20 Tips for Clear Skin

  1. Never keep your makeup on overnight, try to always take your cleansing wipes with you, consider buying a packet that can stay in your bathroom and then another to carry around with you as you never know when something will come up and you’re not able to go home to grab all your necessities.
  2. Try really hard to avoid picking and touching your pimples, your hands carry so much oil and dirt so when you start touching and picking your pimples you are risking causing various types of infections and scarring.
  3. Stay Hydrated! When your dehydrated, the skin starts to overcompensate and will start to produce excessive amounts of oil when your skin starts to dry out, which causes breakouts.
  4. Avoid popping pimples with your fingers, make sure you sterilize your hands as well as a small needle with rubbing alcohol and carefully puncture the whitehead of the pimple, then using a clean cotton ball or tissue press on either side of the pimple until it is drained. Then cover it with a bandage – I usually cut the sticky ends off a band aid leaving enough to be able to stick to the surface of my face – this stops excessive bleeding which can cause unsightly scabs and protects the pimple while it’s healing. The white puss inside your pimples is what causes more, so when you pop pimples with your fingers and then touch elsewhere on your face or body, you are spreading this bacterium effectively causing more pimples.
  5. Excessive sweating can also cause breakouts, showering when you notice that you are sweating excessively will help prevent your pores from clogging. Having facial cleansing wipes and a bottle of moisturizer in your bag is always a good idea for when you’re at work, university or even out and about and are unable to have a shower.
  6. Apply moisturizer and cleansing products with a clean cotton ball or tissue to avoid spreading the germs and bacteria from your hands to your face.
  7. Carrying around moisturizer is a must if you have dry skin
  8. As much as we don’t want to admit it, chocolate DOES cause pimples… In fact, anything with a high sugar content will cause pimples. This includes;
  • Soft drinks and iced teas
  • Orange Juice and Apple Juice
  • Chocolate and Lollies
  • Dried Fruit
  • Cookies, cakes and pies
  • Jams and chocolate spreads
  • Sugary Cereals and Cereals containing honey
  • Canned Fruit
  • Sauces and Instant Gravies
  • Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt and Milk Shakes
  1. Avoid skin care products with fragrances as these can cause irritation, redness and allergic reactions – I always opt for natural products!
  2. Adding coconut oil into your diet by replacing your normal oils (Canola, corn and all-purpose vegetable oils) when cooking will help to clear and moisturize your skin, you can also apply coconut oil directly onto your face and body to achieve the same effect in a shorter amount of time.
  3. If you have trouble remembering to wash your face in the morning and evening set reminders on your phone, after a few weeks of constantly being reminded it will become second nature.
  4. Regularly clean your glasses and sunglasses with rubbing alcohol to kill unwanted bacteria that could transfer onto your face while you wear them.
  5. Your hair has an excess of natural oils in it that helps keep it healthy, but this can be harmful for your skin. When you wear your hair down and it falls over your face this can transfer these oils onto your skin, it’s also a good idea to try not to play with your hair and then touch your face – I have such a bad habit of doing this.
  6. If you wear makeup, clean your makeup brushes regularly to avoid spreading germs and bacteria onto your face each time you apply makeup.
  7. It’s always a good idea to try to let your skin breath by not wearing makeup for a few days at the least, makeup clogs your pores and causes pimples each time you put it on.

Read my article on “Why I choose not to wear makeup”

  1. Never apply makeup after a hot shower, steam and hot water will open your pores and when you apply makeup after a hot shower your pores will immediately clog up with makeup causing breakouts. Wash your face with cold water before applying makeup.
  2. Use a separate towel to wash your face and try not to use towels that have been used to dry yourself or your hands to avoid the transfer of bacteria.
  3. Honey can be used to reduce the size and redness of pimples, simply dab a small amount on a problem pimple and leave it overnight.
  4. Bio Oil has been independently tested and proven to be non-comedogenic, which means that it will not cause acne or spots by blocking pores and will help in reducing existing acne scars and scabs.
  5. Apple Cider vinegar is known to help with acne, you can consume a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or apply it to your face with a cotton ball or tissue – it will sting when it is applied so wash it off when it gets too uncomfortable for you.

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