An overarching, often missing piece of acne advice is that anything you can do to avoid aggravating your skin is going to help minimize breakouts and their redness. This also includes not disrupting skin's microbiome, as this plays an unseen role in controlling one of the big triggers of acne.
- Cast out skincare and makeup products that contain high amounts of alcohol
Alcohol is a common ingredient in cosmetics geared toward acne-prone skin, and while it may seem as though it’s drying out a pimple, it actually triggers more oiliness! Skin's response to the aggravating toll alcohol takes can make breakouts and redness worse.
- Avoid thick or solid makeup products
Avoid sticky or creamy compact foundations. The types of ingredients that help keep these products in a solid or semi-solid form (often waxes) are iffy for those with breakout-prone skin. Avoid heavy moisturizers as well, instead, look for lightweight gels or sheer lotions.
- Remove makeup before going to bed
No matter how tired you are, sleeping with makeup on can lead to clogged pores, not to mention cause red, puffy-looking eyes. If you wear heavy makeup, consider pairing your cleanser with a gentle makeup remover and follow up with a soothing toner to ensure last traces of makeup are gone while replenishing skin at the same time.
- Do not over cleanse
Clean skin is a good thing, but over-washing is not—it can actually aggravate acne-prone skin even more.
- Stay away from scrubs and loofahs or rough cleansing brushes
Keep in mind that traces of the products you use to style your hair will also end up on your skin. That means if you have acne-prone skin, you should avoid thick, waxy styling products, or too much hairspray/mousse as they can clog pores and lead to breakouts along the hairline.
- Protect yourself from the sun.
You might have heard that some amount of unprotected sun exposure can “clear up” breakouts, but in reality it leads to sun damage. This damage weakens skin, which negatively impacts acne. No matter what skin type you have SPF is a mandate, because when used as directed with other sun protection measures, it decreases the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by sun.
- Avoid Silicones
Silicones are often found in products like primers, sunscreens and many more. Many people think that silicones help create a silky soft texture on your skin but it actually causes flare-ups. Products containing silicones layer on your face and can clog your pores over time. This leads to your occasional breakouts and acne.
Many products contain fragrance to mask the unpleasant smell of some ingredients or to make the product smell good. The downside is that fragrances are irritating to sensitive skin.
Is best to choose products without fragrances but not all fragrances cause acne. You need to identify fragrances that cause acne and avoid using them altogether.
- Keep your hands off your face
Avoid touching your face or propping your cheek or chin on your hands. Not only can you spread bacteria, you can also irritate the already inflamed facial skin. Never pick or pop pimples with your fingers, as it can lead to infection and scarring. Always remember to touch your face with clean hands.