If there’s one thing I hate about my skin, it’s that I’m acne-prone. I have an oily face, too, so it’s a bad combination, really. Aside from it looking not so great, it also messes up with my confidence and beauty. Really, there are days that I don’t want to go out of the house because of my giant acnes. To add insult to injury, I am also a face picker! I pick my face when I’m stressed or anxious. I pick my face when I feel I’m about to grow a pimple. I even pick my face when an acne is about to heal because it means I have dry skin to peel off!
With all these horrible things I do to my face, it’s about time I start treating it right. After all, I’m already in my 20’s, and acnes do not really stop growing when you turn 20. Your 20’s is also a great time to start smearing on those skincare products you see your mom or your titas do. Your 30-year-old self will surely thank you for it.
With all these bad experiences, of course, I also have a list of to-do’s when it comes to prevent acne breakouts. These are all based on my personal experiences and exploration, so results may vary from skin to skin.
1. Drink lots of water.
Like lots of it. You ever hear those beauty gurus or celebrities tell you to drink lots of water to freshen up your skin and all that jazz? All those are true. It’s not a myth that water is good for you. Well, actually, you need it since your body is made of 70-75% water. Thanks, science class!
I know coffee, soda or milkshakes are more tempting but it’s really better if you stick to your water. Aside from having nicer skin, it will replenish your body and give you the hydration you need to function well. So, bottoms up!
2. Sleep well.
We are the generation that “does not have time to sleep” because there is “too much to do”. That or we’d rather party out and sleep at the wee hours of the day. We often take our health for granted, thinking that “lesser sleep but more work” is better than “better sleep quality but lesser output“. We always think time is the enemy, but really, it’s our friend.
Aside from giving us a cranky mood and poor work performance, studies show that lack of sleep can also lead to acne. “When combined with factors such as genetics, a poor diet, a humid climate, pregnancy or menstruation, sleeplessness can trigger the acne even if you normally are not prone to the condition.” So close that laptop and get some Z’s.
3. Change your pillowcase regularly.
This may be an unusual tip but it’s true. Have you ever arrived home from work exhausted with barely any energy to wash your face, much less shower? So you just change your clothes (sometimes not) and land face first on your bed. It may be the most comforting thing you get at the end of the day, but it’s also the most unhygienic.
Overnight, your pillowcase may accumulate grime, dirt, and sweat. Make that into days, weeks, months, or however long you don’t change your sheets and pillow cases, and you may just have the culprit for your never-ending acne spurt.
4. Test different skin care products. But first.. Do your research.
I know how it’s so exhausting to try different kinds of skin care products to find the best one that suits your needs. I know I’ve had several tries already. (Tip: tea tree oil doesn’t really work great for me. In fact, IT MADE MY ACNE BREAKOUT EVEN WORSE.) And you never really know until you try them out, you know? There is no one-size-fits-all acne-treating product so you have to do your own work to come up with the best one for your skin.
In line with this, you can do your research first and maybe find someone with the same problem as yours. Good thing there are so many review sites online to help you out. Just take Reviews.com for example, an online review site that does a comprehensive review of products to ensure quality and unbiased reviews for each product they test. The site includes a wide array of product reviews in various categories including health, technology, lifestyle apps, and the like.
I’m glad I bumped into their Acne Treatment section and saw similar products that I have already personally tried. I can say that Proactiv works for me, considering that I have sensitive skin and my face typically reacts differently from that of others. I haven’t tried any Neutrogena product yet, but I’ve heard good things about the brand.
Don’t just shell out your moolah for an instant acne fix. Make sure you’re spending your money on worthy brands. Check out product reviews, customer feedback, and similar things online. Ask a friend, inquire to a direct seller, etc. It will be more worth it in the end, compared with buying a bunch of skincare products but having unsatisfactory experience because you didn’t review them first.
So there you go! Those are my very practical tips to prevent acne breakouts. What are your personal tips? Comment below and let’s talk about it! Would love to hear your thoughts!
Bae is a 20-something passion blogger from Manila. She likes hoarding hobbies and trying out new stuff, blogging about her mundane adventures, and tweeting about random realizations and musings.