We all love and want beautiful, clear skin. But not everyone is blessed with skin that rarely breaks out.
If you have acne-prone skin, keeping your skin smooth and free of zits can be a real struggle. And it’s harder when you have sensitive skin.
The good news is, with the right skincare, you can reduce breakouts and have the kind of skin you have always wanted: clear, smooth and beautiful.
Here are five timeless skincare tips to get you started.
1. Obey the acne rule
You have probably heard this rule many times and for some, it can be really difficult to keep. What’s the rule? It’s this: don’t pop pimples.
For skin already prone to acne, popping zits is the easiest way to spread the love to other parts of your skin. This is because you release acne-causing bacteria that is trapped within a pimple. And these can spread to other areas of your skin.
Popping pimples also increases the risk of scarring. When a pimple is well gone, a scar remains to tell the story. And scars are harder to remove.
To avoid popping pimples, learn to stop touching your face. Touching your face will not only help to clog your pores, it will also increase chances of skin picking. If you must remove a zit, visit a professional who will do that for you.
2. Cleanse gently
Cleansing is a sure way to keep breakouts in check. Cleansing rejuvenates your skin by removing accumulated dirt, dead skin cells, and pollution. If you do not remove these barriers, other acne medications that you use may not work effectively.
But what comes to your mind when you think of a cleanser? A good soap?
Whilst soap may work well for normal skin types, is not recommended for acne-prone skin. Soap is alkaline and has a drying effect on the skin. And this can increase breakouts.
Your best bet is to use a gentle cleanser. That is, a cleanser specially formulated for acne-prone and sensitive skin. An excellent choice is the Example Skincare Maca Root Cream Cleanser. Not only is this cleanser made from all-organic ingredients that won’t irritate your skin, it contains the powerful Maca root which helps with skin balance.
To use the cleanser, simply wet your face and massage the cream onto your skin. Pay particular attention to your forehead and t zone areas because they are more likely to accumulate oil and dirt. Wash off the cleanser thoroughly with water.
3. Use the right makeup
Makeup itself does not cause acne but sleeping with your makeup on can lead to clogged pores and more breakouts. The right makeup should be non-comedogenic (non-clogging) and easy to remove at the end of the day. Always clean off all makeup before going to bed. Be sure to use a cleanser to remove all traces, especially if you wear full makeup. When buying makeup, go for products that are oil and fragrance-free. Products that contain fragrance may irritate your skin.
4. Change your pillows.
Yes, pillows. Imagine going through all that trouble during the day: cleansing, using the right makeup, not touching your face or popping your zits, only for you to pluck the dirt back while you sleep. From your pillows! Definitely not what you want. So pay close attention to where you place your face while you sleep. Try changing your beddings every week and replacing your pillows every six months. If you tend to forget, make a sticker to remind you and put it up where you will see it. You can also set a reminder on your phone.
Gone are the days when acne was only seen in teenagers. These days, more adults are breaking out than ever before. The culprit? You guessed right. Stress!
Although stress doesn’t directly cause acne, it can trigger excess sebum (oil) production. Work and other daily activities can send your hormones into overdrive and increase breakouts. So it’s important that you find time to relax and calm your nerves.
Practice closing your eyes and deep breathing several times every day. And don’t cut out sleep, exercise, and short walks. A calm, relaxed mind gives your skin a radiance that you won’t get from a million-dollar acne product!
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