Dealing with acne prone skin can feel like a total nightmare! It takes months and years to find the right type of products and skincare routine that can help to keep the pesky acne at bay.
Getting rid of them may seem like you have got your work cut out for you, but if you follow some of these quintessential skincare tips we have mentioned below, you would see improvement in your acne prone skin in no time! Scroll down to explore our top skincare tips for acne prone skin that are very easy to follow and will give you guaranteed results!
Skincare Tips For Acne Prone Skin
1. Wash Your Face At Least Twice A Day
Dirt build-up on the skin is the mainspring of acne breakouts. Wash your face a couple of times daily with a good face wash to get rid of dirt and oil build-up on your face that can result in clogged pores and acne. Gently massage your face with the face wash, focusing on the areas where you get acne breakouts.
While buying a face wash, look for the one that has potent and natural antibacterial ingredients in it, e.g. - Neem, Basil, and Aloe Vera.
If you want to create your own all-natural and easy powder face cleanser, here are the ingredients you would need:
- 3 tablespoons of Multani Mitti (Fuller's Earth)
- 3 tablespoons of Besan (Chickpeas Flour)
- 1 tablespoon of Neem Powder (It can easily be purchased from market)
- A pinch of Turmeric.
Here is how to use it -
- Mix all the ingredients together.
- Wet your face and palm with water.
- Take the above-mentioned mixture on your palm and put a few drops of rose water on it to make a thick paste.
- Gently massage it on your face using circular motions. You can leave it on as a face pack for a couple of minutes and then rinse it off with water.
This DIY powder cleanser can be stored in a jar for days!
You should also make sure to use an exfoliator and pamper your skin with a clay based mask at least twice a week to get your acne problem in control. Clay based masks are very beneficial for acne prone skin as they detoxify the skin by extracting all the impurities present deep within your facial pores that may cause acne.
You may also want to read: Why Facial Exfoliation Is Necessary
2. Don't Touch Your Face Too Often
Touching your face frequently can trigger acne breakouts. Our hands come in contact with lots of bacteria that may get transferred to our face and lead to acne. Always try to keep your hands clean and sanitized if you have a habit of resting your face on your hands.
3. Resist The Urge To Pop Active Acne
Popping acne can most likely leave a permanent scar or discoloration on your face! When you pop your acne, the bacteria filled under it can release and seep into the surrounding facial pores, resulting in acne breakouts over there as well.
Let your acne heal on their own or use a spot treatment to banish them faster!
4. Follow A Healthy Diet
“I tell my patients that what they put in their mouths is as important as the products they apply on their skin.” says Dr. Jessica Wu, a top dermatologist based in LA. She recommends eating protein-rich foods as protein contains amino acids that increase the production of collagen which is a very essential element for the skin.
Some of the best food for acne prone skin are:
- Leafy Vegetables
- Chia Seeds
If you want to know more about the link between your diet and your skin's health, you should check out our post about Best Foods For Skin.
5. Don't Skimp On Moisturizer
Moisturizer helps your skin to keep looking at its best by nourishing it and adding a subtle glow. Even if you have oily skin type, you still need to moisturize your face to nurture your skin cells and keep your skin hydrated for long!
Always apply a good layer of moisturizer right after washing your face. For acne prone skin, we recommend using moisturizers that contain natural extracts and are free of comedogenic ingredients as well as parabens. DeBelle Skin Moisturizer in Green Tea Infusion variant comes with the anti-inflammatory benefits of green tea extract. It soothes your skin and leaves you with a firm, rejuvenated skin!
6. Try Not To Wear Heavy Base Makeup
Heavy base products such as foundations, concealers, and powders, etc, can block your facial pores and not allow them to breathe. Hence, you should try to avoid applying heavy base makeup on a daily basis. If you want to have an even-toned and naturally radiant complexion, focus on your skincare routine so that you won't need makeup to make your skin appear better!
Those who are fond of wearing makeup should remember to keep the makeup brushes clean since they accumulate germs over time. Also, try not to share your makeup products with other people and sanitize them after each use.
7. Include Tea Tree Oil In Your Skincare Routine
Tea Tree Oil is antibacterial in nature so it helps to prevent breakouts and treat the pre-existing ones. You can use it as a spot treatment for your acne or mix it with the skincare products that you use. Since it is a potent essential oil, you need to mix it up with a carrier oil e.g. grapeseed oil before putting it on your face!
Make a mixture of tea tree oil + any carrier oil of your choice and apply it to your acne using a Q-tip.
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8. Avoid Consuming Dairy Products
“Blame the hormones in dairy“ tells Dr.Frank Lipman to Yahoo News. “Dairy causes spikes in certain pimple-producing hormones,” he further elaborates. “I encourage patients to have almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk, or hemp milk instead of cow’s milk”.
Cows nowadays are injected with hormones to produce milk in larger quantities. The by-products of such cows cause these hormones to react otherwise in humans, leading to breakouts and acne. If experimenting with these important skincare tips doesn't work out for you, you should definitely try going on a dairy-free diet to see if it helps you!
9. Change Your Pillowcases Often
Pillowcase can gather germs, sweat, and residue from your hair over the time which can later stick to your facial skin and cause acne breakouts. Change your pillowcase once in every 10 days to keep it free from all those acne causing culprits!
10. Clean Your Phone Screen
Just like your pillowcases, phone screens can also accrue dirt, sweat, oil, etc. Use a micro-fibre cloth or wet wipes to clean your phone’s screen regularly. Plug-in your earphones or headphones when you are on a call so that you don’t have to put the phone up to your ear!
11. Reduce The Intake Of Sugar In Your Diet
Sugar spikes the level of insulin in your body which then provokes a release of androgens. An excess amount of androgens in your body makes your skin produce too much sebum that ends up clogging the facial pores and results in acne or blackheads. Don’t eliminate sugar from your diet completely, instead, consume complex carbohydrates like brown rice and veggies which get broken down into glucose at a slower rate (therefore, they don't cause the spike in insulin).
Furthermore, you should avoid other high glycemic index foods like sodas, snacks made with refined flour, pasta, etc, to reduce the chances of diet-lead acne breakouts.
Don’t fret because of your acne and try these basic skincare tips as well as some lifestyle changes that will definitely show you improvements in your skin's condition!