We've all been there... there's a big event coming up in a week and BAM! A breakout. And it's a bad one too. As much as we want the acne to just disappear on its own (and quickly!), it takes time and care. Here are nine tips that work for me when I'm battling breakouts. Try as many tips from here and around the internet, and you'll most likely find success with a few of the methods!
Exfoliating the skin on your face using a scrub is an easy and effective way of removing all of the dead skin cells and gunk that might be clogging your pores. It's important to find a scrub that isn't too harsh or too soft on your skin... you want it to exfoliate well without irritating your skin. I would recommend:
- Any scrubs by St. Ives... especially the Apricot scrub and the Pink lemon & Orange scrub.
- The Neutrogina foaming Grapefruit scrub
- The Burts Bees Peach and Willowbark deep pore cleansing scrub
Try a few scrubs to see which ones work the best for your skin!
Try double washing
Who said that you can only wash your face once at nighttime? Try washing your face one time, and then again right after. Only do this once and a while, and not on the same day that you use a facial scrub. Extra cleaning can really make a difference, but too much washing can also be very bad for your skin. Try to find a nice balance!
Drink lots of water
I know from experience that not drinking enough water leads to irritated, dehydrated skin. Not only does the skin start to dry out, but your body can't flush away the germs and dirt on your skin without moisture. Drink some water whenever you think of it, this will make a huge difference.
Eat a lot of veggies and fruits, and less junk food
A healthy diet can be really hard and annoying to keep up, but try eating healthy for a couple of days during a bad breakout. The healthier foods will sort of detox your system, and your skin will start to become much healthier. Not only will your skin improve, but your energy levels and mood might improve too! Don't feel the need to diet though, treats and junk food are hard to resist!
Avoid Dairy Products for a Bit
Dairy is an essential in everyone's diet. (Unless you're lactose-intolerant, of course!) It gives us calcium, nutrients, and let's be real: cheese, ice cream and milk taste really good! However, dairy products can actually worsen a bad breakout, so try consuming less of them for a couple of days; you might notice a difference. Don't skip the dairy for too long though, it actually is good for you!
This tip might seem really random and odd, but I know from experience that it helps a lot. I was in the middle of a bad breakout when I went to go eat shawarma with my family. There was a dish on the side that was made up of mostly parsley, and I didn't want to waste food, so I ate most of it. It was actually really good! The next morning, my skin had cleared up a lot, so I told my mom excitedly. She told me that parsley was supposed to be really good for your skin, and I know now that it really is!
Get enough sleep
This is the tip that everyone recommends, but it's really hard to make yourself do. Try your best to get as much sleep as you can, and trust me, it really goes a long way in terms of the health of your skin. Try sleeping for a long time two nights in a row, and you'll most likely see some improvement. You'll also have improvement in your mood and energy levels!
Rinse your hair well in the shower
There are a few people that I know that didn't used to rinse conditioner out of their hair very well in the shower. Because of the extra residue left on their hair, it caused acne while they were sleeping, most likely because their hair was touching their faces during the night. Make sure you're properly rinsing out shampoo and conditioner every time you take a shower!
Wash your pillowcase
This one is pretty obvious once it's been pointed out, but you may not have thought of it on your own. If you leave the same pillowcase on your pillow for too long, sweat, germs and dead skin cells will build up on the fabric. This gunk can clog your pores during the night while your sleeping, and lead to breakouts. Try changing your pillowcase today!
What do you do to fight breakouts? There are so many tips and ideas out there that I have yet to discover!