1. Clean your face more often:
Whether or not you have acne, it’s important to wash your face twice daily to remove dead skin cells, bacteria and excess oil, combined these are the ingredients that cause spots. Use warm water and a facial cleanser with a low pH balance. Using a harsh soap (like body soap) can hurt the already inflamed skin and cause more irritation.
2. Exfoliate, but be gentle:
When our dead skin cells shed they do not just fall away on their own, they stick to pores and hair follicles. This causes our skin to produce excess oil—which leads to blackheads and spots. Exfoliating gets rid of these dead cells making it easier for lovely new skin to take their place!
3. Please DON’T pop:
We know it is so tempting but really, do not squeeze, scratch, rub or touch your pimples and blackheads. Annoyingly, this actually increases the sebum production. Plus, when you squeeze, you are actually rupturing the membranes below your skin, causing infection and sebum to spread underneath your skin, the result is more spots!
4. Clay Masks:
A weekly clay mask will help reduce sebum for those who have oily skin, it can also help with the appearance of pores. Homemade clay masks can be low in cost and very effective, scour the web for recipes that take your fancy!
5. Oil-free make-up makes a difference:
The makeup you use (and how much you use) has a big impact on the health of your skin. If you’re prone to breakouts, try to stick to oil-free face make up, BB and CC creams are better than tinted moisturiser and foundation.
Another tip that people often forget completely is that you must regularly clean and wash make up brushes. Make up brushes soak up bacteria and everytime you use yours this bacteria will be spread over your face until it’s cleaned. Washing your brushes once a week is recommended with an antibacterial soap. So next time you experience a breakout this might be the blame!