6 Easy Ways To Reduce Breakouts

As someone who has had oily, acne-prone skin my entire life, I’ve definitely done a lot of trial and error when it comes to figuring out what causes my breakouts and what I can do to reduce the chances of my face erupting into tiny, aggravating bumps. I’ve tried tons of products, some that worked and some that didn’t, but I’ve also learned that sometimes it’s little things that I’m doing (or not doing) that really effect my chances of developing a pimple. Here are six simple things you can do to help reduce your chances of breaking out.

I know it can be tedious, especially when you’re tired and just want to go to bed but making sure you always remove your makeup is important if you want to avoid breakouts. After a long day your makeup can mix with any dirt and oils on your skin and clog your pores, causing blackheads and pimples. By removing your makeup, you allow your skin to breathe easier, which is important as it regenerates throughout the night. Taking off all that residue will definitely help you cut down on breakouts.

Most people realize how important it is to cleanse their skin before going to bed to make sure all the oils, dirt and pollution that their face has been exposed to are washed away. It’s kind of common sense but it also just feels refreshing to wash your day away before jumping into bed. But some people do not do a full cleanse in the morning. Personally, I have oily skin and my face tends to sweat even in my sleep, so I know it’s important to cleanse that all away in the morning before going through my skincare routine. It wouldn’t make sense to layer more products over the oils and sweat that have built up on my face overnight, nor would it make sense to put makeup over the top of them. I like to start my morning with a fresh base to avoid trapping any germs or bacteria under my makeup. I know some people have a drier skin type and avoid cleansing in the mornings for that reason, but if you’ve been experiencing breakouts, I’d highly recommend trying it and seeing if it makes a difference. You can always use a gentler or more hydrating cleanser to suit your skin. But cleansing both morning and night can go a long way towards reducing the prevalence of breakouts.

Like I said, people do sweat in their sleep. And oftentimes that sweat goes straight onto your pillowcase. Not only that but the products you use in your hair and the oils that build up on it also get up close and personal with your pillowcase. When you rest your face on your pillowcase day in and day out, you can end up putting your skin into close quarters with lots of oils and grime that could cause breakouts without you realizing. Whenever I start to develop breakouts, the first thing I do is always change my pillowcase. I tend to change mine at least once a week but depending on your skin you might want to change it even more frequently. 

I know it’s annoying and can be time consuming but washing your makeup brushes can also really cut down your chances of experiencing a breakout. Think about it. You don’t want bacteria from old makeup building up on your skin, so why would you put dirty makeup brushes covered in old makeup on your face? It might seem innocent enough to reuse dirty brushes but when you really think about what could be built up on your them, it’s just not very hygienic. Making sure you clean and disinfect your brushes and sponges will ensure that there’s less bacteria making its way into your makeup pans and onto your skin, and therefore reduce your chances of developing a blemish.

Are you starting to see a trend here? Essentially, cleaning the things that come into close contact with your skin on a regular basis can really help you stop breakouts before they start. People sometimes forget how often they touch their phones, swiping and typing and leaving oils and bacteria on their screens. When you press your ear against your phone all those germs go right onto your face, raising your risk of developing an annoying little breakout along your cheek or jaw. Wiping down your phone regularly with a disinfecting wipe can just further help reduce your chances of breaking out.

When I was younger I had a horrible habit of sitting with my jaw resting on my hand while in class. I’d sit like that for hours at a time and sure enough would constantly break out on my chin and jaw. That’s because I was putting germs from anything I had touched onto my face without even thinking about it. Over time I trained myself not to sit like that but whenever I’m anxious or working on something I sometimes find that it happens without me really thinking about it. And usually, when it does happen, I find that I’ve developed a blemish in that spot. So, if you tend to sit with your chin resting on your fist or find that you touch your face a lot throughout the day, you might be causing more breakouts without being aware of it. Try to be more conscious of how much you touch your face because avoiding it can really help cut down on the bacteria that’s ending up on your skin.

I know some of these tips might seem obvious or like they wouldn't make much of a difference, but sometimes it’s not so much about what you put on your skin as what you don’t. Making sure that your skin is cleansed and that the things you put in direct contact with your face are clean will really cut down on the blemish-causing bacteria that’s creating all the problems. Sure, you can buy tons of creams and gels that will help shrink your pimples or make them a little less red and angry, but why not try to avoid causing them in the first place. 

If you have hormonal acne, a lot of your breakouts have nothing to do with outside aggressors and everything to do with your body’s chemistry, but you could still possibly be causing other blemishes in the ways mentioned above. In my battle with acne I’ve learned that every little bit helps, and these simple changes have helped with reducing the frequency and severity of my breakouts. These tips might be things you already do, but if not, these six habits are just a few simple ways to help cut down your chances of developing breakouts.

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