1. Wash your face twice, two times a day.
It’s not a typo. Each time you cleanse your face, rinse and repeat. The first wash only gets rid of surface dirt, oils and makeup. The second cleanse is what really gets down in your pores to help prevent breakouts. And of course, always, always, always wash off all of your makeup before bed. Dermalogica’s “Dermal Clay Cleanser” and “Deep Clean” by Osmosis are both great cleansers for blemished skin.
2. Exfoliate without scrubbing or rubbing.
Exfoliation is important for removing dead skin cells, which can lead to blemishes. However, using mechanical or physical exfoliation (scrubs, washcloths, brushes) can inflame skin and spread bacteria, leading to even more pimples and redness. Find an enzyme exfoliator, like De La Terre’s “Purifies Blemished Skin Herb Rich Clay” or “Polish” by Osmosis, and use it once or twice a week.
3. Change your pillowcase every other day.
Your pillowcase absorbs oils from your skin and hair every night while you sleep. These oils can cause impacted pores and breakouts if you don’t change your pillowcase regularly. Pick up some extra cases and always have them on hand for bedtime.
4. Sanitize your cell phone.
I won’t get into all of the studies about how germ-infested cell phones can be, but just think about it: You touch it all the time, pass it around to your friends, lay it down just about anywhere and toss it into your purse. It gets gross. And then you transfer all of that directly to your face. Try cleaning your phone with antibacterial wipes daily to lessen the chance of phone-induced acne.
5. Clean your makeup brushes at least once a week.
Makeup brushes can harbor dead skin cells, oil and bacteria. If you don’t wash that gunk off, it just gets deposited onto your skin…and into your makeup. Use a facial or brush cleanser to wash your brushes at least once a week. And if you use sponges, those are meant to be disposable, so toss them!
No matter how oily or acne prone your skin may be, it still needs to be moisturized daily. If you starve your skin of hydration, it will only produce more oil to overcompensate, which can lead to more breakouts. Try an oil controlling moisturizer like De La Terre’s “Purifies Blemished Skin Serum” or Dermalogica’s “Oil Free Matte”.
7. Drink plenty of water.
Water can help your body flush out toxins that cause blemishes. It can also make the oil in your skin thinner, making it easier to pass through your pores without clogging. Water has countless benefits for your skin and overall health, so drink up!