Acne. A word encapsulating the essence of, for a lot of people, growing up. Unfortunately, acne doesn’t perish with age, accelerating the frustrating nature of trying to make it disappear. Hormones, diet, poor hygiene, stress, or an underlying issue with an internal organ are all ostensible factors that can trigger breakouts. However, there is no need to stress! There are many simple ways to combat breakouts, and ultimately, prevent acne altogether. But before you race to your bathroom mirror and begin investigating, it’s essential to note that not all forms of acne can be cured by simply giving up bad habits. Pop into Baggas and consult with one of our accommodating beauty therapists to determine the best form of skin treatment for you. But before that, read on for a breakdown of what might be behind that breakout – and a few of our favourite ways to tackle these issues and get your skin to ultimately look and feel its best.
Wash your face daily
The first and foremost rule isn’t a ground-breaking revelation: simply remember to cleanse your face with the most beneficial products for your skin, daily! As all skin types are uniquely different, buying a generic acne wash wont necessarily do the trick. If your skin tends to appear oily, opt for products with salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or glycolic acid. On the other hand, for sensitive skin, choose products with lactic acid or hydrating ingredients such as glycerine. Exfoliating 1-2 times a week and moisturising daily to properly hydrate the skin are also essential rituals, to deliver a radiant glow to your skin. If you’re unsure about what specific products to use, come instore and chat with one of our friendly beauty therapists to determine the most beneficial products sold at Baggas for your skin, such as the brands La Roche Posay and Dermalogica.
Regularly change your face towel and pillowcases
Would you continually use a dinner napkin repeatedly, over the time span of two weeks? Consistently reaching for your go-to face towel and utilising unwashed sheets and pillowcases can lead to cross contamination, introducing new bacteria to your skin which in turn, leads to breakouts. By opting for a new face towel every time you cleanse your face and washing your bedding typically once a week to prevent bacteria from building up and affecting your complexion, you will potentially avoid nasty bacteria from creating acne upon the skin. Cleaner sheets also aid with better sleep, leading to dreams about that flawless skin you’re working to achieve!
You’ve heard it all before, but excessive exposure to the sun can trigger breakouts and eventually lead to wrinkles and skin cancer in the long-term. As such, sunscreen is vital for the wellbeing and protection of your skin, effectively tackling the latter damage upon your face. However, some types of sunscreen can lead to the clogging of pores, causing pimples to appear on the surface of the skin. When purchasing sunscreen, opt for oil-free and non-comedogenic formulas that won’t block your pores. Options like La Roche Posay Anthelios Range not only offer sun protection, but in turn, hydrate the skin so you can receive your dose of SPF without having sensitivity or blocked pores. Imagine all the favours you’ll be doing for your skin!
Your skin is, in most cases, a visible indicator of your health. A poor diet, such as foods like dairy, processed foods, refined carbohydrates, excessive fat consumption, a diet high in animal protein and overly sweetened foods such as chocolate can aggravate acne. If this has caused you to suddenly panic about what foods to incorporate into your diet, don’t fret! There are plenty of nutritious foods to eat that will support the overall health of your body, which in the long-run will provide you with smooth, radiant skin. It’s a win-win situation! Green-coloured vegetables and other brightly coloured fruits are rich in antioxidants and nutrients, preventing inflammation and further improving overall skin quality. So too, don’t forget to drink the standard 8 glasses of water per day, as water has a significant impact on your skin through its hydrating qualities. To add a little flavour, try a skin-soothing tea such as chamomile or mint. It’ll work wonders!