Acne can surely affect a person's physical appearance. Who doesn't want a clear, blemish-free skin that glows? But physical appearance isn't the only thing that acne can negatively affect. A new study found that these annoying little zits can actually affect a teenager's emotional health. There was a link found between pimples and depression and low self-esteem.
The study, which reviewed 16 previous studies, wasn't able to prove a cause and effect relationship between skin blemishes and emotional problems, but they were found to certainly create a huge impact on teenagers' lives. Acne can bring about higher rates of:
- low self-esteem
- even suicidal thoughts
One study in particular revealed that 9 percent of teenagers with acne exhibited signs of depression. This rate is about four times higher than the general population. It is also to be noted that the acne-depression duo can be a vicious cycle. Acne causes depression and depression (which causes stress) can worsen the skin problem. The review findings were published in the Dermatology Online Journal.
Because of these findings, it becomes more important for teenagers' parents to help their kids prevent and deal with this problem. Here are some ways on how acne can be prevented the effective way.
Stop Touching Your Face
The hands have lots of bacteria on them and touching your face all the time can be detrimental to your zits. Avoid using your hands to touch your face to prevent bacteria and dirt from clogging the pores of the skin. If you have long hair, you should also keep it from coming into contact with your face since hair has lots of dust and dirt trapped in there.
Wash Your Face Gently
Wash your face two times a day to remove bacteria that can clog the skin pores. It also gets rid of excess surface oils and dead skin cells. Just don't over-do with the washing. Remember, too much of a good thing is bad. If you wash your face excessively, it can over-dry your skin and irritate it, resulting in bursts of pimples enough to make you go crazy.
Exercise Every Day
Most people have no idea that exercise can actually help prevent acne.
Exercise can do wonders in preventing zit outbreaks because:
- Exercise enables the body to deal with stress more effectively.
- Exercise improves circulation and blood flow.
- Exercise enhances skin cells' ability to absorb oxygen.
While most other people are too devoted in preventing acne from the outside, you can try to focus on preventing it from the inside.
Take a Shower After Exercise
After a strenuous physical activity, be sure to take a shower to remove the excess oils that your body has created. The excess oil can clog the pores. It can be washed away when you take a shower.
Improve Sleeping Conditions
Changing your sleeping habits can also play a good role in acne prevention. For one, you need to sleep on a clean pillowcase every night. Change the pillow case at least two to three time a week. If you're a woman, never go to sleep with your make-up still on no matter how sleepy you already are.