These are some things that I've noticed have helped to decrease my breakouts.
Change your pillow cases.
When we sleep, sweat and oil from our skin and hair transfers onto our pillowcases. If they aren't changed regularly, all this dirt gets transferred back onto the skin and then breakouts occur. Ideally I try to change my pillowcases twice a week.
Dry your face with a clean washcloth.
Damp towels can harbor bacteria if not changed frequently. I keep a designated washcloth and avoid using any hand towels on my face. I change this washcloth twice a week. Also I use a separate washcloth to dry my face after getting out of the shower.
Don't pop your pimples.
I know this is the most tempting thing to do and I admit, I give in to the temptation once in a while. However, this will only leave you with scabs, hyperpigmentation, or possibly scars. It can also cause more inflammation or an infection.
Don't touch your face.
Our hands have a lot of bacteria on them from touching everyday objects. You don't want that transferred to your face.
Don't spray perfume on the neck.
Many perfumes are alcohol based with synthetic fragrances. This can irritate the skin where it is sprayed and lead to breakouts. I have personally experienced this. When I was spraying perfume on my neck, I noticed that I was getting deep cystic breakouts along my jawline.
Don't over-wash your face.
Your skin should never feel tight and dry after cleansing. Look for cleansers with a pH of 4.5-5.5 because the top protective layer of our skin (acid mantle) is naturally at this pH range (@goalstogetglowing does great posts on pH testing of cleansers). Overusing devices such as the Clarisonic can also lead to disruption of the acid mantle. Therefore, you want to try to limit their use to only several times a week.
*I'll have another post coming up on more about the acid mantle*
Indicaciones: para restablecer y mantener el manto ácido protector de la piel, evita la piel seca, y las infecciones brindándole a la piel el pH idóneo para protegerla de las múltiples agresiones del medio ambiente, manteniendo la piel lubricada, humectada y elástica.
Presentación: tubo con 20 g crema para áreas especificas.
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