1. Birth control
Birth control is extremely useful in managing breakouts. Birth control and acne both have to do with hormones, so this is not surprising. Moreover, during the menstrual cycle, our hormones are changing and this causes more breakouts. Birth control consists of estrogen and progesterone that reduce androgen levels, which in turn reduces breakouts.
2. Clean your Phone
With all of the social media and connectedness today, we are often on our phones. When you hold your phone to your face, an excess of oil is produced. Then, the oil mixes with the bacteria on your phone, producing acne and breakouts. Prevent this by washing your phone daily.
3. Avoid Touching your Face
Just like bacteria is produced from our phones, when we touch our face, a similar process with bacteria takes place. We forget about the various items we touch throughout our day, as well as how often we absentmindedly touch our face. Evidently, bacteria is constantly being passed from our hands to our face. Consciously recognize this habit and remind yourself continuously to avoid touching your face.
4. Shower Post-Workout
Working out causes germs to attach to our body with the sweat that we produce, as well as other people’s bacteria on gym materials. Furthermore, it is important to shower very soon after working out, because leaving the sweaty and damp clothes on will increase the risk of breaking out.
Studies show that diet plays a role in maintaining skin, so it’s important to understand how to best feed our body while maintaining clear skin. The acne-free diet includes drinking more water, reducing sugar and alcohol intake, and avoiding process foods.
6. Reduce Stress
By now it is clear that stress can affect practically every part of our body and manifest in various ways. Stress can exacerbate any type of inflammation, which is what pimples are; when we stress, we may notice acne breakout triggers. Furthermore, periods cause hormonal changes, which can additionally affect stress levels. Take conscious measures to decrease stress such as reducing screen time, staying active, and maintaining healthy social relationships.
7. Remove Makeup
Taking off your makeup before bed is a major and easy tip for maintaining clear skin and avoiding breakouts. By removing makeup, we reduce the risk of breakouts, reduces dead skin, and allows our skin to breath. All of these benefits are integral to avoiding breakouts.
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