Cold Showers & Acne

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Acne plagues both teenagers and adults. This condition negatively effects self-esteem and can be difficult to eradicate. One easy prevention method is a cold shower every day.

Cold showers are an easy acne treatment method.
Cold showers are an easy acne treatment method. (Image: Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Acne

Acne is blemishes (also known as zits, pimples, whiteheads and blackheads) on the body. These blemishes are pores clogged with dirt and bacteria, becoming red, inflamed and filled with puss.

Blemishes on the body are known as acne.
Blemishes on the body are known as acne. (Image: cristi_m/iStock/Getty Images)

Prevention

One means of aiding in the prevention of acne is to take a cold shower every day. Accompany this routine with a long, hot bath once a week (with Epsom salts, sea salt or bubbles) to open up and cleanse pores thoroughly.

A hot bath can also prevent acne.
A hot bath can also prevent acne. (Image: Anna Omelchenko/iStock/Getty Images)

Misconceptions

A common misconception is that hot water is an effective way to kill the bacteria on your face and clean pores. However, using hot water washes away body oils, causing your skin to work harder at replenishing those oils, which may result in more blemishes.

Washing your face with hot water may actually worsen blemishes.
Washing your face with hot water may actually worsen blemishes. (Image: Dejan Ristovski/iStock/Getty Images)

Exercise

Always take a cool shower or bath following an exercise regime of any kind. Exercise causes your pores to open up to produce sweat. A cold shower will wash away bacteria and close your pores back up after exercising to prevent the intrusion of more bacteria.

ALways take a cool shower after a workout.
ALways take a cool shower after a workout. (Image: shironosov/iStock/Getty Images)

Soap

The use of soap can dry out your skin. Dry skin stimulates the glands to produce more body oils, causing more acne. Instead, use a moisturizing body wash during your cold shower and a moisturizer afterward.

Soap can dry out your skin.
Soap can dry out your skin. (Image: Mallivan/iStock/Getty Images)

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