5 Lifesaving Tips
We’ve all been there. You wake up one morning and suddenly there is a big pimple on your forehead, staring back at you while you are brushing your teeth. You let out a sigh of exasperation and take out the cover-up, concealing yet another break-out that you weren’t expecting.
Let’s face it. One of the most annoying things about breaking out is not knowing WHY you are breaking out. But what if I told you there are some things that you can build into your everyday routine that will minimize your chances of developing those oh so annoying zits? Here are my top five lifesaving tips for avoiding nasty breakouts.
Get enough sleep
Most people know that getting enough sleep is good for your overall health; but did you know it can actually have a big impact on your skin? Sleep lowers stress levels, preventing the overproduction of the hormone cortisol. Excess cortisol causes the body to produce more sebum, which is an oily, waxy substance that moisturizes, coats and protects your skin. However, if there is excess sebum it can clog your pores causing acne. All this to say that getting a good 7-8 hours a sleep a night could go a long way to warding off unwanted breakouts. Making sleep a priority can also lead the way to a good bedtime skincare routine that will help keep your skin clear and youthful.
Wash your pillowcase
On the topic of sleep, it is important that you make sure you wash your pillowcase regularly. A lot of people don’t realize this, but a dirty pillowcase can be a major cause of acne. Especially if you have a night or two where you don’t wash your face as thoroughly, the dirt and grime of the day gets wiped off on your pillowcase as you sleep. This means that you are rubbing your face in it all night long. This, along with the friction caused by rubbing your face against the pillow, has been known to cause skin irritation and breakouts. Even if you are meticulous with your bedtime skincare routine this it is recommended that you wash your pillow at least once a week to ensure you have a safe and clean place to lay your head as you get your much-needed beauty rest.
Switch up your diet
What you eat can have a major effect on the health of your skin. How diet affects the skin is totally dependent on the person, so be curious. People that are sensitive to gluten or dairy can have a reaction to their skin. Spicy foods often contain tomatoes, peppers and spices which are high in acidic lycopene that can throw off the skin’s pH levels and cause acne. If you are concerned that a specific food is causing you to break out, make an appointment with your dermatologist or gastroenterologist to see if your diet is what might be causing your acne. They should be able to help you assess the situation and provide you with some professional advice about how to tweak your diet so that it works for you.
Drink enough water
Dehydration is another reason why the body might produce excess sebum, which can clog pores and cause acne. It can also lead to the accumulation of dead skin cells that can also lead to clogged pores. Make sure your drink enough water and cut back on dehydrating drinks like coffee and alcohol. It is also a great idea to wear sunscreen because the sun can be a major contributor to dehydration as well. Finding a good moisturizer that you apply regularly can also help keep the skin hydrated and ward off unwanted breakouts.
Wash your face – but not too much
Washing your face is important. The worst thing you can do for your skin is to go to bed with a full face of makeup. Using a cleanser on your face is a great way to unclog pores, which mitigates acne. That being said if you are cleansing too much, this could dry out your skin and cause the body to produce more sebum – exactly what you are trying to avoid. Try to stick to using a cleanser on your face just twice a day – in the morning and evening. If you feel like you need to cleanse more often like after you work out, choose a gentler cleanser that won’t strip your skin of all its natural oils. This will make sure your sebum levels stay balanced to keep breakouts to a minimum.
Even if you follow all of these tips, you will probably experience acne once and a while. It’s part of being human. If this happens you can treat your break out with a quality product like the Epoch Blemish Treatment, which calms redness and helps clear up troubled complexions.
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