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How to Avoid Breakouts

Who wouldn’t want to start out the year with a fresh, clean face? Although some people are naturally much more prone to acne and blemishes, and a dermatologist will be the biggest help, here are some tips that will help everyone avoid breakouts!


1. Wash your face. Seems like a no-brainer, but a big part of having clear skin is about hygiene and avoiding bacteria. Sure, you hear it over and over again, but washing your face really is the first and most important step. Use face wash that isn’t too harsh and has primarily natural ingredients. If you just can’t make yourself do it daily, at least do it in the evening if you have been sweating, worn lots of makeup or been outside all day.


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2. Be consistent with products. It’s best to use all facial products (wash, lotions, exfoliatiors, etc.) of the same brand so they work together. Try a family of products and stick with it for a few weeks to make sure it’s working for you, and then don’t change until it isn’t. Some products will dry out your face, while some will make it oily—your skin will get really confused if you keep switching it up.


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3. Change out your facial makeup and tools frequently. This mainly means the pads and brushes you use for application. Wash them or buy new ones regularly. If you are consistently using the makeup, you should just be able to buy new powder or foundation once it’s gone, but if the product is a hand-me-down or becomes old, just get a new one instead.


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4. Don’t share makeup. It’s a bummer, but makeup is really meant to be single-user. Unless you can change out the applicator before every new person uses it, then it’s best to avoid the foreign bacteria. Not only can it cause zits, but there are several diseases that can spread through eye and mouth products!


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5. Change your pillowcase often. This one is challenging, especially in college, but try to change out your pillowcase once a week (or more) if you’ve recently had a breakout. You may even need to look into a gentle detergent if your skin is extra sensitive.


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6. Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated will solve all sorts of health problems including facial blemishes. Drinking the proper amount of H2O gives your skin the right kind of elasticity it needs to replenish and bounce back.

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7. Wash the hair around your face. There are a lot of ways to avoid cleaning your hair these days, such as using dry shampoo and wearing adorable hats. However, your hairline is the closest carrier of bacteria, being so close to your face. If you don’t have time to wash your entire head, a quick cheat is to just wash your bangs or the hair around your face, especially if you have used hair products or have been sweating that day.


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8. Avoid sugar. A little dessert every once in a while is awesome, but excessive candy, soda and sweets cause an overproduction of oils. Try balancing out your diet with fruits and veggies, and be extra disciplined at times when your hormones are going crazy and all you want is a bag of Rolos!

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9. Clean your phone. If you’re holding your phone up to your cheek consistently, then give it a quick wipe-down every week (but be careful not to cause water damage). Phones contain all kinds of germs, so it’s good for you to clean it anyway!

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10. Don’t pick at your face. It’s SO hard to resist, but when you do get blemishes, don’t mess with them. Make sure your hands and face are clean, but don’t pop the pimples or scratch off the scabs. If you must get rid of an unsightly whitehead, wash your hands, soak it with a warm rag, wait for the area to dry and gently use your fingers (not your nails). Other than worst-case scenarios, leaving a blemish alone is the quickest way to get rid of it.

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Do you girls struggle with breakouts? Do you have any additional tips?

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  1. N.E.S.

    Posted by N.E.S. on August 10, 2015 at 00:11

    My mom keeps telling me this, but I definitely want to eat veggies… maybe I should stop eating sweets all together.

  2. musicianforjesus

    Posted by musicianforjesus on February 17, 2015 at 10:26

    Does anyone have any suggestions for someone with really sensitive skin? I have to be incredibly picky about what I use on my face. I can’t use a lot of acne products because they make my skin peel, and it’s the most ANNOYING thing! I have to be really careful about the makeup I choose as well, because some make me break out like nobody’s business… grr. So suggestions on gentle skin care products/makeups?

    • LeannahBanana

      Posted by LeannahBanana on February 20, 2015 at 21:53

      Also, with make-ups? Cream foundation is usually best, Neutrogena is a quality brand. It’s worth it, believe me. Sometimes a stick (or cream) blusher is good as well, but not all the time. Avoid MAC at all costs.

    • LeannahBanana

      Posted by LeannahBanana on February 20, 2015 at 21:49

      I have that problem as well! I’ve always had to be extra careful about skin care products because I have Eczema.
      Honestly, the best thing I’ve found that works on my face is this Mary Kay face washing set. it’s gentle but works so well and it comes with a moisturizer so it doesn’t flake. It doesn’t burn or get itchy either from my experience! There’s a mask with it as well that I use once a month and my skin is blemish free! I wish I could remember exactly what it’s called…it’s in a white and green bottle…
      If all else, there’s also this thing called Udder Cream (weird, I know) sold in drugstores that you can rub on after using any other harsh acne cleanser, and since it’s a cream and not a lotion (which is mostly water and dries it out more) or ointment (mostly oil, ew) it will prevent it from flaking.

      Hope I helped a bit!

  3. seizetheday98

    Posted by seizetheday98 on January 13, 2015 at 19:10

    Wonderful suggestions!!!
    Question for those with oily skin— What do you do to prevent the shine that accumulates in your T-zone throughout the day? It’s been such a big problem for me, especially on my nose.

    • theteenfashionista

      Posted by theteenfashionista on June 4, 2016 at 12:14

      I read that using a cotton swab dipped in witch hazel is a good treatment for oily skin–hope this helps! 🙂

    • rainbowdream153

      Posted by rainbowdream153 on January 29, 2015 at 14:49

      I have the same problem! My skin is super oily and I wash my face twice a day with Clean and Clear wash. To prevent shine I use CoverGirl sensitive skin pressed powder (the green compact). I have to reapply it a few times a day but it works pretty well for me. Hope this helped! 🙂

  4. evelin_74

    Posted by evelin_74 on January 12, 2015 at 16:24

    This is going to help me alot because I have a really big problems ..i hate pimples but this is going to help me thanks:)

  5. gabby99

    Posted by gabby99 on January 12, 2015 at 15:46

    Do you have any suggestions for dry skin? Or about to look tan for pale girls?

  6. Shyanned

    Posted by Shyanned on January 9, 2015 at 15:00

    I break out when I eat a lot of chocolate and in the summer when I’m outside getting all sweaty. Other than that my skin is usually really dry and I have to lotion it a lot.

  7. Smylinggirl

    Posted by Smylinggirl on January 8, 2015 at 18:12

    I often wonder if I will ever have clear skin again! Even “under control”, I still have little pimples. I wash my face every morning, wash my hair everyday, wash my pillow case every other week when I wash my sheets, etc. I don’t know what else to do. Please tell me it will get better!!!!

    • Yanka

      Posted by Yanka on January 11, 2015 at 15:03

      Same with me !!! I used to only have face acne (like pimples, blackheads and stuff) but now its going on the sides beneath my ears. And only about 2 months ago I started developing chest acne and now its pretty severe. I tried so much stuff. I don’t know what else to do. And I really wanna get rid of the chest acne by summer since I’m so insecure about it right now..