Yes, we have all been there. Even those of us who were lucky enough to escape teenage skin have at some point experienced the horror of waking up with a giant blemish on your face. For me, it seems that the mere prospect of being anywhere near a camera or important social occasion brings me out in spots. Many people have asked me break out related questions recently, and so I have compiled a brief list of advice for people who suffer from break outs. If you would like more advice on products to use ect, please comment below or message me, and I will write a separate post.
This first point, I know you know, but it needs to be said. Drink more water. There really is no substitute for it. Juices, hearbal teas and infusions all count. Substitute the first coffee of the day for cup of hot water with a slice of lemon in. It helps your body to flush out toxins built up over night, and your digestive system, skin and metabolism will thank you for it.
Change your pillow case three times a week.
When it comes to products, read the label and stay away from anything alcohol based.
Stop using anything that makes your skin feel dry.
Look for products which are labeled non comodogenic. This means they won’t clog pores.
Keep your routine simple. Cleanse well and don’t overload your face with products.
Wash your face twice. Just like with hair, the first wash loosens up and removes the surface dirt, the second wash deep cleans into the face.
After washing with warm water, splash your face with cold water. Optimum is 30 splashes, but even ten on a busy morning will really help your skin.
Don’t pick. Steam and extract. An extraction tool is a must have. I use a tweezerman, which you can buy here. Keep the tool flat to the skin, and be gentle. You should not need to press so hard as to mark the skin. Always wipe extraction tools with alcohol after use.
Use a deep cleanse mask on t zone 2-3 times a week.
Always use a clean towel to dry your face.
Ever noticed how much you skin clears up when you go on a beach holiday? Sun and sea really clear the skin. You can re create this effect at home by soaking a face cloth in comfortably hot salt water, then laying it on the skin for ten minutes or so. Works well on face, back and shoulders.
Try to have a clean, bare face as often as possible.
Try to keep your hair off your face. If you have a fringe, pin it, or push it back with an Alice band when you can.
Wash make up brushes often. Boys, keep razors clean and change the blades often.
Another tip for boys is not to reach for the aftershave straight after shaving. Splashing it on your face will actually dry out the skin and aggravate any sore or red patches. Instead, apply a good moisturiser all over your face and just a dab of aftershave behind your ears.
It has now been proven that sugar and dairy products encourage spots and are a major contributor cause to many types of acne. Cutting down on sugary snacks is probably a good idea anyway, and if spots are a persistent problem, a trial period without dairy may be worth a go.
Get checked for food intolerance. Many people suffer breakouts for years, when a simple intolerance test, taken from a strand of hair, could reveal a food intolerance that is causing the imbalance.
I hope that some of this advice has been of use. If you have any useful tips or advice, please post them below. Likewise, if you have reviewed a product that you think is good for breakout prone skin, please post the link below.