How to care for acne-prone skin
Learning how to handle acne breakouts can be challenging, especially with loads of skincare products on the market and advice floating around on the internet. Rest assured, though — here are 12 essential acne do’s and don’ts to set the record straight:
1. Don’t pop those zits
You’re probably heard this from your dermatologist before, but popping zits is a big no-no. It can make breakouts worse, and also lead to scarring. Instead apply a topical ointment designed for zits, such as tea tree oil, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid.
2. Do use organic, raw honey
There’s a lot of evidence that suggests applying organic, raw honey to zits actually helps them heal faster. Why? Because raw honey has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. You can use raw honey on its own or mix it with tea tree oil.
3. Do wash your bedsheets often
Bedsheets trap dirt and bacteria, leading to outbreaks. Make sure to wash your bedsheets at least once a week using hypoallergenic detergent. In the same vein, disinfect your smartphone every few days, since it touches your face.
4. Don’t exfoliate too often
Using an exfoliating scrub on inflamed skin, i.e. breakouts, can result in tiny tears. Instead, use chemical exfoliants such as lactic or glycolic acid.
5. Don’t use lemons
A lot of DIY acne treatment recipes contain lemon juice that can actually irritate your skin. Lemon juice is super acidic, so it can make your skin ultra sensitive to the sun, leading to blisters and inflammation.
6. Don’t over-wash your face
Washing your face too often can cause dryness and inflammation, worsening acne. Instead, wash it no more than twice a day.
7. Do use the right kind of facial cleansers
Look for facial cleansers specifically formulated for oily or acne-prone skin. Key ingredients you should look for in a good cleanser include salicylic acid, lactic acid, and glycolic acid.
8. Do wear mineral foundation
Many foundations include pore-clogging ingredients, making acne worse. But powder mineral foundations are non-comedogenic and usually formulated without talc, mineral oil, preservatives, and fragrances, making it a great option for acne-prone skin.
9. Do wear sunscreen every day
You should avoid direct sun exposure at all costs. It ages your skin and also makes your acne breakouts worse. Invest in an oil-free facial sunblock that won’t clog pores.
10. Do slather on an antibiotic ointment
If you want to calm blemishes fast, then slather on some antibiotic ointment. It helps to soothe inflamed tissue and kills the bacteria found in zits so that skin can heal faster.
11. Do switch up your diet
A lot of high-sugar foods can trigger acne outbreaks. Most dermatologists recommend that acne sufferers drink tons of lemon water, which helps to detoxify the body. They also recommend taking vitamin D3 that increases wound healing.
12. Don’t touch your face
Chronic face toucher? That habit could worsen your acne. Keep your hands away from your face as much as possible. Why? Because by touching your face with your hands, you’re transferring dirt, bacteria, and oil to your skin, leading to even more pimples.
Wake up to clearer skin
It’s tough getting the facts straight with acne. But stopping acne in its tracks all boils down to using the right products, following a healthy diet, and remaining hygienic. Follow the above do’s and don’ts, and watch your skin find a healthy balance.