Are you frustrated with your skin? Random breakouts? Constantly washing with no improvement? There are many factors that contribute to acne, breakouts, etc but it might just be as simple as your skincare routine, the season, or even hormones.
I don’t often get breakouts, luckily, but when I do I always consider my location and the time of year. Over the course of 10+ years I’ve learned what my skin likes and what it doesn’t. More than anything, I get breakouts the most whenever I fly/ land in a different climate. In fact lately, since the weather here has been so hot [still not complaining though!!] I’ve definitely had my fair share of pimples pop up out of nowhere. The other day I shared one on my Instagram stories in the weirdest place, right below my eyebrow, next to my eye. WTF? And I surprisingly received so many responses from you guys saying you’ve had one there too! Who knew?! Pimples pop up in the weirdest places sometimes. I once had one in my ear…. in. my. ear. Haha!
“There is no quick guide to getting clear skin fast, it’s all in your daily habits.”
Anyway, today I’m giving you my tips I swear by for keeping my skin clear and pimple-free [for the most part]! Of course, everything you read for clear skin is always going to subjective. What might work for one person might not work for you. We all have different skin types. But what I can say for certain is that clear skin isn’t just a matter of DNA, it also has to do with your daily routine and habits.
1. Eating right
This just doesn’t stem from eating salads and drinking lots of water, sugars can sometimes have a major affect on your skin. I do my best to limit my sugar intake for many reasons, skincare being just one of them.
2. Wash twice
I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again. If you’re washing your face once at night, up it to twice. Like how you go for a blowout and they shampoo twice, washing your face twice really helps clear up your skin. Think of it as the first wash being just to remove the makeup/ debris your face encountered throughout the day, and the second wash as actually getting into your pores and cleaning.
I know it sounds cliche and you might be like, “Umm what does exercise have to do with clear skin?” But exercising does wonderful things not only for your body and mind, but for your skin too. And turns out I’m not the only one who thinks so, Forbes shared an article with exercise being a correlation to clear skin, along with NY Times, and Mind Body Green.
4. Switch up your products
Don’t let your skin get accustomed to one product. I’ll use a gel wash, a wash with glycolic acid, once a week an exfoliant, and other times a foam wash.
5. Treat your skin’s particular needs
This one is kind of a no brainer but often goes overlooked. We read so much online and are bombarded with information all day long so sometimes you forget to listen to your particular skin and its needs, and instead focus on whats worked for others. But don’t forget: Your skin is different from someone else’s so if someone is using a cleanser for dry skin and you have oily prone skin, this likely won’t work for you. If you’re unsure, consult a physician, but don’t feel pressure to purchase anything from him/her if you do. There are tons of affordable over-the-counter products that are great for combating acne or other issues. More on that next time!
6. Don’t over-wash
Finally, don’t over-wash your skin. If you are prone to oily skin [me too] over-washing is a common factor many of us do to get rid of the oils; however, this can contribute to more oil! The natural oil is actually good for your skin and when you’re constantly washing it your body is producing more to make up for it. My advice: Use a blotting tissue for excess oil and wash twice a day- once in the morning, once a night. Use a gentle cleanser for the first while, while your skin adapts. You will notice less oil over the course of a few weeks.