I have had horrible skin for about as long as I can remember. I think middle school was when I first starting getting acne, and it’s never really gone away since then. I’m nearly 22 years old, you’d think my teenage acne would be gone by now. I feel like I’ve tried every product on the market, I’ve been to a dermatologist and tried numerous prescriptions.
Although I’ve narrowed down what products and routines seem to work for me best, I still get some bad breakouts from time to time, including this month! It was one of the worst breakouts I’ve had in a while, and I have no idea why! I haven’t been sick or particularly stressed, and there really haven’t been any major changes in my life for the past few months. It happened on my chin and jawline (where I get most of my breakouts). All the charts online indicate that this is a hormonal issue, but not sure where that could be coming from, since I have been on the pill for over 2 years.
Anyways, lets get into the part where I help you ~magically~ cure your skin! I’m going to share with you the top 10 strategies I use when fighting a bad breakout! PS- most of these tips are good to use all the time, not just when you’re fighting a breakout!
- Wash your face — a lot. Normally I wash mine 2 times a day (morning and night) but when I’m fighting a bad breakout I’ll wash it more like 3 or 4 times. Just be sure to avoid using a wash that is too abrasive or drying. Of course, use whatever product works best for you! But my favorite face wash is the Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser. It leaves my skin so soft and feeling so clean. I use it only once a day and then wash with a gentler soap bar the other times, like the Neutrogena Face Cleansing Bar for acne prone skin.
- Try to avoid wearing makeup as much as possible. I know, I know. The first thing you want to do when you see a breakout is to cover it up with gobs of concealer. But it’s actually better to let your skin breathe and avoid putting the extra chemicals on your face. If you must wear it, only wear a light foundation or a powder and wash off the makeup as soon as you get home.
- Moisturize often, especially to compensate for all the washing you’ll be doing. I like to apply a moisturizer with sunscreen in the morning and a night cream before bedtime! This No7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream is my absolute favorite!
- Put fresh sheets on your bed, or at least change your pillow cases. Pillow cases can hold onto tons of bacteria, dead skin cells, and other nasty stuff you don’t want getting on your face. While your’e trying to clear up a bad breakout I would recommend changing your pillow case at least every other night until the breakout has healed.
- Avoid touching your face during the day. Your fingers are covered in dirt and oils and bacteria from all sorts of places, and you definitely don’t want that on your face adding to the problem. I know I tend to rest my face on my hands a lot, and that’s so bad for spreading bacteria! Plus, resist the urge to pick at and pop pimples, it only makes them look worse and take longer to heal.
- You can also apply a spot treatment to any really prominent blemishes. There are plenty of specially formulated over-the-counter options, or DIY your own! I’ve heard honey, toothpaste and apple cider vinegar all make good treatments in a pinch.
- There’s a lot of speculation about whether food has anything to do with acne, but it doesn’t hurt to eat a better diet for the next few days until your skin has cleared up. Try cutting out fried and fast foods, candy and sweets, sugary drinks, dairy. Maybe it’ll make a huge difference for your skin!
- On the same note, it’s important to drink lots of water to stay hydrated. Don’t forget, your skin is your largest organ, so it needs a lot of your body’s resources. Try drinking half your body weight in ounces of water and see how you feel!
- Keep your hair out of your face! If you’re constantly sweeping your hair away, you’re also touching your face. Plus, oils from your hair can easily get onto your skin and clog pores, which is the last thing you want. This is especially important if your breakout is on your forehead!
- Finally, get lots of rest. Fighting a breakout is like fighting a disease for your body, so it’s going to need plenty of sleep to be effective. If you get a full 8-10 hours of sleep I’m sure you’ll wake up feeling refreshed and your skin will notice too!
And those are all my top tips! I hope this is helpful for anyone currently trying to save their skin from a breakout! Thanks for reading!
In the comments below, let me know what did you do to clear up the worst breakout you’ve ever had?
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