Acne breakouts often occur because of changes you’ve made to your daily routine. Maybe you’ve started using a different shampoo, face cream or soap. These are often the biggest culprits of an acne breakout.
If you want to keep your skin clear and radiant, avoid breakouts by following these 11 simple tips:
Choose Acne-Friendly Makeup
The makeup you use (and how much you use) has a big impact on the health of your skin. If you’re prone to breakouts, look for products that say “non-comedogenic” on the label. This means that the product is specifically designed not to clog your pores. Clogged pores are one of the leading causes of breakouts. And make sure you have taken all your make up off when you go to sleep.
If you’ve turned to acne products to control your outbreaks (which most of you probably have), the importance of moisturizing becomes a key component in keeping your breakouts at bay. Most acne products contain ingredients that dry out the skin, thus, moisturizing immediately after is critical. Make sure you hydrate your skin with water before applying the moisturizer.
Review Your Shampoo
Have you noticed that you’ve been breaking out a lot more than usual lately? You might want to check your shampoo. Shampoos and conditioners with a lot fragrance and chemicals can irritate skin and cause breakouts on your forehead, jaw, neck and back. Considering using non-fragrance products (or all-natural products) and always make sure you rinse the shampoo out of your hair completely before washing your face in the shower.
Stop Touching Your Face
This might seem like common sense but keeping your hands away from your face is harder than you think. Your head is resting on your hands and your fingers are running up your cheeks. These movements can cause irritation and spark a breakout. Keeping your hands and fingers off your face will keep it clean and healthy and help eliminate future breakouts.
Go Easy on the Makeup
Lightening up on the makeup will almost certainly help control your breakouts. Not only are the ingredients in most makeup products bad for your skin but applying makeup means touching your face, which can lead to a breakout. If you must wear makeup, try adding a dab of liquid foundation to an all-natural moisturizer which will help hydrate the skin instead of drying it out.
Stay Out of the Sun
A little bit of sun has been known to reduce breakouts but too much can cause damage to your skin and prompt a breakout. If you’re planning a weekend at the beach, be sure to load up on sunscreen and moisturizer – these will help keep your skin hydrated and protected from the sun which will equal less breakouts this summer.
Exercising daily will not only help you look and feel better but it will also help reduce the frequency of your breakouts. Working out increases the blood flow through the body which will keep your skin looking healthy and radiant. Plus, when you workout, you drink more water and drinking more water will definitely help prevent acne breakouts.
Staying calm and happy has actually been proven to help control breakouts. Acne often appears when someone becomes stressed out or worried about something (perhaps you’re worried about breaking out) and tends to spread faster in these circumstances as well. The best thing to do is to keep calm and try not to sweat the small stuff. In doing so, you’ll feel and look better.
An unhealthy diet has always been linked to acne. While many studies fail to prove a direct link between the two, doctors and health experts agree that maintaining a healthy diet can go a long way in preventing breakouts. Also, you may not know it but you might have a small allergy to some foods (dairy is a common one) which can spark acne problems. Reducing the amount of dairy you eat, along with unhealthy foods like greasy burgers, french fries, chips and soda will undoubtedly help eliminate your breakouts.
Quit Smoking and Drinking
Hopefully, this will be an easy one for most of you out there (because hopefully you don’t do either of these things to begin with) but if you do smoke or drink you should seriously consider quitting. Smoking and drinking dehydrate the skin, making it much more prone to breaking out. Eliminating these bad habits from your daily routine will help your skin stay clear and your body stay healthy.
Drinking water is an easy (and cost-effective) way to keep your breakouts at bay. Drinking water not only hydrates your skin but it eliminates all of the unhealthy toxins from your body – some of which may have been the cause of your earlier breakouts. Consuming at least 8 glasses a day will keep your skin looking radiant and glowing everyday.