Yes, braces, permed hair, and a face load of acne may all be things that you thought you could leave in your 7th grade yearbook, however acne affects millions of adults every day. If you suffer from acne due to either hormonal imbalances (queue that time of the month), stress, or oily skin, gather in the reigns and start to take control of your skin with these four techniques.
- Wash Your Pillowcases
Think about it: the oil from your hair, last nights drool, and the dirt that accumulate on your skin overnight are all things that rest on your pillow. Night after night, your beautifully clean skin is going to rest in a war-zone filled with germs that are only contributing to your obnoxious breakouts. Change out your pillow-case every 3-5 days in order to avoid further breakouts and make sure that you are washing them in hot water in order to rid them of any germs or bacteria.
- Wash Your Makeup Brushes
If you are anal about washing your face and applying acne ointment, it’s time to look elsewhere for signs of what’s causing you to breakout. Housing bacteria and dirt from application beyond application, makeup brushes are one of the leading culprits of breakouts. You should be washing your makeup brushes once a month with hot water and bar soap or mild shampoo. If you’re not, now’s the time to get started!
- Salicylic Acid
If you’re spending hundreds of dollars on acne combatting facial regimes every few months, look at the main ingredients. Salicylic acid should be one of the key ingredients–if not, consider chucking it. Salicylic acid helps to naturally open up pores, eliminate breakout induced bacteria, and encourage new cell growth to help repair damaged skin.
Yes, this might sound a little bit disgusting and pretty old-fashioned, but toothpaste that contains hydrogen peroxide is the perfect spot treatment for acne. Simply put a drop on your face before you go to bed at night and the hydrogen peroxide will help to clear up the target blemish, leaving you with clearer skin than the night before.
If you’re sick of suffering from adult-set acne, try these 4 tips to help regulate your skin and kiss your 13 year-old self goodbye for good.