Waking up and spotting a new (uninvited) guest on your face is a complete nightmare. What’s worse is that they seem to magically appear right before an important meeting or a big event. Yes, we are talking about the annoying AF pimples. Despite all the things you do to keep acne at bay, taking plenty of meds your dermat gives you and keeping your distance from junk food, those pesky pimples come right back in your life and on your face! If you are doing it all to prevent pimples, are your skincare habits to be blamed? We say yes! 

Turns out, eating right and acne treatments won’t help until you start treating your acne-prone skin well. And, we have right here, a skincare handbook to help you do that and prevent pimples for good. So, if you are fed up with waking up to a new pimple every day on your face and more, getting random advice from people on how to prevent pimples, stop and breathe! We have something that will help you get rid of them pimples ASAP. Take a look at some good skin habits and skincare tips you can follow to prevent pimples and get clear and beautiful skin in no time. Read on...


Tip 1: Keep your face squeaky clean at all times

Keep your face squeaky clean at all times

First things first, keep your face clean. Excess oil, sweat and dirt are all contributing factors of acne and if you have been struggling with the skin issue all your life, you know it all too well. If you have oily skin, chances are you have been a victim of pimples in your life. Thus, to get rid of the pimples, you need to get rid of all the oil and grime. Wash your face with a mild foaming face wash twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. Another way to make sure your skin isn’t covered in grime and dirt as you go about your day is to keep facial wipes with you. Whenever you feel oil on your skin, use the facial wipes to get every trace of oil and dirt off from your face. This will help keep acne-causing bacteria off of the skin and help prevent pimples.


Tip 2: Don’t pop or pick the pimple

Don’t pop or pick the pimple

What is the first thing that crosses your mind when you spot a new pimple on your face? To pop pimple and get over it right there and then, right? Allow us to tell you why this could be the worst thing you can do to your skin. Not only popping and picking a pimple leaves a permanent (or long-lasting) scar, but it also invites more pimples. That’s right. Popping pimples pushes back bacteria deep into your skin which results into an even worse acne situation. Plus, the marks it leaves are a pain to get rid of and can really bring your beauty game down. So, to prevent pimples and keep them from knocking on your door every once in a while, resist popping it next time and trust a proper acne treatment cream to treat them. This will ensure you eliminate pimples from your life without it leaving any mark and a chance of them knocking on door again. 


Tip 3: Keep your skin hydrated

Keep your skin hydrated

To get clear and spotless skin, it is really important to hydrate it in and out. Yes, we do not just mean hydrating your skin by drinking eight glasses of water. While that will give you healthy skin, keeping your skin moisturised is also equally important.

Keep you face moisturised and your skin nourished at all time. However you need to be careful with the moisturiser you pick for yourself. Rich and heavy moisturisers can block pores and urge your sebaceous glands to produce more sebum. You need a lightweight and oil-free moisturiser for you skin that doesn’t give your skin a greasy feel and suits your oily skin type. You can trust the Ponds Light Moisturiser Non-Oily Fresh Feel. It is 80% water based, lightweight and thus perfect for oily and acne-prone skin. It is enriched with Vitamin E and leaves your skin soft and glowing.    


Tip 4: Keep your hands off

Keep your hands off

Picking and fiddling with your skin and pimples will do bad things to your skin. But did you know it is one of the reasons why your pimples keep coming back? Your hands carry bacteria, germs and grime which, when comes in contact with your skin, clogs pores, settles deep into them and causes acne, blackheads and what not.

So, to prevent pimples and to keep your face from becoming a zit city, keep the face-touching to a minimum. Also, the oil and sweat on your hands contribute to oil on your face which triggers oily skin problems, including acne. Use wipes to get the sweat off and to remove makeup. Of course, go ahead and scratch your nose, but only with clean hands. Don’t ever touch your face or any other acne-prone body part like neck or back with sweaty and grimy hands. Always wash them first or clean them with wipes before touching your face.   


Tip 5: Swear by SPF

Swear by SPF

You know sunscreen can save your skin from dark spots, sunburn and rash, but it is also a must have product if your skin is prone to breakouts. Plus, if you have sensitive skin and you get acne very often, it is even more important for you to slather SPF on your skin (face, neck, back) before going out to prevent pimples. Free radicals from UV light can block your pores and develop pimples. Not just that, it damages your skin and can worsen your acne. To avoid this, always apply sunscreen with at least SPF30 to protect your skin from radical damage and prevent further development of pimples. Stick to an oil-free sunscreen with a lightweight formula that doesn’t weight down your skin or make it greasy. Get your hands on the Lakmé Sun Expert Ultra Matte SPF 50 PA+++ Lotion. It is ultra-light, non-sticky and is a mattifying sunscreen that protects your skin from 97% of harmful UVB rays without leaving it feeling oily or greasy.


Tip 6: Use the right skincare products for your skin

Use the right skincare products for your skin

Using the right skincare products that target your specific skin concerns, can help you keep your skin issues at bay and give you healthy and perfect skin. Steer clear of oil-based beauty products that make your skin more greasy and trigger more pimples. If you use products that induce oil production, you can end up with more pimples than you ever had. Invest in anti-acne skincare products since you have acne-prone skin. You need to stock up beauty products that are non-comedogenic and lightweight be it a face cleanser, moisturiser or a serum, so they don’t add in to your skin issues. These products won’t block pores and are light for your skin and thus help keep your skin clear of pimples. Also, look for skincare products that are formulated with acne fighting ingredients such as tea tree oil, salicylic acid, Vitamin C and benzoyl peroxide that targets the acne and prevent pimples once and for all.


Tip 7: Tone down that makeup

Tone down that makeup

When we talk about how to prevent pimples, we often ignore the part that makeup plays in it. Yes, staying hydrated and eating right is important, along with using the right skincare, but what is also important is limiting makeup and using the right kind of makeup. Start choosing organic brands free of sulfates and leads. Replace your heavy foundations with tinted moisturisers. Go easy on the makeup. Also, a bonus tip: do not go to bed with your makeup on, ever. Or else you would be rewarded with a big fat pimple, the next day.


Tip 8: Ditch that junk food

Ditch that junk food

Unfortunately, as much as we would like to say that you can eat that burger or those French fries if you are someone who has the tendency to break out any minute, stay away from junk food. Give yourself cheat days, but mostly, just stay away. The reason is that these are high glycemic foods and contribute towards spiking blood sugar levels. All of this combined result in breakouts and acne on your face. Also, include more greens and leafy vegetables in your diet. Eat low-sugar foods and avoid whey protein and cow's milk.


Tip 9: Try warm compress or steam

Try warm compress or steam

Steam works wonders, even warm compress. As per many experts, taking steam over the affected area that has broken out softens the skin and brings everything to the surface. Then, using a cold compress, the toxicity and swelling can be brought down.


Tip 10: Try stress management

Try stress management

As we said, the answer to the question of how to prevent pimples does not just lie in our skincare. It also lies in the makeup we use, the food we eat, and our mental health. As per the American Academy of Dermatology, it has been proven that the more you are stressed, the more you have the tendency to break out. This happens because the oil-producing hormones in the body go into overdrive when the mind is in stress. Try meditating or doing yoga. Aromatherapy is a good option too.


FAQ on how to prevent pimples

FAQ on how to prevent pimples

Q. What to eat to stop getting pimples?

A. While there are no specific guidelines on what to eat, certain foods surely help in flushing out toxins. As you eat healthily, your skin becomes better and healthier. You can take a look at all the superfoods here.

Q. Does masturbation cause acne?

A. No. This is a common myth around masturbation. On the contrary, masturbation releases stress in the body which may lead to lesser pimples.

Q. What is the best cure for pimples?

A. While there is no best cure, there are certain remedies that you can try, along with the aforementioned tips and tricks. Check out those here.