A guy looking at his complexion in the mirror.

Have you ever heard of the urban myth that your skin starts to break out when you're in love? If having a deep affection for someone is the reason for those pesky zits that appear on your face, then some of us may just opt to remain single for life! 

Pimples are a nuisance. They can affect our confidence levels, especially because women are attracted to men with great skin. If pimples are currently the bane of your existence, learn simple yet effective ways on how to get rid of acne — and keep them at bay for good.

But First, What Causes Pimples?

Why does acne appear on the skin?

Pimples appear when dead skin, sebum, dirt, and bacteria clog the skin's pores, causing an infection that results in red, inflamed bumps. This can happen when you don’t wash your face diligently, resulting in a buildup of dirt and sweat that may trigger those breakouts.

Your genes can also be a factor in determining your risk for acne. However, with the right skin care routine, you should be able to ward off (or, at the very least, minimize) the appearance of pimples.

How to Prevent Pimples

The best way to avoid acne is to keep pores free from dirt, oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells. But since we are constantly exposed to dirt and pollutants, not to mention other risk factors like an unhealthy diet (such as eating food that is high in refined sugars), the possibility is always there.

You've probably heard this way too many times already, but that's only because it's true; prevention is better than cure. Acne care starts with taking good care of your skin. Do this by following a basic skincare routine every day and night:

1. Wash your face regularly.

Wash at least twice a day – in the morning and evening. Cleansing removes any impurities that may clog the pores. The POND’S Men Acne Solution Anti-Acne is the best facial wash for acne prevention, thanks to its AntiAcne formula. It contains a powerful pimple-fighter, Thymol-T essence—which is proven to reduce acne in just 3 days. It goes deep within the skin to target acne-causing bacteria, resulting in smoother, clear skin. 

2. Moisturize daily.

Guys with extremely dry or oily skin are more prone to acne breakouts. Therefore, it’s important to balance your skin with a moisturizer that can help regulate oil production and provide your skin the moisture it needs.

3. Eat healthily and drink lots of water.

Looking good starts from within. A healthy diet can go a long way in keeping your skin resistant to acne. Avoid foods that can trigger pimples like fast food and those high in refined sugars.

The next time you go on a grocery run, don’t forget to add these items that are good for the skin:

  • Whole grains
  • Legumes
  • Carrots
  • Apricots
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Brown rice
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Blueberries
  • Turkey
  • Salmon, mackerel, and other types of fatty fish
  • Nuts

As a general rule, skin-friendly food choices must include complex carbohydrates, zinc, vitamins A and E, and antioxidants.

What to Do When You Already Have Acne

Cleanse and moisturize to keep skin healthy and acne-free.

Breakouts could still occur despite your best efforts to have clear skin. In case you wake up and discover a pimple, don’t panic. Here are some helpful tips:

Don't prick your acne.

Resist the urge to pop a pimple because it can worsen the infection or cause scarring. There is a safer way to extract a pimple: visit a dermatologist. They are in the best position to give you more information on acne treatment, especially if you have a bad breakout.

Keep your hands off your face.

Don't touch your face. Doing so increases the risk that you give in to the urge of pricking it. It can also cause the spread of bacteria.

Continue washing your face.

Since the oil glands are active all day, there is always a risk of getting clogged pores. Wash your face with a product that contains salicylic acid. Use Master Facial Wash Anti-Pimple in the morning and evening to help treat your breakout.

Feeling confident should come easier now that you know how to get rid of acne. To make sure that you don’t get another round of breakouts, why don’t you start incorporating these tips into your regular skincare routine?