) and makeup to prevent clogged pores. Products will say “non-comedogenic” on the label.
  • Exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin cells and keep pores clear.
  • Avoid touching your face throughout the day, as this can spread bacteria and oil from your hands, causing breakouts.
  • Avoid using skin care products with heavy fragrances or harsh chemicals, as these can be irritating to the skin.
  • Choose non-abrasive scrubs to avoid microtears in the skin that can cause breakouts.
  • Use oil-free sunscreens and limit sun exposure to prevent UV damage. Check out my favorite oil-free sunscreen HERE.
  • Change pillowcases, towels, and washcloths regularly to reduce the buildup of bacteria and oils. If you want extra credit, sleep with a silk pillowcase. Silk decreases friction on the skin, therefore, reducing wrinkles. Bonus!
  • Clean your cell phone, headphones, and other items that come in contact with your face regularly.
  • Avoid using products containing salicylic acid (or other exfoliating acids) more than once or twice a week, as these can be too harsh for some skin types.
  • Don’t use heavy moisturizers or oils on oily skin

Let’s talk about diet

Diet can play a major role in preventing and treating acne. Eating a balanced diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains can help improve skin health by keeping your hormones in balance and providing essential vitamins and minerals. Here are some great tips to help you improve your diet:

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Include hydrating fruits and veggies.
  • Avoid a high-glycemic diet. This means avoiding sugary/processed foods.
  • Avoid dairy products. Milk may contribute to inflammation, insulin resistance, and microbial imbalances. Make sure to find other ways in your diet to get enough of the daily recommended calcium.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated.
  • Incorporate probiotics into your diet to help balance the bacteria on your skin.
  • Some foods that are known to promote clear, healthy skin include:
  • Blueberries
  • Salmon
  • Avacodo
  • Sweet Potato
  • Almonds
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Kiwi
  • Pomegranate
  • Watermelon…just to name a few.
  • Drink the daily recommended amount of water. For a healthy woman who lives in a temperate climate, the recommended water intake is 11.5 cups and for men is 15.5 cups (according to the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine).

Let’s talk about self-care

Self-care is essential when it comes to preventing and treating acne. Stress can cause a hormonal imbalance in the body, which can lead to breakouts.

Therefore, it’s important to find ways to reduce stress and make time for yourself.

  • Journaling is a great way to express emotions and work through difficult situations.
  • Get enough sleep every night to give your body time to recover and repair itself.
  • Don’t pick at blemishes or pop pimples, as this can lead to scarring and infection.
  • Listening to music. Who doesn’t love to jam out to their favorite song while dancing around the kitchen? This is a great way to reduce stress and stress causes acne.
  • Manage stress: Stress can cause breakouts and other skin problems.
  • Reducing stress by practicing:
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Deep breathing exercises…What other ideas do you have to manage stress?
  • Use a humidifier in your room during the winter months, as dry air can worsen acne.
  • Try to limit your exposure to environmental pollutants, such as smoke and car exhaust.
  • Apply SPF every single morning. Yes, even if it is cloudy.

Let’s talk about make-up

I’m sure most of us here use makeup to try and cover up our acne scars and bumps. Trying to conceal the redness can be a nightmare. Sometimes all this makeup can contribute to more acne. Wearing the correct makeup can help reduce acne breakouts.

  • Wear non-comedogenic foundations, concealers, and powders to avoid clogging pores.
  • Clean makeup brushes regularly to prevent acne-causing bacteria from building up on them.
  • Always use a soft brush when applying makeup.
  • Always take your makeup off before you go to bed. It is crucial to take off your makeup before you go to bed, as leaving it on overnight can clog pores and lead to further breakouts.
  • Wash your face with a mild cleanser, warm water, and a clean towel before bed.

Let’s talk about hair care

  • Avoid using heavy or greasy hair products. Hair products like gels, creams, and pomades can clog pores on your scalp and forehead, leading to acne breakouts. Try to use lighter products or those specifically labeled as “oil-free.”
  • Wash your hair regularly. This will help remove excess oil, dirt, and sweat from your scalp, reducing the chances of clogged pores and acne breakouts. Use a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo, and avoid washing your hair too frequently. Washing your hair too much will strip your scalp of its natural oils.
  • Keep your hair away from your face. It’s a good idea to keep your hair pulled back and away from your face as much as possible, especially when sleeping. Your hair transfers oil and bacteria to your skin, which can lead to breakouts.
  • Change your pillowcase regularly. Pillowcases harbor bacteria, oil, and dirt, which can transfer to your skin and cause acne breakouts. Changing your pillowcase regularly, ideally, every few days, will help prevent this.
  • Use a gentle exfoliating scalp treatment. This will help to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores, reducing the risk of acne breakouts on your scalp.
  • Consider using a clarifying shampoo. This helps to remove buildup from your hair products, which can clog pores and cause acne breakouts.

Let’s talk about exercise

  • Exercise regularly to help reduce stress and improve circulation. Increased blood circulation helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells. This can promote cell turnover and repair damaged skin cells, reducing the appearance of acne scars and improving overall skin health.
  • Sweating during exercise can help to flush out toxins and impurities from your pores, which can reduce the risk of acne breakouts.
  • It’s important to shower and cleanse your skin after exercising to remove any sweat and bacteria that may have accumulated on your skin.
  • Exercise can improve immune system function. Regular exercise can help boost your immune system, which can help fight off bacteria and other pathogens that can contribute to acne breakouts.
  • Exercise can also help improve the quality of your sleep, which is important because poor sleep has been linked to an increased risk of acne breakouts.
  • Practice daily meditation. Meditation can reduce stress and as I mentioned before, stress can trigger acne.

Let’s talk about fashion

  • Wear breathable fabrics that don’t trap sweat or dirt against your skin.
  • Avoid using hats or anything that can cause friction on your skin (such as bandanas).
  • Wash sweaty clothes immediately after exercising to keep bacteria from building up on your skin, as this can worsen acne.

Let’s talk about treating acne

We can try all of the at-home remedies and “treatments” in the world but sometimes they just don’t work. You might need prescription strength treatments. That is where the board-certified dermatologist comes in.

My Most Important Tip

See a dermatologist if you’re struggling with persistent acne—they can provide treatments to target the underlying cause. They will work with you to create a treatment plan personalized to you and your skin type.

Check out my post on acne-prone skin. I discuss some possible treatments a dermatologist might recommend.

Wrap Up

Having clear and healthy skin is a matter of taking care of yourself both inside and out. Eating a balanced diet that is low in sugar and high in probiotics helps to keep your skin hydrated while avoiding certain environmental pollutants can help protect it from harm.

Additionally, using non-comedogenic makeup, washing sweaty clothes immediately after exercising, and visiting a dermatologist if needed can all contribute to clear skin.

Taking the time for self-care such as getting enough sleep, managing stress with practices like yoga or meditation, and wearing breathable fabrics are all key components to achieving glowing skin.

With these simple yet effective tips, you’ll be on your way to gorgeous, healthy-looking skin in no time!

Similar Posts