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Did you know that microscopic germs can have a huge impact on your skin? Sometimes acne isn't restricted to your teenage years. If you're dealing with adult acne, there may be simple things you can change to banish those pesky breakouts.

We'll take a look at how to combat your acne at any age or stage of life.

One primary strategy is prevention skin irritations whenever possible and practice better skin care. Here are several top tips to focus on:

  • Exercise
  • Cosmetics
  • Diet
  • Hormones
  • Hygiene
  • Medications
  • Shaving
  • Stress
  • Exercise

Keeping in shape can help fight acne by fighting off negative stress levels that can come from negative self-esteem and depression. However, some safeguards need to be in place to ward off acne that can result from your workout routine.

First it's important to watch which products you use on your body, when you'll likely be sweating.

Using sunscreen for outdoor workout activities and, if like most women, you don't remove your makeup before a workout or other cosmetics, check for noncomedogenic and oil-free ingredients on the labels to help prevent pore clogging.

Lastly, when your workout is finished, wash any products or cosmetics off as soon as possible, especially if you'll be going into a steam room or sauna where your pores will be opening up more. You don't want these lotions and other cosmetics getting into your pores and clogging them up, resulting in blemishes.

Next watch what you put on your body with regards to clothing, sports gear and equipment. For example, tight lycra and nylon exercise outfits might look great in the movies and magazine models, but if you are susceptible to acne problems, avoid these synthetic fabrics that tend to trap in body moisture and heat resulting in a bacteria frenzy. Instead, choose loose clothing made of cotton or natural blends to allow more air to get to your skin

When you're finished with your workout, get out of clothing wet from perspiration or water sports. Shower and change into dry, clean clothing. And keep your sports gear and equipment clean, too.

Dirty scrunchies, for instance, can irritate forehead areas prone to acne simply by continued touching of your face. So toss dirty scrunchies and headbands into the washing machine after workout sessions.

Tip:
when cleaning your body after a workout, no need to scrub with force and irritate skin. If possible, wash with medicated soap (check for exfoliant on the label) or medicated wipes from your athletic bag where showers aren't available.

Tip:
When drying with a towel, even if it's during your workout to eliminate sweat, always blot instead of rub. This way you'll likely avoid grinding excess dead skin, dirt, sweat and other chemicals into your pores and risking pore-clogging and skin irritation.

Remember to avoid pore-clogging cosmetics and skin irritations that can contribute to acne. Become better at reading labels for products that you use on your skin.

Beware of eye creams that may contain heavier concentrations of moisturizers than regular creams and lotions, meaning they have greater potential to clog pores in the surrounding facial areas.

Additionally use caution with hair styling products that contain oils, alcohol and adhesives that should be kept away from skin and from seeping into pores along with perspiration during workouts; especially watch hair gels and mousses so they don't cause clogging around your hairline.

Use care when choosing fragrance and scented cosmetics, and opt for hypo-allergenic or fragrance-free versions where possible to avoid allergic reactions and skin irritations (a sampling 3-day test behind an ear is recommended).

Tip:
Thoroughly clean your face and any other areas where cosmetics are applied daily, especially if used when combined with exercising or other activities that promote sweating, where there is the opportunity for the chemicals to be absorbed or soaked up into your pores.

Additional Tips:

Phone:
Let’s face it, your cell carries thousand of germs! So, before you pick up you next call clean and disinfect your phone with our La Fresh Travel Lite™ Lens & Screen Cleaning Wipes Shop Now

Brushes:
Yes, your makeup brushes are also a bank for bacteria! Clean them regularly with a gentle and disinfecting cleaning solution like Japonesque Pro Brush Cleaner.Shop Now


Face
Make sure you wash your face daily. Use a cleanser that will remove impurities and clarify any blemishes. Go organic and try Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Cleanser Shop Now

Sunscreen
Even if it’s overcast, wear sunscreen. Make sure you use SPF 30 or higher and a natural & non-irritating formula like our La Fresh Travel Lite™ Sunscreen Wipes.Shop Now

We hope that tips have been useful for you as you combat skin irritation on your way to more healthy and beautiful skin. For more skincare tips and information, don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter.