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