Everyone wants an acne-free face. But let’s face it — not everyone is willing to do the things that are necessary to free your complexion from dirt, oil, and inflammation. At the end of the day, however, an acne-free face is completely doable. Read on for some helpful hints about how to achieve it.
Don’t pop your pimples. This is the number one rule! Pimples contain nasty bacteria. If you pop your pimples, that bacteria has a chance of getting inside other pores and giving them a place to stay without charging rent, so to speak. Make your pimples pay rent.
Try not to touch your face. Your hands (no matter how many times you scrub them) have oils and dirt on them, and are vectors for bacteria. If you’re constantly wiping that dirt, oil, and bacteria back onto your face, chances are it’s not going to respond too well.
Drink enough water. Many doctors recommend that you drink between 9 and 12 cups of water per day (2.2 to 3 liters), depending on whether you are a girl or guy. (Women should drink 9 cups, men should drink 12.) Your skin is an organ in your body, too, and like your kidney, it needs adequate amounts of water to function properly.
Eat a balanced diet. Diet can help your complexion look its best if you let it. There’s nothing amazing about the following sentence, and you can probably guess what it’s going to be: eat more fruits and vegetables, more healthy fats, and experiment with probiotics.
Don’t try to wash your face more than twice a day. Washing your face too much will only make your face dry, causing your face to produce more oils, which unfortunately equals more acne.
Use a toner for oily skin. What is a toner? A toner is a lotion or wash that helps shrink your pores while cleaning grime and dirt away. Be careful about toners with alcohol because they will wipe away the oil from your face. This causes more oil to be produced, along with more acne. Find a toner that is low on alcohol but still effective.
Remove as much unhealthy stress from your life as possible. Doctors aren’t completely sure why, but they do know that there is a link between stress and skin disorders, specifically stress and acne. Somehow, the cells that produce sebum, which is the stuff that ultimately causes acne, become unregulated when a person experiences a lot of stress.
Give your body the sleep it needs. Why is sleep important? A recent study found that psychological stress increases by 14% for every hour of sleep you lose a night. As we learned above, stress can have a deleterious effect on skin, causing acne.
Speaking of sleep, change your pillowcase on a regular basis. Consider wrapping your pillowcase in a towel to absorb oil. You can flip the towel over the next night.
by Shade A’ Onakoya