For those who deal with skin prone to blemishes, the idea of a quick fix is extremely appealing. Many of us have spent hours internet-searching for acne cures, hoping to stumble upon a miracle. The truth is, much of what you’ll read is actually nonsense, and you may end up doing more harm than good. Here are our top tips on how to care for acne-prone skin, the healthy way.
It’s a common misconception that if you have blemished skin, it’s because your skin is dirty or that you don’t wash it enough. This is actually a harmful idea as over-cleansing is often the cause of irritation and increase in acne.
Clean make-up brushes regularly.
We all know we need to do it, but many of us put it off without realising how important washing make-up brushes is. Keeping anything which touches your face free from bacteria is a vital way to prevent blemishes appearing.
This includes your hands, pillowcases, and phones!
Rather than trying to dry out a blemish with harsh chemicals, using oils on your skin will tackle spots even quicker and won’t leave your skin feeling itchy or uncomfortable. Natural oils are perfect even for oily skin as they can work wonders for healing acne and regulating oil production.
Oils such as oat kernel oil are anti-inflammatory and will soothe your skin as well as brightening your overall complexion.
Swap high-sugar for high-antioxidants.
Sweets and chocolate high in refined sugar can aggravate not only your skin but your whole digestive system. If you’re craving a sugary treat, swap milky chocolate for a low-sugar alternative with a high cocoa amount (70% or higher is best). Swap packaged snacks and sweets for homemade refined sugar-free bakes and bars using plant-based sweeteners like date or agave syrup. Or better yet – snack on your favourite juicy fruit!
Don’t pick them!
This one you probably already know, but might not always stick to. It can be incredibly tempting to try and get rid of a spot by touching or poking at it – but don’t! If you leave it be it will go away in much less time, we promise.
Take time each day to breathe deeply and relax. Stress can be a major factor for many people when it comes to acne, so do what you find most relaxing – a warm bath, a pilates class, a walk through the park or a night in bed reading your favourite book. Stay hydrated, and work towards getting your five a day of fruit and vegetables.
What are your tips for caring for acne-prone skin?