We all get them... the dreaded breakouts. Most of the time (we mean always), they come at the least opportune time! We can’t really help getting the occasional breakout, but we can definitely take some precautions to reduce the risk. Try these easy tips to keep your skin as blemish-free as possible!
1) Cleanse Consistently!
Using a soft cleanser both day and night will lessen the chances of you waking up with a breakout. Cleansing your face twice a day will remove dead skin cells and any excess oil. Make sure you don’t get cleanse happy though, as over cleansing will have adverse drying effects on your skin. Try Schique’s Pure Clarity Daily Cleanser to keep your skin looking fresh and clear.
Exfoliating not only keeps your breakouts at bay, it helps slow down aging, evens out your skin tone, gets rid of dead skin cells, and can reduce acne. A gentle scrub should be used no more than 2 to 3 times per week. We recommend Schique’s Radiant Glow Face Scrub, which is gentle enough to use daily.
3) Clean Your Makeup Brushes!
This tip always gets overlooked because it’s so easy to forget to clean our makeup brushes. However, it’s a big reason why so many of us get random breakouts. Our brushes collect all of the oil and dust on our face each time we apply makeup, so every time you apply a dirty makeup brush on your skin, you are essentially clogging your pores. Oops! To keep blemishes from popping up on your face, we suggest washing your brushes every 2 to 4 weeks, depending on how often you wear makeup.
4) Drink Up!
Staying hydrated is a tip that is on almost every beauty list and for good reason! While drinking water is not the be-all-end-all solution to preventing breakouts, it does provide the most benefits. Staying hydrated helps your skin get rid of impurities and keeps your skin moisturized. Caffeine has the opposite effect, and since many of us can’t cut out our daily cup(s) of coffee, make sure you have an extra glass of water per cup of joe.
5) Check Up on Your Makeup Fragrance!
Your makeup may smell nice, but if you’re using products with fragrance in them, it could the cause of your breakout. Using a natural, fragrance-free mineral-based makeup helps prevent aggravation and pimples. Be sure to check your makeup for ingredients like: fragrance, perfume, linalool, citronellol, cinnamal, limonene, lemon, and cinnamon.
6) Wash Pillowcases (often!)
Our pillows collect all of our skin cells, oil, dirt and bacteria, which are all ingredients for blemishes. If you are feeling like your pores are clogged and bumpy, make sure your pillowcases are getting washed once a week! Many love using a silk pillowcase because it reduces friction and feels better on your skin. Whatever your cloth of choice is, it is essential to wash those pillow covers to keep your face as clean as possible.
7) Dairy-Free Can Clear Acne!
For many people who are prone to acne, dairy can be a huge culprit. We know, we love cheese as much as you do, but many studies link the hormones in dairy causing overproduction of hormones in our own bodies! Try cutting out all dairy for 7 days to determine if this reduces breakouts or if there has been any improvement in redness.
8) Can’t Touch This!
We’ve been told not to touch our faces since we hit puberty, yet we still can’t help it! Our hands are full of dirt and oil, no matter how often we wash them. Touching our face triggers breakouts and clogs our pores, a big no-no when we are trying to keep our skin looking clear and flawless.
9) Don’t Pick!
It’s so tempting to pick at our blemishes, but it can make matters way worse. While it is so satisfying to pop our own pimples, it causes more inflammation, swelling, scabs, and possibly an infection. Instead, try putting a topical cream or oil and use ice to reduce the size of the breakout.
Follow these steps and see clearer, more radiant skin in no time!