Sometimes this journey of ‘suck’ feels never ending and each corner we turn an break out is staring at us right in the face. But if you take small steps to diagnose what really causes your skin to flare up, we begin to heal and move forward with our lives; instead of worrying what everyone thinks. So i have compiled some simple things that you can do right now to give yourself some better odds.
Wash your pillow case
Pillow cases accumulate a lot of bacteria, dirt and oil from constant use and from direct contact with your skin daily. So it is important to wash your pillow case often, especially if you have open sores. Note, do not use fabric softeners on your pillow cases.
Change your detergent
Inflammation can be caused by laundry detergents that break down the skin’s oily protective layer resulting in itchy, dry skin. This is common in most detergents because people associate good smelling detergent with cleanliness, so companies add a bunch of chemicals to them which make them smell good. But this just causes a bunch of problems adding to your acne or creating new break outs.
Below is the #1 dermatologist recommended detergent for sensitive skin.
Do not use fabric softeners
Liquid fabric softeners and dryer sheets leave a waxy residue that clog pores. Even fragrance free fabric softeners are not any better, its the softening agent that causes the irritation. So DO NOT use fabric softeners on pillow cases, because this will cause a lot of irritation for those with sensitive skin.
Change your shampoo
All though this may seem irrelevant, shampoos that contain fragrances can cause irritation of both your scalp, hair line, face and back; which can contribute or lead to acne in those areas. Look for shampoos that are hypoallergenic or fragrance free shampoos.
Below is one of the best shampoos for acne prone skin, it does not contain any fragrances and it also contains salicylic acid which will help with acne around your hair line, face or back.
Always use sunscreen
It is extremely important to protect your skin from the sun, especially if you have acne. Staying out in the sun for long periods of time without sunscreen drains your skin of moisture, although this seems like a good thing, it is not. When your body is drained of moisture it begins to overcompensate, and flood your skin with oils that result in breaks outs.
Drink lots of water
Drinking water is one of the easiest ways to improve your skins health because it hydrates your skin cells which helps prevent the build up of contaminants that lead to acne, it also flushes out toxins and reduces inflammation.
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The chemicals used in make-up can severely damage your skin through clogging your pours resulting in increased redness, irritation and lead to acne or an increase in acne.
Helps pores manage the build up of sebum, so the event of a breakout is minimized, along with boosting your skins hydration; reducing redness and inflammation.
Below is my top pick for those with acne prone skin.
Take luke-warm showers
When we take those nice hot showers it burns our skin, although these are minor burns they generate irritation that can worsen acne and create more inflammation. You do not need to go full on Wim Hof cold, but talking luke-warm showers will help improve your skin.
While you are sleeping, the body begins to re balance it’s hydration system. Not getting enough sleep can create inflammation through blocking the bodies ability to replenish itself, possibly adding to your skin problem.
Disinfect your smartphone
A recent study preformed by Stanford university said that your iPhone carry’s as much bacteria as a toilet seat in a subway station. So yes it may improve your skin, or prevent from further damage if you plan on being on the phone a lot.
Disinfect your razors
It is best to avoid shaving areas with acne, but if that is not a option. It is very important that after every shave you disinfect your razor blades with rubbing alcohol, for example to prevent the build up of bacteria which will help prevent the spread of acne across your face.
Do not use cologne or perfume
These fragrances contain dangerous chemicals mostly extracted from petroleum. It also has been known to irritate the skin dramatically and worsen acne or create new outbreaks. If you want to be really smelly, i suggest applying a shit load of deodorant.
Avoid Gel, Hairspray and Paste
Pomades, gels and hairsprays can cause clogging of the pores and inflame the skin. This is due to the fact that whatever is used on the hair ends up on the face, more specifically the oils seep onto the forehead causing acne. A good alternative for this is aleo vera for it is good for the hair and skin.