5 Easy Ways You Can Prevent Breakouts
Sometimes, breakouts are inevitable. We can’t always control how and when we get a pimple, but we can try and prevent them as much as we can. Here are 5 quick and easy tips I follow that help to keep my skin feeling good and overall reduce the amount of acne I have each month!
1. Change your pillowcases often
I truly wished I would've listened to my mom more in middle school and highschool. Changing my pillowcase often is one of my mother’s pieces of advice I regret not following sooner. You should be changing your pillowcases every week! It doesn’t matter if you suffer from acne or not, your skin naturally excretes oils onto your pillowcase while you are sleeping. These oils, along with dirt and makeup (if you sleep with your makeup on… which we will also get into) can cause your skin to break out even more.
2. Drink lots of water
Another tip I have is staying hydrated!! Hydration is key when it comes to clear skin and reduce inflammation. When the body is dehydrated, the skin can become dry, dull, and more prone to wrinkles. Drinking enough water also helps to flush out toxins, which can cause acne and other skin problems. Additionally, staying hydrated can also improve blood flow to the skin, bringing more oxygen and nutrients to the cells that promote healthy skin. So when in doubt, keep drinking your water!
3. Don’t sleep with your makeup on
I will say this forever and ever, but please please do not go to sleep with your makeup on. Sleeping with makeup on is bad for the skin because it can clog pores and cause acne. Makeup, especially products that are oil-based, can trap dirt, oil, and bacteria on the surface of the skin, creating the perfect environment for breakouts. When you sleep with makeup on, you're not giving your skin the chance to breathe, which can lead to dull, tired-looking skin. Avoid the new breakouts by taking 5 minutes to remove your makeup and cleanse your skin.
4. Wash your makeup brushes every week
Don’t forget to wash your makeup brushes. Wash them every week if you can, this also includes beauty blenders! I am definitely guilty of not washing my makeup brushes as much as I should but when you do, it can seriously make all the difference. Makeup brushes can collect bacteria, oil, and old makeup over time, which can then be transferred back onto the skin when the brush is used. This can lead to breakouts, irritation, and other skin problems.
5. Avoid touching your face
Lastly, something I used to do all the time without even realizing is touching your face constantly throughout the day. Touching your face frequently can lead to pimples and other skin problems. Our hands come into contact with a lot of dirt, oil, and bacteria throughout the day, and when you touch your face, all of that is being transferred onto your skin. This can clog your pores and cause breakouts to occur. Also, when you touch your face, you might even be picking at existing pimples subconsciously, which can further irritate the skin and cause inflammation and scarring. This might be the most difficult tip to follow but once you break the habit of keeping your hands near your face, you will seriously notice such a difference.