Getting a zit usually isn’t the end of the world. But when you are getting ready for prom, or wanting to snap a perfect selfie, it can certainly feel like it.

Gwen Verchota, lead nurse practitioner with our online clinic, recently gave some tips on how to prevent an acne breakout, and what can cause it.

Have patience

Plan ahead and be patient. Sadly, there’s no quick fix for acne. If you have a big event coming up, start a treatment plan about 4 to 8 weeks beforehand. It will take time to heal and bring down the inflammation present within the skin.

And while it’s tempting to cover a blemish with make-up, try to reduce or change your cosmetic routine. It’s also important to make sure that you are using a great moisturizer. Using moisturizers that are oil free will help to nourish and hydrate your skin without causing breakouts.

Watch what you eat (and drink)

Some people flair up when their diet is primarily processed foods, high in sweets, or a high intake of foods with white flour. Try staying away from foods with lots of carbs (or a high glycemic index).

Some studies also show that skim milk and dairy products can make acne worse. Switching to almond or soy milk can often help.

Relax. No, seriously.

Acne and stress are best friends. The more you stress, the more it can make existing acne worse. Stress increases certain hormones that aggravate acne. Finding ways to reduce stress and learning better ways to handle stress can improve acne. (Among having many other benefits!)

Did you know? can help with treating acne. It’s simple! Just upload a few photos, answer some questions, and a nurse practitioner will follow-up with a personalized treatment plan.

You can also make an appointment with one of our dermatologists.