Ways to Prevent Pimples

Chances are that you will develop at least one pimple over the course of your life – and in many cases, it is due to factors that are out of your hands, like genetics and fluctuating hormone levels. Nevertheless, there are certain precautions that you can take to minimize the chance that pimples will appear or reappear. But aside from common tips like regularly washing your skin and visiting your dermatologist when you have a particularly bad breakout, what other precautions should you keep in mind?

Use the ViaBuff Level 1 Exfoliating Buff


Designed specifically to exfoliate acne-ridden skin, the ViaBuff Level 1 Exfoliating Buff is abrasive enough to remove dead skin cells and debris that may clog your pores, but gentle enough that it won’t aggravate already-inflamed acne lesions. Even better, our buffs are dermatologist-tested, cruelty-free, and last an average of 90 days – that’s three times longer than the life of your standard loofah or puff! With 60% more usable surface area than your standard puff, the ViaBuff Level 1 Exfoliating Buff makes exfoliation quick and efficient. Best of all, our buffs limit water and skincare product retention so that products can be massaged into your skin, not the crevices of the buff.

Don’t Pop Pimples

Technically, there is a proper way to pop pimples that involves using a sterilized needle to lance your lesions. However, most of us are not formally-trained dermatologists, and there is a likelihood that we may end up further damaging our skin if we try to pop pimples on our own.

For example, the contents of a freshly-popped zit may seep into surrounding pores and cause further acne outbreaks. Additionally, squeezing and pricking pimples can both introduce new bacteria into the pimple and encourage bacteria to burrow deeper within your skin, which certainly doesn’t help to eliminate acne. In many cases, it will save you a great deal of time, effort, and annoyance if you either let a dermatologist pop your pimple or rely on topical and oral treatments to eliminate your acne. If your acne does not resolve itself within a few weeks, then it’s a sign that you may need to see your dermatologist for some prescription-strength treatments (Acne.org, Dr. Zakiya Rice).


Clean Surfaces that are Regularly in Contact with Your Face

Surfaces that regularly make contact with skin or apply pressure to your skin (like cell phones, glasses, helmets, etc.) can harbor a great deal of bacteria, oil, and other debris after weeks and months of use. These surfaces may deprive your pores of air and aggravate already-inflamed lesions, in addition to introducing more bacteria to your lesions. In these cases, it is best to wipe off these surfaces every day after use and look for actions/products that limit contact with your skin, such as wireless headsets instead of a telephone, or contact lenses instead of spectacles (Prevention, Everyday Health).

Bottom Line

Pimples are an unavoidable part of adolescence (and even adulthood) for most people. While you may do your best to eat a healthy diet and maintain clean skin, genetics, hormones, and certain lifestyle factors may be overriding your efforts. As an extra defense again pesky breakouts, you will likely benefit from using the ViaBuff Level 1 Exfoliating Buff, designed specifically for those suffering from acne-ridden skin; relying more on medications and therapies to treat your acne, and leave the pimple-popping to your dermatologist; and making sure to clean off surfaces that regularly touch your skin, like cell phones and eyeglasses.

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