Goodbye Acne, Hello Great Skin–16 Tips to Prevent Acne

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To say goodbye to acne and hello to great skin, Great Skin Spa and Skincare aestheticians recommend using the right treatments and adjusting product use and hygiene habits. Here are some tips from our aestheticians to get rid of acne:

Use Proper Products for Acne-Prone Skin

Use non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic products. Non-comedogenic cosmetics and suntan lotions won’t clog pores.  Non-acnegenic products won’t cause pimples.

Cosmetic products that contain lanolins, isopropyl myristate, sodium lauryl sulphate, laureth-4 and D & C red dyes should be avoided. Like oil, these ingredients are too rich for the skin. One of our great aestheticians at Great Skin can recommend the best products.

Avoid Using Moisturizers on Acne-Prone Areas

If you do use a moisturizer, make sure it is non-acnegenic. If irritation, dryness and peeling occur, use an oil-free, non-acnegenic, or non-comedogenic moisturizer.  Check with an aesthetician at Great Skin for recommendations on a great moisturizer.

Apply Acne Products Properly–Don’t Just Spot-Treat 

Great Skin has a variety of products for acne, but we always show our clients how to apply them properly. The pore-clogging process happens two to three weeks before any blackheads or blemishes become visible on the skin.  Apply acne products about half an inch around the affected area, to help keep the acne from spreading. Acne moves across the face from the nose to the ear, so you need to treat beyond the inflamed area. Most people make the mistake of treating only the pimples and not the outlying areas of skin.  Come by Great Skin and one of our aestheticians would be happy to show you how to apply acne products correctly.

Use Make-up for Acne Prone Skin

In adult women, make-up is the major factor in acne outbreaks, especially oil based products. It’s the oil that causes the problem. The oil is usually a derivative of fatty acids that are more potent than your own fatty acids. Use a non-oil-based make-up if you are prone to acne.  Avoid thick, greasy make-up over affected areas. Some make-up is acceptable but try to choose “non-comedogenic” cosmetics if possible.

Avoid covering yourself with thick layers of make-up, and if you do, wash it off as soon as you can, certainly do not leave on overnight.

Wash Face Properly

Wash the skin gently with a mild facial cleanser and warm (not hot) water twice daily. Hot water and harsh cleansers can further irritate your skin and undermine your acne prevention efforts. Pat dry. Great Skin offers a variety of great facial cleansers for acne-prone skin.

Wash Make-Up Off Properly

Many people don’t know how to wash their face properly, which is a very important step in acne prevention.  Drop by the spa and we will show you how to wash your face properly.  Wash your make-up off thoroughly as soon as possible. Do not leave it on overnight. Use a mild cleanser and make sure you rinse well.

Don’t Scrub Acne

It’s tempting to try to scrub away acne, but that’s not how to get rid of pimples. Scrubbing too hard or too frequently can actually make your acne worse and promote scarring by increasing inflammation or rupturing cysts under your skin, making bacteria spread.

Keep Oily Hair Away From Forehead, Face, Neck and Shoulders

Oily hair can aggravate acne, so stay away from oily products like pomades or hair spray, especially if you want to get rid of pimples on your forehead.

If your hair is long, wear it pulled back or consider a shorter style that keeps it off your face, neck and shoulders if acne prevention is important in those areas. Be sure to pull your hair away from your skin when you sleep so that pimples don’t develop overnight.

Don’t Squeeze Pimples or Whiteheads

A pimple is an inflammation, and you could add to the inflammation by squeezing it, which could lead to an infection. A pimple will always go away in one to four weeks if you leave them alone.

Drink Plenty of Water

Water helps detoxify the body from the inside out. Drink at least 8 ounces of water per day.  To avoid frequent trips to restroom, sip water throughout the day. Sodas, coffee, etc. don’t count.  Many people don’t drink water because they don’t like how it tastes.  Here is a recipe for spa water, which also helps flatten your tummy, that you might like:

  • Distilled or Drinking Water
  • Fresh Graded Ginger
  • Freshly sliced Cucumber, Lime & Lemon (to taste)
    Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Let it stand and ferment. Drink and enjoy!


  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Reduce Appetite
  • Increase Metabolism
  • Flushes Toxins – reduces stomach size
  • Hydrates the body

Avoid Too Much Sun Exposure

Some acne products may cause adverse reactions to the sun, so minimize you exposure. Acne isn’t really helped by the sun.  Although a suntan can temporarily make acne look less severe, it won’t help it go away permanently.  Don’t soak up those rays – either under the sun or from a tanning bed – in an effort to help your skin.

Avoid Wearing Hats or Headbands That Rub Your Forehead

Wearing headbands and that touch your forehead can make acne worse.

Avoid Touching Your Face

Don’t touch your face because your hands have oil on them and this can make acne worse.

Exercise Regularly

Exercising regularly can also help reduce stress and it increases blood circulation and oxygen penetration to the skin, which may help with acne prevention. If you work out, bring along pre-moistened alcohol towelettes to wipe sweat off your face, back and chest. Use towels to cover neck and chest areas to prevent coming in direct contact with the equipment.  Sweat combines with skin oils to trap dirt and bacteria in your pores, causing blackheads and pimples, so it’s important to shower as soon as possible after you work out or sweat profusely.

Avoid Stress

Since stress can trigger acne, try to avoid stressful situations, resolve stresses by talking to friends/family or a professional.

Eat Right and Get Enough Sleep

Eating right and getting enough sleep are important for good health and are

Great Skin Spa and Skincare in Arlington, TX offers a variety services to treat acne.  We also have a wide array of acne products, including our Clarifying Camphor Mint Masque. We also offer a facial club to help make acne treatments more affordable.