Adopt healthier habits this summer by following a daily skin-care routine, especially if you want to nip that pesky acne in the bud.
First things first
All acne is not created equal. If your pimples and zits are brought on by bacteria, then you will likely have an easier time clearing it up. But if you have tried masks, over-the-counter acne medications and everything under the sun in vain, then it’s time to consult a specialist. A dermatologist will be able to help determine whether your acne is triggered or aggravated by hormones, medication or diet and make recommendations.
Easier said than done, of course, but stress has been shown to cause flare-ups in those who already have to deal with acne.
2. Watch what you eat
Indulging in greasy food may not directly cause acne, but studies have shown that dairy and carbohydrate-rich foods may help trigger flare-ups.
3. Wash those pillow cases
When’s the last time you washed your bedclothes, especially the pillow cases? If it’s been more than a week, then get thee to the laundromat. Your pillow case is exposed to all the oil and general ick from your skin and hair, and it’s paying it forward by exposing your skin to all that blech when you keep pressing your face on it.
4. Hands off
Stop touching your face so much. You may be unwittingly spreading bacteria and helping a breakout along.
5. Wash your face
Wash it first thing in the morning and moisturize. Wash it again before you go to bed and moisturize. Talk to that dermatologist if you need help picking out a moisturizer that works for you. And while you’re checking in with the doc, ask about toners so you can steer clear of any that may dry you out too much. Makeup users, take note: Don’t go to bed without washing it all off first unless you want to live in clogged poresville: population you.
6. How’s that hair of yours?
Is it long? Is it oily? Are you putting products in your hair that are making it oilier than usual? If you have oily hair and it’s falling onto your face, it may be causing those acne flare-ups.
7. Shun the day star
Too much exposure to sunlight can make your skin produce more sebum. And of course, certain acne medications may make it easier for you to get sunburned.
Do you have tips to share with us on how to have clear skin? Let us know!