Breakouts are so annoying! There are many of us who fear looking into the mirror every morning because they are afraid that a new pimple may appear. Well, for those people, there are ways to make that morning routine less stressful. Here are some great ways to wake up to clearer skin.
Across the board, one of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent morning breakouts is by washing your face before you go to sleep. For best results, wash your face a few hours before bedtime. If you wait until you’re tired, you’re more likely to blow it off and then toxins and dirt will stay on your skin all night. Also, nighttime is the best time to treat your skin. Dermatologist Laurie Polis of NYC says, “At night there is more blood flow to the skin’s surface and there’s nothing else on your face to interfere with absorption.”
Diet is also an important factor in keeping skin clear. Here are a few tips to a healthy diet that will lead to clearer skin.
Cut Back on Sugar
This is definitely challenging since sugar is in almost everything we eat. However, it is recommended to keep sugar intake to 2 to 4 servings of the fructose found in fruit. Avoid sugars in refined carbohydrates and candy aisle sweets which can exacerbate acne.
Eat Antioxidant Rich Foods
Antioxidants help prevent acne by circumventing free radical damage that harms the skin and immune system. They also help the skin by inhibiting external toxins from penetrating the living dermal layer. Foods rich in antioxidants include blueberries, pecans, dark chocolate, pecans and kidney beans.
Avoid Processed Foods
Not all processed food is bad but they do tend to contain more sugars, fats and salts than we need while fresh ingredients can be healthier without being full of preservatives and additives. If you are acne prone, it is encouraged you buy fresh ingredients so you can make food at home, but if you are buying processed foods, read the labels carefully.
Health writer Augusta Falletta also recommends incorporating the following into your routines to prevent oil from getting into pores and causing breakouts:
- Change pillowcases once a week to avoid oil buildup from hair, hair products and sweat from getting into skin.
- Touching and picking at your face can also lead to spreading the oil and bacteria into pores, not to mention the risk of infection and scarring.
- You should also clean makeup brushes every two weeks or so. The amount of product and bacteria build up that can happen is frightening and the longer you wait between cleanings, the more you are risking bacteria build up on your skin. It is recommended you use antibacterial soap and warm water to clean brushes, and lay flat to avoid warping.
So are you acne prone? What do you find works best to keep breakouts at bay? Have these methods worked for you?