Caring for your skin: acne, scars, and how to avoid them
We’ve all been there – a sudden breakout before a big event, or a string of “bad skin days.” Sometimes it just seems like our skin never wants to cooperate with us.
And there are so many factors that can impact our skin, that it can be challenging to keep them all in order. But that’s why we are here to help. Acne is a life long condition that needs to be treated regularly through healthy diets and skincare routines. But we get it, life happens and sometimes you can’t always take the best care of your skin.
So here’s our top tips:
1. Self-care days
It can be so difficult to take time off a busy schedule, but your body (and productivity) will thank you. Take a day, or half a day, to relax and treat your body to some much needed rest. Because skin is so impacted by stress levels, dedicated time to managing your stress can help reduce breakouts.
2. Stay hydrated
What’s your go-to fuel when you’re stressed? It’s probably caffeine, but the issue with that is it dehydrates your body, which can lead to your skin producing more oil and therefore causing more breakouts. Skip the chain affect and keep your body hydrated to keep your skin healthy.
3. NEVER sleep with makeup on
You know when you’re finally in a comfortable position in bed, and you realize you still haven’t washed off your makeup? It can take discipline to get up and wash off your makeup, but you need to. Your body uses it’s sleep time to renew your skin and becomes very absorbent, meaning your pores absorb whatever is on your skin –whether that’s yesterdays foundation or a night serum to help with scarring.
So much of skincare is reverse damage that we’ve caused to our skin, but it’s also important to remember to protect it against the elements. A non-clogging sunblock will prevent further scarring and keep your skin from sun damage.
Things to Avoid:
1. Sugary foods
Your body is connected and consuming foods that are high in artificial flavouring and sugar will wreak havoc on your skin. Skin care products can only do so much, if you are not actually taking care of your body.
2. Spin brushes and abrasive exfoliants
Other tips to be mindful of when you have acne prone skin is how often you’re exfoliating. It’s crucial for those with acne prone skin to use exfoliation not just to prevent breakouts, but also to help reduce scarring. Anything that is abrasive will damage your skin further, and cause irritation that will lead to more breakouts.
3. Touching your skin
It can be difficult to avoid touching your skin, but you are transferring bacteria every time you do. Do your skin a favour and keep your fingers away from it.
Other tips to be mindful of when you have acne prone skin is how often you’re exfoliating. It’s crucial for those with acne prone skin to use exfoliation not just to prevent breakouts, but also to help reduce scarring. If you’re experiencing regular breakouts, ask yourself what you’re doing to treat your skin? Are your products too harsh? Are you remembering to exfoliate? Does your lifestyle tax your skin?
Remember, your body is a system and when you have acne prone skin you are more sensitive to the elements and it’s important to take precautions in caring for your skin.
The Salima Team