I know we all know the basics of maintaining healthy skin… but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded. Hopefully, one or some of the items below can be your key to breaking out of breakouts… or keep them away for good!
- Eat Healthy and Drink Water.
Blah blah blah right? Just can’t get away from it though. Ugh.
- No Smoking and Drinking.
- Keep clean.
Lots of things touch our face throughout the day.
Pillow cover, towel, hands, clothes, makeup brushes, sponges and your beloved phone are just to name a few. Remember to clean and wash all of these items on a regular basis.
For you night time shower-ers… Don’ sleep with your hair wet. This may cause back acne as well as irritation on your neck and face. Bacteria love damp, warm, and dark places. So… your damp head on your warm pillow in the dark night is a bacteria’s dream come true.
- Keep clear.
When I got bangs for the first time a few years ago, I broke out on my forehead just where my new side bangs were! The hair wax used to hold my bangs in place was causing the problem. Lesson here is to make sure your hair and hair products are out of your face during a breakout. Your hair and hair products may contain oil and other products that can clog your pores.
Not moisturizing your face will actually cause your face to produce more oil. Try using an oil free moisturizer twice a day.
- Be Gentle.
Don’t use cleansers with harsh chemicals. Your skin may go into shock and freak out even more. Might be worth switching to a detergent and fabric softener made for babies or sensitive skin.
- Dress Right.
I get a rash every time I wear wool or anything made of animal fibers. For the time being… keep fabrics like polyester, lycra, and all animal furs/fibers away from your face. Cotton is your skin’s new best friend.
- Don’t Touch.
Popping a zit will cause the inflammation and bacteria to spread within your skin that may cause additional irritation and even scarring. If you’re not able to stop yourself from popping…
Remember the Stop, Drop. and Go rule.
Stop your hands. Drop everything. Go run to a trusted dermatologist or skin care specialist so they can handle the zits for you.
- Pets. If you have furry friends… keep them away from your face and bed for the time being. Their fur can carry a lot of irritants. Don’t worry. Your furry friend will understand. Oh… and absolutely don’t let them lick your face. Whoever told you a dog’s mouth is cleaner than your own is wrong. Full of bacteria.
- Food Diary.
A food diary is a great way to keep yourself accountable for what you eat and also to identify a food allergy that may be causing your outbreaks.
- Take Vitamins.
Maybe your skin is lacking vitamins… try taking some multivitamins that has a healthy dose of vitamin A, E, and C. Can”t hurt right?
- Manage Stress.
Easier said than done, but keep trying. Good for your skin and overall health.
Stick to a regular sleep schedule. This actually helps reduce stress! Yay for killing two birds with one stone.
- Love yourself.
Don’t load up on makeup to try to hide the imperfections. This will only prolong the breakout. Understand your skin is telling you something and take action to care for your skin. Most of all, love yourself and be proud of your inner AND external beauty.
Hope this is a good reminder to everyone and helps you or someone you know to break out of breakouts. <3