- Use a gentle moisturizer
Moisturizing with breakouts is a careful balance. It can be tempting to skip it altogether if your skin feels oily, but if you aren’t moisturized enough, then your skin will work overtime to produce even more oil. If your skin feels dry, tight and uncomfortable, then it’s probably not getting enough moisture. For acne-prone skin, c light, oil-free moisturizers with non-ingredients instead of heavy creams.
- Drink more water
This is a cliche but drinking more water really will help flush out your skin and keep it clearer and healthier. It also helps with hydration which means your skin won’t overcompensate by producing more oil.
- Exfoliate gently
When it comes to exfoliating, I’ve tried all kinds of scrubs and even treatments like microdermabrasion and I definitely found that gentle is better. Use a chemical exfoliator rather than a harsh manual scrub to avoid irritating and inflaming your skin. I love the Nip+Fab glycolic pads as they’re quick and easy.
- Avoid leaving sweat to sit on your face
Just like thoroughly removing make-up, sweat can also wreak havoc and block pores. So when you work-out or play sport, make sure to wash your face afterwards with a gentle, non-irritating cleanser and moisturize lightly.
- Use a drying lotion
When blemishes strike, overnight drying lotions can be helpful in reducing inflammation and helping your skin to heal faster. They don’t work on all types of pimples but are worth trying. Our favorite is the Mario Badescu drying lotion.
- Be careful with hair products
What you put on your hair during the day will likely end up on or near your face overnight via your pillow. So in addition to changing your pillowcases regularly, think about whether heavy or harsh styling products could be affecting your skin.
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Neutrogena Oil-Free Facial Moisturizer
Water Tracker Bottle
Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads
Try this: Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Try this: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Try this: Liliysilk Silk Scrunchy
Liliysilk Silk Scrunchy
When it comes to breakouts, there often isn’t one simple answer or magic cure, but adopting a range of strategies to help.
If you wear make-up, investing in a good concealer and foundation that won’t block your pores is definitely worth it. While it won’t improve your skin, it will make you feel more confident. And if your skin is still getting you down, definitely go to see a dermatologist – and know that you aren’t alone.
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