I have dealt with acne since, well, forever. I have scars on the tops of my arms, I have scars on my back, and I have frequent break outs on my face and chest. I know it’s something that everyone deals with at some point or another (unless you were blessed with gorgeous skin), but it still makes me uncomfortable, nervous, and embarrassed.
As I’ve gotten older, I have *finally* somewhat managed to manage my skin and reduce the frequency of those pesky break outs. I know that I will never have perfect skin but if I can shy away from some of the things that cause my break outs, my life is already going to be ten times easier. It’s not always easy, but these 5 tips are tried and true easy ways to better skin.
REMOVE YOUR MAKEUP BEFORE BED
It always shocks me to hear people with acne prone skin say that they don’t take off their makeup before they go to bed. If you’re someone who struggles with their acne, complains about it, and sleeps in they’re makeup – I am 100% judging you. It is so easy (& cheap!) to go to the store, purchase a pack of makeup remover wipes, and remove your makeup before you head to bed every night. Your skin is “programmed” to repair at night, so do it a favor and take 5 minutes and unclog those makeup filled pores.
WASH YOUR FACE TWICE A DAY
I know there are a lot of articles out there for and against washing your face twice a day, but as someone with acne prone skin, it’s a necessity. There is a disgusting amount of bacteria that comes into your skin each day. There is even more bacteria that comes into contact with your face everyday, where your skin isn’t as tough as other parts of your body. You are already taking the first step by removing your makeup, so take the second step and wash all of that bacteria away. You brush your teeth twice a day, why wouldn’t you wash your face that many times, too?
FIND A FACE MASK THAT WORKS FOR YOU
Face masks can do amazing things if you buy the right one. Sure they can be expensive, but there are also a lot of cheap ones out there, too. Knowing your skin type, a little trial and error, and a couple fun trips to Sephora, Ulta, and Target will get the job done. The Mario Badescu drying mask and the Manuka Doctor facial peel do wonders for acne prone skin and are ones I use religiously.
Don’t know where to start? Here are the best ones I’ve tried.
SWITCH OUT YOUR PILLOWCASES
I am very, very guilty of going weeks without washing my sheets. It’s a hassle and I always forget to take them out of the dryer until I’m so tired I can barely keep my eyes open. Does that happen to you too? MHM. Can you imagine how many germs are in there? Now think about all of the germs that are crawling all over your face and hair and the close contact you come into with your pillowcases. You should ideally be washing your pillow cases every two to three days but try aiming for once a week at first!
Eliminating that instant bacteria coming into contact with your face every night, day, nap time can do your skin SO much good! If you go for a silk pillowcase, it can also prolong your hair do!
WASH YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES OFTEN
It’s amazing how fast my face clears up from a break out when I clean my makeup brushes often. I remember one time in college I was experiencing TERRIBLE breakouts and my friend asked me how often I washed my makeup brushes. I remember telling her that I wash them so infrequently that I couldn’t even remember the last time I washed them. She then went on to tell me about all the bad things that come along with not washing them.
Long story short, I started washing my makeup brushes much more often. Google told me to wash my concealer and makeup brushes once a week because of the amount of product that sits at the base of the bristles, so that’s what I do. If you’re feeling up to it you can use a brush shampoo, but if you are lazy and broke like me, Johnson’s head-to-toe works just as good!
Dealing with acne is something that takes time, so don’t rush the process. Make little changes in your every day habits, whether that be taking your makeup off or reducing the amount of dairy in your diet to make a bigger difference in the long run. Acne prone skin can smell fear. I know it’s difficult, but try to go with the flow and not stress to much about your break outs because they will only get worse! Cleansing, toning, and moisturizing are the most important steps in your skin care routine so make sure you find products that work for YOU.
What are your tips to achieving better skin?
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