I get them. You get them. Home girl and home boy down the block get them. I’m talking about breakouts. I was a blessed teenager in many ways, and one of those was not being prone to breakouts/acne (my sister on the other hand…). Now as a 20-something (nearing 30-something), I feel like I am experiencing breakouts as if I were still a High School junior waiting to be asked to Prom; that and the dreaded bacne. Eww. Alas, there is conceivably help for us all. More often than not we spot treat breakouts after we already have them, but the key lies in doing the best you can to prevent them in the first place. Let’s discuss some “Rules”.
1. REMOVE MAKEUP BEFORE BED
I’m guilty of not doing this every now and then, and so are you, do not lie. I do know better though. You don’t want to sleep with all those pore blocking agents on your face; and, at least for me, I usually can’t settle into bed until I’ve cleaned my face. Get in the habit of doing this if you aren’t already.
2. CLEAN MAKEUP BRUSHES REGULARLY
You should already be doing this. Whether your a professional or just at home makeup lover and user you should be holding your brushes to the highest level of cleanliness and sanitation. Spot clean and deep clean as necessary, replace a brush if need be. Keep em clean. You wouldn’t want me coming at your face with a dirty blending brush, so why would you do it to yourself?!
3. REPLACE EXPIRED PRODUCTS
All makeup and other cosmetic products have a shelf life, some shorter than others. Be aware of when your makeup expires and when you need to replace it. If your makeup comes in contact with any kind of infection, throw it out and buy new. If you have any questions on the shelf life of makeup, or cleaning brushes, or whatever, leave a comment to give me ideas for future posts.
4. CHANGE YOUR PILLOWCASE
This ties right in with what we’ve already talked about. At night impurities from your face, leftover makeup, sweat and other gunky things build up on your pillowcase. Which means, when you lay your pretty little head down for night night time you are face planting right back into that breeding ground of bleh. Change and wash your pillowcases and other linens routinely.
5. CLEAN YOUR PHONE
Just like with your pillowcase, your face makes contact with your phone screen multiple times throughout the day. The same impurities build up on that screen too! Make sure your wiping it and sanitizing it to remove dirts left behind from your face and fingers.
6. CHOOSE THE RIGHT MAKEUP FORMULA
What you’re putting on your face can contribute to your breakouts. If you have oily or sensitive skin, be mindful of oil-based cosmetics. Look for products that are labeled “non-comedogenic” (these are products designed not to clog up your pores, and clogged pores are a leading cause of acne). PS: did you know that breakouts on your forehead and front hairline can be caused and further irritated by the shampoos and other hair products you use too?! Fragrance free products will help eliminate such, and always make sure you are rinsing your hair out completely.
7. MINIMIZE SUN EXPOSURE
Keep your time in the sun to a minimum. Always use SPF, and don’t get skimpy with it!! Not only will this keep your skin nice and healthy, you can avoid early signs of aging and potentially serious cancer like melanoma (next month I will be 1-year melanoma cancer free!!!!!).
8. CHOOSE YOUR CLEANSER WISELY
When it comes to facial cleansers, try out one with salicyclic acid in its formulation. It may also help to follow up with a toner that minimizes your pores. Tone in the morning time and before before your workout for a little added bonus Jonas, and to remove facial impurities that lead to unwanted breakouts.
9. WATCH YOUR DIET
Yes, your diet does play a role in not only your overall health, but the health of your skin. Eating a diet high in processed foods and sugar may cause those who are already acne prone to experience more frequent breakouts. So, stick with eating the good-for-you-good stuff: fruits, vegetables, and healthy proteins. Limiting your intake of dairy (a known allergen) may also help out.
10. H2O = BFF
You had to have known this one was coming!! Personally I find it hard to drink water sometimes, the taste, it’s just…water. I did recently discovered the black cherry(I believe it was) Mio, so that helps me fight off imbibing in this life source. H2O not only flushes toxins, but also helps skin regenerate, to keep it looking youthful, radiant and glowing.
That turned into a sort of Top Ten didn’t it?! I dig it. Another prevention tip was to reduce stress, but let’s be honest, hahahaha. If you have your own prevention tip or favorite product, share in the comments!!
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!!!!!
//He is risen. He is all things good. He is all things.//