Acne and breakouts are often due to genetics and hormone misbalances that are hard to prevent. However, there are many ways to minimize the likelihood of getting those pesky pimples. Here are so of my tips, based on personal experience, for a clear complexion.
1. Change your pillowcase often
Pillowcases can gather a lot of dirt night after night, and it is important to change them often. Changing them once a week would probably yield best results (but I tend to be rather lazy with laundry, resulting in a change only every 2-3 weeks). Look for good-quality pillowcases (i.e. with a high thread count).
2. Dab, don’t drab
I have no idea why even call this method what I do. Basically, I just mean pat your face dry with a towel, rather than wiping it down. This helps prevent your skin from getting damaged. Funny story: I actually first learned this tip when I was a tween from reading a book from The Clique series. Did anyone ever read those as a kid? So funny, but hey! The tip works!
3. Give the face scrub a break
Face scrubs are a fantastic way to get deep into your pores are eliminate dirt. However, scrubs are harsh on skin, and it important to alternate them with other products. Do not use it more than once a day, or perhaps even once a week, depending on the scrub and your skin type. Still, I would recommend to use a face wash twice a day, in your morning and night routine.
4. Moisturize after you wash your face
Experiment to find the best moisturizer for you! Night creams tend to be thicker and richer, but they take longer to absorb. Many day creams contain alcohol for faster absorption, and often offer SPF protection. Eye creams contain no/minimal alcohol, which is why they cause less inflammation around the eye area. I use a day cream from Yves Rocher, but I always experiment.
5. Stay hydrated
Drink lots of water! Keep water on your bedside table, and make it your mission to drink it first thing in the morning. Carrying around a bottle also makes it easier to remember to drink lots.
6. Reduce your dairy intake
Even if you aren’t lactose intolerant, milk contains lots of hormones that can cause breakouts. A common problem breakout area caused by dairy intake is between your eyebrows (Google “face mapping” for further research on what breakouts in different parts of your face mean). I have always had trouble digesting dairy, so eliminating milk from my diet has not been a problem. Try substituting almond, soy, or coconut milk into your diet instead.
7. Cut the crap and sugar
Please note, by “sugar” I mean artificial sugars and sweeteners. Natural sugars from fruits or honey are actually great for skin, and provide many vitamins. Try reducing your intake of sugar and processed foods by replacing them with fresh fruits and home cooked meals.