Acne control tips – 10 top everyday things to try
Acne is a really common skin condition affecting 633 million worldwide, me included, luckily I’ve learned how to control mine and my skin is the clearest it’s been in years!
But acne isn’t just a case of a few spots here and there now and then, if only! It can be soul destroying and I know, and know many of you know too. It can cover your face, neck, chest and back and take many forms from papules to pimples, blackheads to whiteheads to cystic acne which is probably the most difficult to treat and the most severe form which can lead to scaring of the skin.
There are many things that can trigger acne but the most common is hormones which is why it affects you teenagers the worst but not exclusively. Acne can continue way into your 30s and 40s and can take hold at any time or any stage in your life and it’s really common during pregnancy again due to hormones.
But don’t worry there’s plenty of acne control tips you can try to implement into your day as well as using your acne skincare and any prescription medications.
So here’s my top ten tips
1.Wash your make up brushes in tea tree oil
When you have acne it’s super important to keep your makeup brushes and sponges bacteria free.
Using dirty makeup brushes will spread acne causing bacteria all over your skin and will be sat there all day resulting in yet more spots.
Tea tree oil breaks down the make up and the oil whilst being an excellent antibacterial disinfectant.
Just put a few drops in some hot water along with a small amount of your acne cleanser and swirl your brushes around in the mix. you will immediately see all the grossness coming out of them, you won’t believe your eyes, it’s so satisfying ! Rinse away dirty water then repeat and allow them to soak for a while. Rinse again and dry with a clean towel. Try to do this weekly if you use your brushes daily.
3. Clean your mobile phone screen
Did you know your mobile phone contains more bacteria than a public toilet seat! ewww!
So by holding your phone up to your face to take calls or touching it constantly as we do texting and using it to keep to date on our social media then touching our faces we are transferring that bacteria onto our skin causing yet more breakouts.
Try to use your phone hands free as much as possible for calls and at least twice a day give it a wipe with alcohol based cleansing wipes.
3. Change your pillowcase
Our pillowcases are another source of acne causing bacteria, whilst we sleep we drool! that drool goes onto our pillow and night after night more and more accumulates, nice!
Our pillowcase also accumulates a build up of dirt, oil and bacteria from our skin, hair and the general environment so it is really important to change it regulally.
When you suffer from acne change your pillow case every other night and flip it every night so it’s always clean.
4. keep your hair off your face
Often the reason we have acne is because we over produce sebum, an oil than keeps our skin and hair soft. Quite often people that suffer with acne suffer with greasy hair so it’s important to keep it off your face to avoid oil from your hair spreading on to your skin, if your acne spreads in to your hairline you can use your salicylic acid wash to wash your scalp around your hairline.
5. Avoid fabric conditioners
Fabric conditioners although make your washing smell great can make your acne worse especially on your towels, pillow cases, your tops and night clothes.
6. Double cleanse your back
If you wash your hair and some conditioner runs down your back often remnants of this can be left on your skin which can make back acne so much worse. Make sure to cleanse your back as the last thing you do before getting out of the shower to avoid this.
7. Use the right make up for acne
You probably thought makeup was an absolute no no when you’ve got acne right! well believe it or not there are actually makeup options especially formulated for acneic skin so always opt for these.
They will not clog your pores and some even contain salicylic acid which actually treats as you wear.
8. Always remove makeup before bed
Well this goes without saying but I know it is easier said than done but trust me it is so important.
Our cells turnover whilst we sleep and whilst we still have makeup on the old surface cells won’t be able to shed, they will mix with the makeup and oil and clog your pores and cause you to break out.
A good double cleanse at bed time to make sure all that make up is off so your skin can breathe and function whilst you catch some Zzz’s.
9. Keep your skin well moisturised
It’s a common misconception that oily acne skin cannot be moisturised, whereas if you don’t it can become dehydrated and your skin will overcompensate by producing more oil meaning more breakouts.
Choose a non greasy non comodegenic moisturiser specially for acne or oily skin.
10. Drink plenty of water.
This is also really important for keeping your skin hydrated as well as flushing away toxins that can build up in the skin leading to breakouts.
So there’s plenty to keep you going there and to try, non of these tips are to replace a good regular skincare regime of topical products, suppliments, a good diet and lifestyle choices to maintain healthy stress levels.
Keep an eye out for more posts to help you with your acne covering all these topics. Please leave your comments below with your experiences, it’s good to share.
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