Teenagers mostly see acne as another gross part of life. Knowing that we are not alone in our acne issues can help dealing them easier when we are teenagers, no matter how embarrassed we are by our “pizza faces”. Puberty is supposed to be the worst of our acne years; by adulthood we’re supposed to be mostly finished with it. This is why so many of us are so embarrassed by the occasional breakout or zit. Nothing makes us feel like kids again more than waking up to find that we’re sporting some new spots and bumps. When you are an adult those few zits and pimples usually come with quite a bit of facial pain. Here are some things you can do to fight acne (no matter how old you are).

Keep your hair off of your face.

Hair follicles produce oil, which gets transferred to your hair and then your face if your hair is allowed to hang in your face. If you have long hair that spends most of the day hanging in your face, the oil is easily transferred from follicle to pore which is how pimples are made. We understand the appeal of long hair and bangs, but it is better to keep your hair off of your face. There are lots of ways to keep your hair off of your face and still be stylish: braids, ponytails, headbands, clips, etc. You’ll thank yourself later when your skin is clear.

When you are prone to severe acne breakouts, you need to search for a strong cleanser that contains ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. These are stronger cleansers that are made for the express purpose of clearing up extensive acne. Do not buy these cleansers unless your acne really is severe-using them on sporadic zits and pimples could strip your skin of nutrients and make it more vulnerable to breakouts than it has ever been. People who suffer from really bad breakouts on a regular basis will find products with these ingredients extremely helpful-they could be just the ticket to cleaner and clearer skin!

If you do wake up to an acne flare up, do not let yourself pick at your face! Never squeeze or pick at zits. You never want to mess with your acne. It is all right to wash your face and treat your breakout with some acne fighting cleanser but never ever pop or pick at your zits. Sometimes acne will take a little bit of time to heal. What would you like to see the most? A week or so with a breakout or a lifetime with scars from it?

There is no rule that says acne combat needs to be expensive or extremely complicated. Keeping your face clean is the best way to fight against breakouts and acne. Don’t be too hard with your face because your skin is sensitive! A thorough cleansing is possible without having to resort to heavy scrubbing!