Hello hello! So, if you follow me on Instagram and saw my post a few days ago I touched on stress and how my skin reacts to it, which is by breaking out. Now, stress can definitely be the reason your skin is breaking out and in turn causing you more stress, but there could be other factors that are causing you to experience an acne flareup…
1. Sanitize Your Phone
If you are experiencing breakouts along your jawline or around your cheeks it could be from your phone! Just think about how many things we touch throughout and day and then how many times we touch our phones. All of that bacteria is being transferred to your phone and then ultimately transferred to your face when you talk on the phone. Grab a Clorox wipe and wipe that phone down! Top to bottom and front to back! If you don’t already have them at your house, grab them the next time you go grocery shopping and wipe down your phone as often as you’d like!
2. Clean Your Brushes
First off, check out my post all about my holy grail makeup brushes if you are in the market for some good brushes. Second, clean those brushes girl! If you know me, you know that I don’t clean my brushes enough, so this tip is more of a “do as I say, not as I do,” kind of thing. It is important to regularly clean your brushes so that there isn’t lingering makeup residue on them, especially if you use those brushes while you were breaking out, because that bacteria can still be on there and cause you to break out more! Yikes! Also, when you have clean makeup brushes, I notice that my makeup application is more seamless and smooth, so it’s really a win, win!
3. Clean Your Pillowcases/Towels
Wash those sheets, pillowcases and towels!! I absolutely love the feeling of sleeping in a bed with freshly cleaned sheets, and cleaning your sheets regularly helps to prevent acne. It is equally important to regularly clean your towels, both body and face towels. At night and in the morning, when we clean our face and then pat our face dry, we are transferring product to our towels, whether that be the oils from our face, makeup, a face mask or face wash. So, clean those pillowcases, sheets, and towels regularly like you would any other laundry and you’ll face and body will thank you!
4. Wash Your Hair
Okay, so again if you know me, you know that I wash my hair about 2 times a week. I was blessed with hair that doesn’t get super oily super quickly, so I can really extend the life of my hair. With that being said, I can usually tell when it is time to wash my hair by the texture I start getting around my hairline and jawline. When my hair is producing oil and then it touches my face, my face tends to react in tiny bumps. When I am going on day 3 or day 4 hair, I typically wear it up, because a.) It can look a little greasy down, and b.) I’m trying to prevent those breakouts!
5. Get Rid of Old Products!
So sometimes you don’t realize that old products are causing you to breakout until you part with them and then your skin clears. I was using an expired hair product for a while and kept experiencing breakouts and I couldn’t figure out why, until I ditched the leave-in hair conditioner and boom! my skin thanked me by going back to normal. With that being said, I like to go through my makeup or hair products once I notice a breakout happening because chances are that those products are the culprit!
6. Stop Touching Your Face!
So this one is pretty obvious. We have bacteria or oils on our hands and then we are constantly touching our faces and picking at pimples and then we wake up with new pimples! AH! Been there, done that. I know it can be so hard to not touch your face or your hair, but try to make a conscious effort to do so and you will be so much happier. I notice that I play with my hair quite often and then I get the oils from my hair on my hand and then rest my hand on my face and I bet you can guess what happens next… so, just try your hardest not to touch your face!
If you experience acne, I hope that you found this helpful and maybe learned a new way to prevent breakouts from happening, OR you learned a reason why your face might be experiencing a breakout!
Catch you all on Wednesday!