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Acne isn't something that just affects teenagers – people in their 20s, 30s and 40s can develop adult acne, too. People of color who are prone to acne face a double whammy: not only do breakouts cause unsightly and sometimes painful whiteheads, blackheads and pimples, but they also leave behind dark marks and dark spots. This occurs because of the way melanin reacts to acne breakouts – by producing extra levels of melanin. An over-the-counter acne treatment may help with drying out acne, but people with brown skin need more than that. We need acne treatments that help reduce – and prevent the appearance of dark marks that can take months, even years, to fade.
In order to learn how to prevent acne in brown skin, it's important to understand what causes it in the first place. Both internal and external factors can cause acne, which is, basically, blocked and inflamed pores. Contrary to popular belief, there is no scientific evidence that certain foods trigger breakouts! Heredity, on the other hand, has a lot to do with whether you are prone to acne or not. Look to your parents for clues: Did they have problems with acne? The answers will give you some important clues about what you can expect from your skin.
Other known triggers of acne, including adult acne, are:
For people of color, the first step in preventing acne is using an effective acne treatment that's specially formulated for the unique needs of brown skin. Rx for Brown Skin's Acne and Dark Marks System is the only solution on the market designed for people of color by a person of color. This effective three-step system consists of: Clarifying Cleanser, a maximum-strength deep-pore cleanser that stops breakouts before they start – without irritating or drying out skin; Clear Luminosity, a gentle lotion that fights breakouts and reduces the appearance of post-acne dark marks; and Clarifying Toner, an innovative formula that provides a 360-degree approach to acne by treating existing blemishes, preventing future breakouts and targeting the dark marks left behind by breakouts. Because your skin produces oil that can clog pores every single day, it's critical to use this proven acne treatment on a consistent basis.
Another key ingredient in acne control is developing a skincare regimen that you stick to, no matter what. Here are four suggestions on "how to prevent acne" on a daily basis:
Cleanse twice a day, every day. Washing your face twice a day ensures that oil, dirt and buildup don't clog your pores. Avoid the temptation to use a cleanser that contains granules, and don't use rough washcloths, puffs or sponges. All of these can irritate the skin and exacerbate breakouts.
Use an oil-free moisturizer. Although oil can clog pores, an oil-free moisturizer can keep skin smooth without clogging pores. Brown skin tends to change with the seasons; sometimes you may need to use moisturizer more often and other times you may need it less.
Apply sun protection. Brown skin that's prone to acne can still benefit from an oil-free sunscreen to guard against harmful UVA/UVB rays that cause premature aging and make dark spots even darker. A lightweight, oil-free formula that's perfect for brown, acne-prone skin is Rx for Brown Skin's Age Block Broad Spectrum SPF 15.
Exfoliate once a week. Exfoliating can greatly improve the texture of your skin and help prevent dead skin cells from clogging pores. Rx for Brown Skin's Absolute Radiance Intensive Exfoliating Serum is the equivalent of a "professional peel in a bottle," revealing brighter, more radiant brown skin.
DO remove makeup before exercising. The combination of sweat and makeup can clog pores and cause breakouts.
DON'T poke or squeeze pimples or touch your face with your fingers! This will only make it worse – spreading infection and leaving marks that can be very hard to get rid of.
DO wash everything that touches your face on a regular basis. This includes makeup brushes and sponges, pillowcases, face cloths and even your mobile phone. All of these items harbor oil and bacteria that can exacerbate acne.
DON'T overuse hair products, especially near the hairline where the products can migrate to your face.
DO things to minimize stress. Exercising regularly, taking breaks during the day and getting enough sleep can help reduce stress – and breakouts.
DON'T sunbathe. It's a myth that sunbathing improves acne.
Keeping your brown skin smooth and blemish-free requires work, but it is possible with the right acne treatment and skincare routine!