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Tips for reducing acne


Hello Lovelies,

As someone who has suffered from acne for almost a decade, I’ve developed quite a few habits that really keep my skin clear. And while using these tips won’t guarantee you spot free skin, it will really reduce the number of blemishes you get. And I’m sure you’ve all heard these a couple of times, but sometimes hearing them again reignites you to build some of these better habits!

  1. Deep clean your makeup brushes, especially you foundation, powder, concealer, blush and bronzer brushes every week, and spot clean them with rubbing alcohol after every use. This cuts down on any bacteria on your brushes which can then be deposited back onto your skin creating clogged pores and blemishes.
  2. Every week or so spritz your face powder products with rubbing alcohol, especially the powder you keep in your handbag for blotting. For the same reason as above, if your products aren’t clean then you’re just redistributing germs and bacteria again and again from your powder to your brush and then onto your face. Not a good situation!
  3. Switch your pillowcases every week. This is really important if you use a lot of hair product or if you’re an athlete because the residue from your hairspray, gel, mousse, pomade, or sweat from your workouts can transfer from your hair to your pillow and then back into your pores. And while sleeping with your makeup, something meant to be applied to your facial skin, can cause clogged pores, imagine how clogged your pores will be from something that was made to keep your hair stiff and upright!
  4. Keep you phone clean, or better yet use speakerphone whenever possible. This is an important tip if you work in an office or find yourself on the phone a lot. Because when your phone is pressed up against your face, your phone is taking some of the makeup and bacteria from your face, and then when you go and pick up your phone again, those same germs are being passed back into your pores.
  5. Don’t rest your head on your hand ( or touch your face too often). This is a useful tip for students, I know I did this all the time, especially at the end of a school day when you’re super tired and the only thing keeping you up is that hand on your chin. Only problem with this though is that your hands touch everything: door handles, desks, pencils, faucets, chairs, etc. And all those germs are then being pressed up against your skin. Also even if you wash your hands frequently throughout the day, there is still the dirt under your nails, so just be aware of how often you’re touching your face.
  6. Drink plenty of water, and last but not least, the seemingly easiest, but most forgotten tip of them all! Now I know for just about every problem you have (lack of energy, migraines, skin health, etc) drinking more water is always a possible solution. But its for a reason! In this case, drinking a lot of water helps keep your skin hydrated from the inside out, which can help against dehydration of the skin which can then cause clogged pores as your skin produces more oil to overcompensate for the dryness. It also helps flush out all the toxins and nasty stuff on and under your skin that can lead to clogged pores.

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and I really hope I didn’t make you a germaphobe in the process! I just know that some of these tips would have been really helpful early on in my acne struggles. Let me know if you already use some of these tips or if you have any other ones to add to the list! I’d love to know! Until next time . . .

real veronica

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