Acne is something many of us deal with on a monthly, weekly or even daily basis. Unfortunately acne isn’t designated for just those teenage years, adult acne is fierce and can strike at anytime and I still deal with it from time to time. I know many of you are familiar with my go-to products for keeping my skin clear (check out posts here and here for exact products) but I wanted to compile a list of things I do on a daily and weekly basis that have really reduced my breakout binges. You see I am always explaining to clients that there are many different types of breakouts and they can mean different things. We all know when we are having hormonal breakouts and if you have acne-prone skin then breakouts are nothing new BUT my tips are for the bacterial breakouts, those little tiny bumps that creep up underneath the skin that have nasty dirt and grime embedded so deep you couldn’t pick it out of you wanted to!! No but seriously don’t even try to pick, ever. Bacterial breakouts CAN be prevented and I cannot even begin to tell you how many skin consultations I have had with clients and the horror stories I hear when I ask about their routines! I kid you not, women can be gross lol, but I’m not going to throw anyone under the bus, so let’s get down to it!! Some of these tips are simple and obvious but I wanted to add them anyways just for good measure!! 🙂
Tip 1: WASH, WASH, WASH!! Alright people this seems easy but people do get lazy or tired or busy and just forget. When I say wash I mean everything! Wash your makeup brushes once a week (at least) with a gentle brush cleaner or I like this specifically for my brushes. If you use a sponge, change it out once a week! Wash your pillowcases and towels two to three times a week (or more!) with a free and clear detergent!! My favorites are The Honest Company and Seventh Generation. A gentle detergent is important, all of those synthetic fragrances and chemicals can really irritate the skin!! Dirty pillowcases and towels are the main culprits behind bacterial breakouts people!!
Tip 2: Clean your cellphone constantly!! I like to take The Honest Company Baby Wipes and wipe my phone down a couple times a day. Our cellphones are breeding grounds for bacteria and they touch our face more than anything else! It’s so simple to wipe it down quickly but it’s also easy to forget!!
Tip 3: Diet!! So I have personally found that reducing the refined sugar in my diet has significantly reduced my pesky bumps also. I used to have the hugest sweet tooth and so does my hubby, but when we decided to eat cleaner I just started making better choices to satisfy my sweet cravings. Fresh fruit is great but I find organic dark chocolate hits the spot plus it’s full of beneficial antioxidants. Reducing refined sugar is just something that I have actually seen results from with my skin, obviously more water and eating better goes hand in hand with better skin BUT I have really seen results from not so much sugar!! Worth a shot right?!
I know this was a quick post but I just wanted to throw it out there because I have been seeing so many bad habits pop up in clients that we are all guilty of from time to time. We all sometimes just need a little reminding that these extra little steps will help our skin in the long run! Hope you all are having a fantastic week, I am gearing up for my little man’s fourth birthday so I am busy busy!! As always please contact me with any skincare related questions, I love helping solve skincare woes!!