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Break outs are tough. Acne is tougher. Have you ever thought about why they occur in the first place?
Acne occurs when oil, dead skin, and/or bacteria builds up in your pores and haven’t been cleansed off properly. They often occur because of puberty and hormonal changes, certain medications, a diet in high sugars or carbohydrates, or genetics. Although they are difficult to recover from, we have some simple non-medical solutions for you to follow at home, to help reduce your troubled skin!
One of the easiest but most crucial step to prevent acne is to cleanse. Simple as that. Using a light cleanser with properties to help extract excess oils and sebum from the skin, will keep the pores clean and therefore prevent the formation of bacteria. Opt for a cleansing foam or water-based instead of a cleansing cream or oil-based.
In addition to cleansing, exfoliating your skin no more than once a week will help remove dead skin cells and bacteria, and will allow the up-coming products to be better absorbed into the skin. This way, there are less layers for the products to penetrate through your skin, which will be more effective.
After exfoliating, it is recommended to apply a mud or a clay mask to help absorbing any remaining excess oils. Once your skin is fully cleansed, try to avoid products that are very creamy, for the next steps of your skincare, as they tend to have a higher oil percentage. Instead, focus more on water-based products.
As hard as it may be, scratching your breakouts or constantly touching your face (especially if your hands are dirty) is one of the easiest way to worsen your acne. By picking your face, you are exposing your skin and pores to all the bacteria you’ve encountered since the last time you have washed your hands. Scratching your acne on the other hand may seem like a good solution for quick results because then the acne goes away instantly right? Wrong! You actually increase the potential of the acne to SPREAD, and not to mention scarring!
As this might surprise you, another main oil & bacteria’s propagator are your hair! Not only does your hair contain natural oils, but the products that you put in them also contains ingredients that may clog your pores and irritate your skin. Try to keep your hair away from your face, rock that ponytail! You may also want to change your pillowcase a few times a week, to prevent any remaining hair oil’s to get on your skin.
The quick lesson of the day is that, you should only touch your face when you are doing your skincare ritual, or if you’ve just washed your hands with soap. Keep your face clear of hair as much as you can (especially at home) and most importantly…no scratching!