Everyone knows that acne is a real pain and almost everyone has dealt with it at some point. It can be really frustrating to pile on ointment and concealer every morning because your face just can’t seem to clear up. But there are easy things you can do to help get rid of your spotty complexion.Things that don’t involve spending a fortune on dermatologist appointments and skin care products. So I’ve compiled a list of everything I can think of to help reduce acne without breaking the bank.
Clean your phone.
Our cell phones go everywhere with us. Many people even take their phones with them into the bathroom! We are constantly using our hands to type, text, and scroll on screens. Doesn’t it make sense that those screens would get pretty dirty after a while? If you suffer from acne on your chin, cheeks, and/or around your mouth, your phone may be part of the problem. To resolve this issue, clean your phone daily with wipes. Special screen wipes are being sold now but baby wipes or Lysol wipes should work just as well.
Don’t sleep with product in your hair.
If you suffer from acne on your forehead and around your hairline, your hair product might be to blame. Shower at night so that you sleep with clean hair. You could also sleep with your hair pulled away from your face in a braid or high bun.
Change your pillowcase and sheets.
Even if you don’t have acne, try to change your bedding often. Ideally, you should change your pillowcase every other day so that your face is resting on a clean surface.
Grow out your bangs.
Your scalp produces oil that keeps your hair shiny and healthy. However, if your hair rests on your face all day, the oil from it can cause breakouts. Grow out your bangs if you have them and keep your hair from touching your face too often.
This is a big one and the piece of advice that I have the most difficulty following. You know the saying you are what you eat? Well, if you eat sugary, greasy foods then your pores are going to show it. Try limiting your intake of refined sugar, processed foods, and fried foods, or cutting them out of your diet all together. Easier said than done, I know. An easy way to cut back on sugar is to only drink water. Sodas, sweet tea, and alcohol are all loaded with sugar. Stop drinking them and you can have an occasional candy bar without feeling guilty.
Stop touching your face.
Every time you touch your face, you transfer the bacteria from everything you’ve recently touched right to your pores. If you touch your face often, work on breaking that habit and wash your hands frequently.
Wash your hands before touching your face.
I never wash my face anymore without washing my hands first. Just like your cell phone, your hands touch your face everyday so keep them clean.
Don’t sleep with makeup on.
I understand that wearing makeup is a necessity for most women, especially when you have breakouts. Just remember to get all that makeup off your face every night to prevent it from clogging your pores.
Use a different foundation.
Maybe the reason that you are breaking out is that your skin is sensitive to the makeup you are using. Experiment with different foundations and concealers and see if your face clears up.
Keep your skin moisturized.
I used to dry out my skin as much as possible because I thought that my oily skin was the source of my breakouts. Big mistake. As it turns out, your skin produces more oil when you attempt to dry it out which in turn, leads to more breakouts. Apply a small amount of moisturizer to your face every morning to keep your skin soft and balanced.
Make a sugar scrub or buy a cleanser with exfoliating beads in it. Getting rid of dry, dead skin helps to keep your pores clear.
Balance your hormones.
If you’re a woman, hormonal changes can cause stubborn acne.Talk to your doctor about taking birth control pills to see if that clears up your complexion.
When you do break out, apply a spot treatment to the affected area but not to your whole face, as this can cause dry skin. I’ve found several home remedies that work well to shrink acne:
Honey and a band-aid – Before you go to bed, put raw honey on any acne that you have and cover it with a band-aid. Wash it off when you wake up in the morning.
Crushed aspirin – Take aspirin, crush it, and mix it with a little water to make a paste. Then, apply the paste to your acne to reduce redness and swelling.
Vicks vapor rub – I actually have not tried this one yet but according to Pinterest, applying vapor rub really helps to shrink those painful, under-the-skin bumps.
Hopefully, these tips can help you if you are struggling with persistent acne. Please feel free to comment if you know of any more tips that I have not listed!
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