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10 tips for preventing breakouts

August 31, 2015

The lovely Melissa from Fit and Bliss was kind enough to allow me to write a guest post for her blog – thanks again Melissa!

In that guest post I shared 10 tips for preventing breakouts. If you’d like to check them out on her blog (you should, she shares a lot of good stuff!) then just click here. I thought I’d share the tips here as well so that no one misses out!

Washing face

Wash your face every night and every morning. This one may be a given, but you’d be surprised to know how many women sometimes go to bed without removing their make-up. Make sure you clean your face properly before going to bed, or the make-up will be clogging your pores.

Clean your make-up brushes. When you use your brushes, they soak up any dirt and oil you have on your face, and the next time you use them, you’ll pretty much be rubbing that dirt and oil back onto your face. It’s recommended to clean your brushes at least once a week. I often clean my brushes with the same cleanser I use for my face, but please note it will only work if it’s a make-up removing cleanser. You can otherwise use liquid dish soap, but make sure you rinse it out properly.

Change your pillowcase often. Oil and dirt from your face transfer to your pillow while you are sleeping. Even if you do wash your face every night, dirt will build up and clog your pores and cause breakouts unless you change your pillowcase often. I recommend changing it at least once a week, but preferably every couple of days.

Keep your hair out of your face. Even if you wash your hair regularly, your hair transfers oils to your face, and can cause breakouts. It’s recommended to keep your hair out of your face as much as possible. This is especially important if you use a lot of product in your hair.

Don’t touch your face. We all do it, but we shouldn’t. I don’t know about you, but when I’m bored at work, I often sit resting my chin in my hand. By doing this, you’re transferring dirt from your hands to your face, which in turn clogs pores and causes breakouts. So if you’re aware of doing this, wash your hands often.

Wash your face before and after exercising. Sweat will clog your pores, so it’s important to wash your face after a workout. Wash your face before too, and don’t wear make-up during your workout session to prevent your pores getting clogged.

Don’t squeeze your pimples. I know it’s tempting, and it feels like they will go away faster if you squeeze them. This couldn’t be further from the truth. By squeezing them, you’ll transfer dirt from your hands to your face which in turn could cause more breakouts. You’ll also risk scarring. When your squeezing a pimple, you might also be spreading the bacteria inside the skin and you may end up with more pimples.

Reduce your stress levels. Stress is never good, and could potentially cause breakouts. If you feel stressed, think about the things you could do to reduce it. Perhaps try yoga, pilates, or simply go on a short holiday.

Moisturise even if you have oily skin. When you don’t moisturise, your skin will try to create its own oils instead, and this can cause breakouts. I know from experience that it can feel really strange to moisturise when you know that your skin isn’t dry, but trust me, It really does help.

Do you have any additional tips for preventing breakouts? 🙂

Sophie

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