Tips for Clearing and Preventing Breakouts

Breakouts, the word of most girls nightmares.

For me, these are a monthly occurrence. You know what I mean by monthly. I get them around my chin and jaw line, and they are always super painful and red. Heres me talking like they are actual living beings. Well they might as well be…you hear that spots? BUGGER OFF.

I’m not going to lie, sometimes they need a little help to be pushed out the door. So, heres my tips and tricks. Firstly, lets talk about PREVENTION. These are really simple things you can do, and they make such a difference.

  1. Keep on top of changing your bedding/pillow cases. 

Yeah it doesn’t sound like much, but trust me it makes all the difference. All that bacteria that gathers in the night then sits on your pillow all day, and then you go rub your face into it again. GROSS. Even if you religiously flip your pillows as well as wash them, it will change your life. Or your face, who knows.

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     2. Fresh face cloths are a must. 

This is similar to the pillow thing, but using fresh facecloths will prevent the spread of bacteria. I have like 6 on rotation that go through the wash, making sure I always have at least two ready to be used. You don’t need a new one everyday, more like every other. Also try giving it a quick clean under the tap between uses.

     3. Remove that cleanser.

I mentioned this is my recent skincare routine video (you can watch it here). If you don’t remove ALL of your cleanser, it can lead to clogged pores and spots. So, scrub a dub dub.

So, theres a few handy, and lets be honest pretty easy ways to prevent breakouts. Another one to mention is around the time you know your going to break out, ditch the chocolate and go face-mask crazy, it works a treat for me. So, moving on to clearing. A little disclaimer here, this is what works for me. I am no skin expert or dermatologist, just voicing my recommendations. So here goes,

  1. Keep on top of your skincare routine.

Whether your routine is 2 steps or 9, just keep on top of it. This ensures that your skin is kept clean and hydrated, and allows your spots to heal.

    2. STOP TOUCHING YOUR FACE.

I’m a face toucher. Its something I really wish I could stop doing, and trust me its hard. But, and I promise you this, if you leave well alone, they will be gone so much quicker. Neglet does not make the heart grow fonder in this case, it makes them run away with their tails between their legs (or something like that). As hideous as they may look, and as much as you want to pop them, DONT. You will thank me for it.

    3. New products are a no-no. 

I always try and stay clear of products I have never used before. Surely because, I don’t know how my skin is going to react to them. Again, simple but effective.

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So, theres my tips. I just thought I would quickly mention some of my absolute staple products, two of which I swear my for crushing those unwanted craters. The first is a toner. I don’t use it everyday as it is quite strong, and its the Alpha H Liquid Gold. Granted, it does slightly sting when applied over spots, but it is really effective a reducing redness and making your face feel fresh.

Secondly is the Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate. I love its night-time partner too, but I have already raved about it before. This is amazing under make-up, on its own and just in general. I love it ok? For me this really reduces any scarring from spots, making them disappear quicker, as well as giving a beautiful glow to the skin.

I’m going to stop rambling on about spots now, and I will see you in my next post.

XOXO

 

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