Teenagers suffer with acne because their hormones cause their body to produce too much sebum, but you can develop pimples at any time of life and some 20% of the adult population adults fight a lifelong battle with breakouts. Pimples occur when excess sebum and dead skin cells block the pores in the skin and then bacteria cause an infection in the blocked pore. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to keep your skin clear. Here are ten simple tips on how you can beat those annoying breakouts.
1. Keep your hands away from your face
Keep your hands well away from your face and, when you do touch your face to wash it or to apply makeup, always wash your hands first. Whenever you touch your face you run the risk of transferring grime and bacteria that you’ve picked up on your hands onto your skin. If you already have a pimple, touching it will aggravate it and you could spread bacteria to other parts of your face.
2. Wash your face twice a day
The first line of defence against acne is to keep your face clean. Wash your face, twice a day, with warm water and a gentle face cleanser. If you use harsh or perfumed soaps, you will irritate the skin further and aggravate pimples. Use a clean washcloth and a clean towel or tissue every time, or you will be spreading the bacteria from your last wash back onto your face again.
3. Use the right type of makeup
If you are prone to breakouts, you will need to be careful about the type of makeup that you use and how much of it you use. Makeup can clog the pores in your skin, so use it sparingly and look for makeup that is labelled “non-comedogenic”, which means that it has been designed not to clog the pores. Also, avoid using anything on your skin that is heavy and greasy, such as coconut oil.
4. Watch what you eat
People argue about whether or not things like chocolate actually do cause breakouts, but it is best to keep to a healthy diet and avoid too much sugar and greasy foods. There is no doubt that a diet that contains plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids, will improve the complexion.
5. Chill out more often
There have been many scientific studies that have shown there is a link between stress and the occurrence of acne, particularly in adults. This is thought to be because, when a person gets stressed, it causes changes in the hormones that can lead to the production of more sebum. If you think that your acne might be stress related, try and make more time for relaxing and chilling out. Easier said than done, we know, but stress also causes more serious health problems as well, so it should be addressed.
6. Gently exfoliate your skin
If you have pimples, you can’t scrub them away, so please don’t start rubbing ways at your face every day, or you will make your acne worse. What you can do, though, is use exfoliating products that have lactic acid in, which breaks down dead skin cells and helps to keep the pores clear. The simplest thing to use for this is milk, or you can buy exfoliating products that contain lactic acid in stores.
7. Change your pillowcases frequently and clean your phone
Bacteria can hide and breed on your pillowcases and your phone as well, so you really need to change your pillow case at least once a week and clean your phone with antibacterial wipes daily. Pillowcases are probably the worst culprits here, because they soak up sweat and cling on to dirt and that’s just the right environment for bacteria to breed.