12 Tips For Dealing With Acne Breakouts - Preventing, Avoiding, and Treating Acne Breakouts

When it comes to acne, it can make us feel self-conscious and inadequate, like there is something wrong with us. Acne can make you feel embarrassed and ashamed, especially when you are having a heavy breakout. So, here are 12 tips for preventing, treating, and avoiding acne breakouts.

1. Wash Your Face Twice A Day

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When we are sleeping, our body heals itself and our pores open, so when we wake up, our skin often looks dull for two reasons: The first is because you absorbed things from the air while you were sleeping, and the second is because your skin cells shed while you sleep. In addition, while the body heals itself, it pushes toxins to the surface of the skin. These toxins and dead skin cells need to be removed in order to brighten up your skin and keep it healthy. Thus, it is important to wash your face in the morning when you wake up, and at night before bed.

"Your skin cells are constantly rejuvenating themselves, but the turnover rate is especially fast while you sleep. Old skin is pushed to the surface by newer cells" (Maria Cassano, 2016, "8 Gross Things Your Body Does In Your Sleep & A Few Things That Can Help", bustle.com).

A good natural and organic face and body cleanser that I recommend is The Lympha Cleanse, which is available through my store here.

2. Avoid Putting Chemicals On Your Face

Harsh chemicals can irritate the skin and cause rashes, so avoid using face washes that aren't natural or organic. You should also avoid face products that contain fragrance, alcohols, and Sodium lauryl sulfate. These ingredients, as well as chemicals in general, can strip the skin and dry it out, causing irritation and redness. Fragrance can also cause eye irritation and headaches for some people, so ingredients like these should be avoided during a breakout because your skin is more vulnerable, fragile, and sensitive.

3. Apply Oil To Your Face At Night

I know a lot of people believe that oil clogs the pores, but your skin needs oil. In fact, your skin contains oil glands. Without oil, your skin will become dry. Some oils are especially very beneficial for acne in particular, such as castor oil. Furthermore, oils also contain antioxidants and vitamins, such as vitamins k and e, so not only do oils moisturize your skin, but they also help it look and feel better. 

The best time to apply oil to your face is at night before bed so that it has hours to work on your skin.

A good natural and organic product that I recommend contains essential oils including clove, rose, olive oil, almond oil, lavender, and myrrh. This product is The Rose Beautifying Cream with Copper Peptides, which is a great astringent and moisturizer. This cream is also available on my store here. You can also try a sample of it here.

4. Opt For A BB Or CC Cream Instead Of Foundation

BB and CC creams tend to be more natural and organic, even ones made by drugstore brands. They contain things like essential oils, olive oil, macadamia oil, as well as other beneficial ingredients for the skin. BB and CC creams are specifically made for people with sensitive skin so they contain safer ingredients. 

The kinds of ingredients that are found in BB and CC creams are: orange essential oil, olive oil, goji berry, vitamin c, vitamin e, ceramides, glycerin, sunflower oil, jojoba, collagen, macadamia oil, rosemary extract, matricaria extract, and citranellol. 

BB and CC creams are much better for the skin, so they are especially helpful during an outbreak. BB and CC creams can help you avoid irritating your skin further, they help prevent redness, and they can help prevent darker scar tissue from developing. 

Foundations tend to have a lot of chemicals in them, and few if any, beneficial skin ingredients. So foundation should be avoided during an outbreak since it can further irritate your acne, and even worsen it.

5. Don't Pop Pimples

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It is tempting to pop pimples since you want to get rid of them as quickly as possible, but this causes scarring. Scarring takes far longer to get rid of than pimples, so it is better to just wait out the outbreak; wait for the pimples to go away as you continue to treat your skin.

6. Avoid Touching Your Face

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Since we are constantly touching things, our hands get very dirty and they carry many germs and bacteria. You may think some of the things you are touching are clean, but they often are not, even when they are in your own home. Simply opening doors and going in and out of your home can bring debris and bacteria into your home. The bacteria that comes in will coat the surfaces of counter tops and objects in your home. 

"It is true that you will not find a surface without bacteria on it...Studies have shown that of the bacteria found in indoor air, the most common four are: Micrococcus, Staphylococcus, Bacillus, and Pseudomonas" ("4 Types of Bacteria Commonly Found in Homes & Businesses", moldbacteria.com).

We must also remember that our clothes get coated with germs, bacteria, and pollution from the outside. This causes our clothes to stink, and since we tend to touch our clothes while we are out, we transfer the bacteria from our clothes to our hands. It is for these reasons, that we should avoid touching our faces, both inside and outside of the home.

7. Exfoliate Regularly

While you are treating your acne breakouts, you will kill some of the bacteria causing the outbreak daily, so you need to remove these dead germs and bacteria from your skin. The way you do this is by exfoliating your skin. 

Exfoliating is important for smoother clearer looking skin, but when having a breakout, you should exfoliate a bit less frequently since it is harsh and abrasive on the skin. Therefore, I recommend exfoliating every other day rather than daily, so as not to dry out your skin too much.

8. Choose Astringent Cleansers Over Oil Cleansers

Oil cleansers are great for removing makeup, but they don't really clean the skin. They will moisturize it and coat it in a layer of oil, but for treating acne, you need a cleanser that will kill germs, bacteria, and prevent further breakouts. So I recommend using an astringent cleanser over an oil cleanser. 

A strong natural and organic astringent that I always use when I have a pimple is called The Natural Herbal Lotion. I mix this with The Lympha Cleanse that I mentioned above, and I massage these two into my face for 2-3 minutes. Then I add more of this mixture to my hands and massage it into my face again for a few more seconds. Then I leave it on my face for about ten minutes, and then I wash it off, and apply a moisturizer. The Natural Herbal Lotion is available here on my store for only $12.99 if you want to give it a try it.

9. Don't Share Face Products With Others

The kind of face products that you shouldn't share with others are: face, hand, and wash clothes, rags, and towels; puffs, makeup brushes, and beauty blenders; cosmetics and skincare products that are in a jar that you have to put your finger in to use. 

10. Don't Put Your Face Next To Other People's Faces; Avoid Letting Others Use Your Pillows

When it comes to family, it is of course fine to hug and be affectionate, but be careful putting your face next to other people's faces because acne is contagious. After all, acne is an infection in the body; it is a colony of bacteria in the skin, so it can be shared and transferred by physical contact. This is why couples and family members tend to have acne in similar places, as well as the same kind of acne. 

Consider Rosacea for a moment. Rosacea tends to run in families, and it is generally in the same places on their body and faces. One of the reasons why this happens is because of close physical contact between family members. In addition, the bacteria that can cause Rosacea is all over the house, clothes, and bodies of those with it, and the parasites is shed through the skin cells daily.

So to avoid breakouts, you should avoid direct skin-to-skin contact with others you don't know well, or who are not directly related to you.

11. Wash Pillowcases and Bedding Regularly; Avoid Sharing Your Bed With Others

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Bedding needs to be washed regularly. Our skin cells and everything else in them such as pollutants and toxins, get in our beds when we sleep because our pores open us and our skin cells shed heavily during this time. So getting in other people's beds means sharing whatever has been excreted from their bodies through their pores and skin. Furthermore, parasites on our skin have babies and lay eggs on it, which fall off of us all the time as our skin renews itself. This means that the parasites causing other people's acne is also in their bedding, and can transfer to you through contact with their sheets and bed.

12. Don't Put Your Face Next To A Beard

Beards are very contaminated. In a recent study, men's beards were found to be more contaminated than dogs. Beards can contain fecal matter, bugs, and more germs and bacteria than is even found on dogs.

"The beards covering men's faces hide significantly higher amounts of bacteria than found on dogs, a recent study suggests. The research, published in February in the peer-reviewed journal European Radiology, compared bacteria samples from 18 hairy men with those from 30 dogs, including border collies, dachshunds and German shepherds. The conclusion? On the basis of these findings, dogs can be considered as 'clean' compared with bearded men, the Switzerland-based researchers noted. Twenty-three of the 30 dogs showed high microbial counts; all 18 of the bearded men did. Disease-causing bacteria showed up more frequently on the beards, too, including bugs causing urinary tract infections" (Josh Hafner, 2019, "Are beards dirtier than dogs? 'Significantly' more germs hide in men's beards, study finds", USA Today).

Since beards contain so much bacteria, they can cause breakouts and even cause infections, so close direct contact with them should be avoided if you are concerned about the health of your skin.

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