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How To Prevent Acne And Maintain Clear Skin

Acne is a common skin condition that affects many people worldwide. But how do you prevent acne from forming? Understanding the main causes of acne is the first step towards finding effective solutions.

Some of the main causes of acne: excess oil production, clogged hair follicles by oil and dead skin cells, bacteria (P.Acnes) and excess activity of a type of hormone (androgens). Knowing these causes can help us identify the best strategies to prevent acne.

One of the most natural cost effective ways to prevent acne is maintaining a clean and healthy skin regimen. This includes washing your face twice daily and double cleanse at night to remove excess oil, makeup and dead skin cells. However, it's important to avoid harsh cleansers that can lead to skin irritation. Instead, opt for gentle cleansers like the Obagi Nuderm gentle cleanser, which is specially designed to clean, soothe, and refresh your skin without causing unnecessary dryness or irritation.

Diet and lifestyle changes can also significantly impact your skin health. A balanced diet, regular exercise, and adequate sleep can help reduce the risk of acne breakouts. As can small habit changes like regularly changing your pillowcases and towel to avoid the build-up of oil and bacteria. I’d recommend changing them at least twice a week if your prone to breakouts.

Topical treatments can be an effective way to prevent acne. Products like Obagi CLENZIderm system which contains salicylic acid, can help unclog pores and prevent spots. Similarly, Obagi Tretinoin ( vitamin A) works by promoting the renewal of skin cells and helping with oil control. While these products can be highly effective, it's always recommended to consult with skincare professional before starting any new skincare regimen. It does take time and commitment to improve skin-health. We offer a bespoke skincare and treatment plan to achieve this so please contact The Medished if you're struggling.


Outside of the “normal” causes of acne, I’m often asked about acne outbreaks after returning from holiday. Returning from a holiday can sometimes lead to unexpected breakouts. You might wonder, "Why am I breaking out after coming back from holiday?" This could be due to several factors. Traveling can expose your skin to different environments, climates, and pollutants, which can disrupt your skin's balance and lead to breakouts. Also sometimes using the wrong SPF can lead to breakout skin. Changes in diet or sleep patterns during your holiday can also contribute to post-holiday acne.

So, how do you get rid of holiday acne? Returning to your regular skincare routine as soon as possible can help your skin regain its balance. Also, consider using a gentle exfoliator to remove any buildup of dead skin cells or pollutants. If your skin is particularly stressed, products like Obagi Clenziderm system can help soothe and treat breakouts and opting for a non-comogenic moisturier like the Obagi Hydrate is advised.


Another common question is, "Can working out cause spots on skin?" The answer is yes, it can. While exercise itself is good for your skin as it increases blood flow and nourishes skin cells, the sweat and oils that your skin produces during a workout can clog your pores if not properly cleaned, leading to breakouts.

So, how do you get rid of spots from the gym? It's essential to cleanse your skin immediately after a workout to remove sweat and oil. Using a product like Obagi CLENZIderm M.D.® Daily Care Foaming Cleanser can help keep your pores clear. Also, avoid wearing makeup during a workout and always clean your workout equipment before use to prevent the spread of bacteria.


We see many teenagers at The Medished, many of them children of existing patients. Although most teens will have acne at some point they may be embarrassed by it. I can't stress how important it is to take your teen's feelings about acne seriously. Acne can cause low self-esteem and if we help them in the early stages this can help decrease the long-term effects of acne. I offer a hand held teen acne service which includes a bespoke medical grade skincare plan tailored to them with Whatsapp access for top tips. Certain makeups and lifestyle factors can increase breakouts... we are always on hand to help! Sun exposure can make acne worse, and some medications make skin susceptible to the sun's rays so it's essential a physical SPF is worn daily by everyone! (easier said than done with teenagers!)

Also it's advisable to not touch or pick at problem areas as this can lead cot scarring. If the problem is more severe I will advise a dermatologist referral.

In conclusion, preventing acne involves a combination of a healthy lifestyle, a good skincare routine, and possibly, the use of topical treatments. It's important to remember that everyone's skin is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. Therefore, it's crucial to understand your skin type and find a skincare regimen that suits you best. For more information on acne and its treatments, visit our Acne Treatment page and read our previous blog.

Remember, the journey to clear skin may take time, but with the right information and products, it's possible to help prevent acne and maintain a healthy, glowing complexion.

With love, Dil x

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