7 Steps: Ideal for preventing skin breakouts [Tips & Tricks]
OMG! Why another pimple?!
No matter how much you take care of your skin, how much time you invest in following an ardent skincare regime; still these breakouts of zits, spots, and acne occur, and they just so happen to be at the worst time such as a big occasion, important presentation, or party.
While some ladies may be lucky to outgrow the acne breakouts during their teen years, the rest of them do need help to deal with these recurring acne breakouts during their 20s, 30s, and even beyond. But remember that the use of products alone will not help you to clear out acne breakouts. You need to follow some useful tips to prevent the acne zits from popping.
- Get proper 8-10 hours of sleep which is required for the body and skin to heal and cope up with any damage caused during the daytime.
- Stop taking dairy products. There are additional androgens in the milk of a cow which can result in causing hormonal imbalances.
- Take antioxidants-rich foods such as berries, pomegranates, etc.
- Daily change your pillow cover as acne-causing bacteria often stick to the pillow cover at night sticking to your skin again the next night.
Now try out these ways in which you can minimize your acne and can prevent acne breakouts.
The best piece of advice regarding acne is that avoid taking anything that aggravates the condition of your skin. It will also help to minimize acne breakouts and associated redness. Making slight changes in your skincare regime, makeup routine, avoiding aggravating skin products, and using non-irritant products can help a lot in treating acne. You will be able to see the results in just a few days.
- Remove the skin care as well as cosmetic products for your routine that have high levels of SD or denatured alcohol: In most skincare and cosmetic products that are meant for acne-prone skin, alcohol is a commonly found ingredient because it is believed to dry our pimples. But in actuality, it stimulates oiliness in the skin which response in the form of more acne breakouts.
- Avoid applying makeup products that are thick or solid in texture: using sticky or creamy foundations because the ingredients used in these products have an oily base such as wax, polyethylene often proves harmful for the acne-prone skin.
- Always remove makeup from your face before going to bed: No matter how tired you are, you must remove makeup before you go to bed. Because the makeup left on the skin while you are sleeping leads to clogged pores, redness of the skin, and puffy eyes. The dead skin layer accumulates and the skin is not able to undergo the renewal process properly. Always remove makeup with a gentle cleanser then use a gentle toner to remove any residual traces followed by the use of skin-replenishing products.
- Avoid over-cleansing your face: it is good to do skin cleaning but over-cleansing and washing can aggravate the condition of acne-prone skin. It is best to cleanse your skin two times a day, once in the morning and once at night. Use a gentle and mild cleanser that won’t dry out your skin. Avoid using bar cleansers.
- Do not use scrubs and skin cleansing brushes: as scrubs or cleansing brushes have an abrasive action on the skin, they tend to aggravate acne and redness. It is clear from the research that the use of salicylic acid for exfoliation of acne-prone skin holds multiple benefits. It offers a gentle, effective, and natural way of exfoliating skin. As salicylic acid is a BHA, it unclogs pores and clears them of any dirt, debris, and sebum which means less likeliness of breakouts.
- Adopt sun-protective behavior: It is said that exposure of skin to sunlight unprotected helps to clear breakouts but in actuality, it causes sun damage to the skin. This makes your skin weak and more vulnerable to dry skin breakouts. If you are concerned about the creamy texture of the SPF then choose a fluid one having a lightweight formula.
- Prevent acne with Benzoyl peroxide: it is a powerful ingredient that you can also use for preventing acne breakouts. You can use it for few weeks in the acne-prone facial areas and you will notice the difference. Start with a 2.5% concentration of benzoyl peroxide and if you have stubborn acne in some areas use up to 5% concentration.
Although these points may seem difficult to remember at once, they will help in the prevention of acne in the long run and will save you from the trouble of dealing with its aftermath. Integrate one point at a time in your routine and you will notice a clear difference in your skin condition.