Fighting acne is no easy feat.

Worse, spots have a way of making appearance in the most obvious places at the most inconvenient of times. And, while some full coverage concealers can help cover them up for the day, the unsightly pimples are always a cause of concern.

There are numerous ways to try to prevent facial acne simply by knowing what’s causing them. You can’t prevent acne caused by genetic reasons but all others? Not only can you prevent them but also, fight the sorely sights back to their dunes with the right products.

Read on to see what causes acne at each part of the face:

Acne on the Forehead

Starting from the top, acne on the forehead is caused by two reasons. First, your hair products and your styles. For example, if you have your hair cut in bangs, the resting hair on your forehead can cause accumulation of oil and products on the skin and cause acne. The kind of shampoos and styling products that you use in your hair can cause pore congestion on your forehead and result in the appearance of those pesky bumps too.

Another reason for acne on the forehead is poor diet. A diet rich in red meats, alcohol and saturated fats can also cause acne on your forehead. Try cutting down the mentioned items from your diet and introduce herbal teas and vegetables as part of your meals more often.

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Acne on the Cheeks

There are mainly three reasons for acne appearing on your cheeks.

The first one being respiratory problems. If you are a smoker, you are likely to experience acne on your cheeks. Try cutting down on smoking and get some exercise and fresh air every day.

The second reason for acne on your cheeks is poor metabolism. If your digestive system is slow and is not absorbing nutrients fast enough, then it could result in acne on your cheeks.

Third and the most easily avoidable reason for acne on your cheeks is transfer of germs and bacterias via dirty phones and pillowcases. Keep a sanitizer at hand for cleaning your phone and hands all the time and wash your pillowcases regularly to avoid bacterial build up.

Acne on the Nose

The skin on your nose has the most pores and often, larger in size than the rest of the facial pores. This is why it is crucial to keep them all clean inside out.

One way to keep your t-zone pores clean is to use products that help de-congest them and minimize their appearance. The second way is to use non-comedogenic makeup products and use clean makeup brushes and tools for applying makeup.

To keep the pores clean on the inside, keep your blood pressure low. High blood pressure is one of the key causes of acne on your nose. Eat fruits, vegetables and nuts instead of eating bad fats.

Acne on the Jawline and Chin

Ah! The one kind of acne that’s most difficult to prevent. Acne on the jawline and chin is usually caused by hormonal changes. These can include the changes as you grow up and also, temporary hormonal fluctuations caused by the monthly menstrual cycle.

So while you can minimize the appearance of acne by using good quality skin care, drinking lots of water, keeping your diet clean and getting regular exercise, you really can’t prevent it. As Mother Nature strikes every month, hormonal acne is likely to come back every time.

Acne on the jawline can also be caused by congestion in the intestine which in turn is the result of eating too much processed food. Go for healthier and more natural food options rather than packaged ones that are chock-full of harmful preservatives, excessive salt and other ingredients that are alien for normal consumption.

How to Prevent and Fight Acne

Since most of the causes of the acne are related to diet, the best way to healthier skin is to eat well. Focus on fruits, vegetables and fibre laden fruits. Avoid fatty items and processed foods and cut down on dairy, red meat, alcohol and smoking. Drink at least 2 liters of water during the day and do some light exercise in fresh air every day to get your blood circulation going.

Once your diet and lifestyle has improved, focus on good skin care. Always remove makeup using a good micellar water or a cleansing balm at the end of the day. Do double cleanse to really clean the skin.

Focus on products that contain salicylic acid like PETER THOMAS ROTH – Acne Clearing Wash, PETER THOMAS ROTH Acne Face And Body Scrub and Philosophy – Clear Days Ahead Oil-Free Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment Cleanser.

If you are already suffering from acne, spot treat them using Acne-Clear Invisible Dots, PETER THOMAS ROTH – Acne Spot And Area Treatment and Philosophy – Clear Days Ahead Fast-Acting Salicylic Acid Acne Spot Treatment.

For more widespread acne, use overnight treatments and masques like Dermalogica – mediBac Sebum Clearing Masque, PETER THOMAS ROTH – Therapeutic Sulfur Masque (Acne Treatment), Philosophy – Clear Days Ahead Overnight Repair Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment Pads and PETER THOMAS ROTH – AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel.

All of these products contain BHAs, mainly salicylic acid, that penetrates deep into the skin, purges and decongests pores to help prevent acne. BHAs are also known to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties to treat the acneic area once the skin is already affected. It helps dry down oil and control sebum production so that the problem isn’t exacerbated further.