Posted on May 01 2015
Acne tip No.1: Wear only Mineral Makeup
The makeup you use has a big impact on the health of your skin. Use only a good quality mineral makeup for acne, congested skin.
What is mineral makeup?
Mineral makeup should contain 100% minerals like titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, mica and iron oxide and be free of organic dyes, preservatives and fragrance. There are some brands out there that abide by this definition but there are many brands that are actually adding other ingredients often found in traditional makeup (like preservatives).
Do your research, read the labels and opt for a reputable brand!
Acne tip No.2: Wash your makeup brushes fortnightly.
When you clean your brushes, you are getting rid of old makeup, oil, dirt, dead skin, and bacteria (lovely)
Mild shampoo works well to wash the brushes and wash the brushes well until the water runs clear.
Dry the brushes a bit with a paper towel or towel and place the brushes on their side. Leaving them standing up to dry will cause water to seep down and may damage your brush.
Make sure you do this at night time so they are 100% dry by the morning.
Acne tip No.3: Keep your skin clean and clear.
Make sure you wash your face twice a day to remove impurities, dead skin cells, and extra oil from your skin. Washing more than twice a day is not necessary and it may cause more harm than good. Use warm, not hot, water and a mild facial cleanser. Using a harsh soap can hurt or strip the already inflamed skin and cause more irritation.
Don’t over exfoliate either! Many acne sufferers tend to over exfoliate which can worsen breakout. Less is more and once or twice a week is plenty for exfoliating.
Acne tip No.4: Don’t forget to Moisturise!
When you’ve got acne, a common misconception is that you should cut back on moisturiser to keep your face from having more moisture than necessary. It works quite the opposite — leaving your face dry and without hydration simply means that your skin will actually produce more oil, which can cause more breakouts. So, what’s the happy medium solution? Oil-free moisturizers.
Many acne products contain ingredients that can dry the skin, so always use a moisturiser that is oil free. There are moisturisers specifically made for oily, dry, or combination skin.
Just ensure you purchase the right one for your skin type and seek professional advice if you are unsure.
Acne tip No.5: Water, water, water!
Drink an extra glass of water. Water helps clear the toxins that cause inflammation and blemishes. It also assists in transporting nutrients and oxygen to your skin cells and prevents dehydration, which can cause premature aging. It can even make skin appear fuller since the hyaluronic acid that naturally exists in skin will pull in and hold the water for a wrinkle-plumping effect. Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day, more if you're active or live in a warm climate. To add a little flavor, try a skin-soothing tea like chamomile, mint or add sliced lemon or lime to your water bottle.
Acne tip No.6: Keep your hands off your face.
Touching your skin throughout the day can cause flare-ups and increase break out!
Acne tip No.7: Change your pillowcase!
A United Kingdom survey has found that on average single men only change their sheets four times a year. And while we hope you are swapping your linen more frequently, dirty pillowcases can lead to clogged pores. As nasty as is sounds, bacteria can build up on your bed and your face rubs around on it for a good eight hours a night. Well, that just can’t be good. If your skin is oily, change your sheets (or at least your pillowcases) twice a week. It might be a pain, but isn’t a clear complexion worth it?
Acne tip No.8: Supplement your skin!
Internal health plays a huge part in skin health- so stock up on your supplements! Essential fatty acids, zinc, Vitamin B3 and Vitamin C (see our previous blog on supplements for the skin)
Skip the coffee and juice up those leafy greens and fresh fruit in your blender for your daily fix instead.
A healthy vitamin rich diet with a balanced approach will do wonders for your skin- regardless of your skin concerns.
Stay tuned for more Acne tips coming soon!