Acne Education #4 - My Top 10 Tips For Helping Acne

15.3.14


1. Check the comedogenicy level of the ingredients in the products you are using. This is one of the most important steps to take to reduce acne. I never purchase a product that is going on my face (excluding eye shadows and lipsticks) without checking the ingredients first. Foundation, concealer, blush, bronzer, cleanser, moisturiser... Nothing goes unchecked. If you are prone to breakouts, you don't want to use anything with a rating of three or above. If anyone wants a really good, comprehensive list, please leave your email below and I will forward it on to you.

2. Don't touch your face without washing your hands. This includes resting your face at the jaw on your hand as this causes your sebaceous glands to excrete sebum. Everything that we touch has bacteria on it. So when you touch something and then touch your face without clean hands, you're effectively placing more bacteria on your face which doesn't really need to be there and could have been avoided in the first place.

3. Change your face towel at least twice a week. Again, this relates to bacteria which build up on your towel throughout the week each time you dry your face and from getting damp. 

4. Change your pillowcase every four days. Once again, bacteria. You can get four uses out of one pillowcase: 
Night one - opening on the left
Night two - opening on the right
Flip the pillow and repeat the same placement of the pillow for nights three and four. 

5. Clean your sunglasses/glasses regularly. If you get clogged pores, such as whiteheads and blackheads, on your nose and you wear glasses of any type, you need to clean them well and often, preferably with some sort of anti-bacterial. Sebum, dead skin, makeup and other nasties can build up on your glasses and are likely to be the cause of clogged pores in places where the glasses touch your face. 

6. Avoid putting objects against your face, e.g. your phone when talking on it. If you can't have it on loud speaker, be careful not to press your phone against your cheek. Of all the items you own, your phone is likely to be the one with the most bacteria. Like with glasses, it is important to clean your phone on a regular basis. 

7. Keep your hair clean and keep it off your face whenever possible. Avoid getting hair products on your face; shampoos, conditioners, hair sprays and other products usually have comedogenic ingredients in them.

8. Drink water. I am guilty of not drinking enough water, especially during the colder months. But it is an important step in flushing out toxins in your body and moisturising the skin. They say that six to eight glasses per day is ideal but drink what you can, it's better than not drinking water at all. 

9. Eat a balanced diet. If you read my last post about acne (which I will link below) you would have seen that I wrote that diet could be a possible cause for acne but that such a hypothesis has been subject to ongoing debate. I also said that I don't know whether I believe diet is a cause at this stage but I do believe a balanced diet contributes to the overall appearance of the skin. I have, however made two changes to my diet to "help" my acne: the first change was reducing my salt intake, and the second change was replacing full cream milk with lite milk. 

10. Get a good night's sleep. Beauty sleep isn't just a saying. Not getting enough can upset the body's hormonal balance due to increased stress as a result of lack of sleep and can make your acne flare up. It is important to get at least six or seven hours of sleep a night.

Part 1 - My Acne Journey
Part 2 - What Is Acne and Why Do We Get It?
Part 3 - What Is Your Skin Type?

NB: I am not a dermatologist or skin specialist. I do not claim to know everything about acne. This information is derived from websites, books and my own knowledge/experience with acne.