7 Skincare Habits For Girls With Acne-Prone Skin

Change your sheets and pillowcases weekly!
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Pimples are one of those annoying things we had to deal with when went through puberty. We thought they'd be gone as we grew older. Adult acne, however, says ~hello~. 

There are a lot of factors to blame: Stress, lack of sleep, diet, and pollution. Acne can be quite the confidence killer, but luckily, with the right habits, you can stop the pimple on its tracks.

Below, we list down the good habits you should keep if you're dealing with pesky pimples:

  1. Incorporate a cleansing balm into your regimen.

    Your facial wash, no matter how good it is, can't rid your face of makeup and dirt on its own. You need to bring in a more heavy-duty product—a cleansing balm. The oil will emulsify upon contact with water, and this compound will help *melt* off deep-seated gunk. Move forward to tip number two.

    Skin Potions Meltaway Marmalade, P299, Lazada

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  2. Use the right cleanser.

    You may think that you can just use any facial wash you see in the store—it will get the job done of cleaning your skin anyway, right? But if you've got acne-prone skin, it's important to buy one that's especially made to soothe and heal breakouts. 

    Anti-acne facial washes are made with pimple-zapping ingredients like tea tree oil, salicylic acid, and apple cider vinegar. These ingredients will help speed up the healing process of your zits.

    COSRX Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser, P540, Lazada

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  3. Exfoliate your face.

    ICYDK, you need to exfoliate your face regularly to get rid of all the dead skin cells and excess sebum that may cause breakouts. This added step in your routine will help you score brighter, glowing skin! Go for an exfoliating toner to refine the pores. Look for products with glycolic, salicylic, lactic, and azelaic acid. 

  4. Apply a spot treatment immediately.

    Once you see a pimple pop up, resist the urge to pop it. (See what we did there?) Picking at it may temporarily fix the problem, but it will only come back worse. It will spread the bacteria and lead to scarring. What you can do instead is to apply a spot treatment on the affected area in the evening and cover it up with a hydrocolloid patch during the day.

    Celeteque DermoScience Acne Solutions Spot Corrector Gel, P169, Lazada

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  5. Change your pillowcases and sheets regularly.

    The wrong skincare products aren't just the main culprits of your acne—they can also be your *dirty* pillowcases and sheets! You may have a ~fancy and expensive~ nighttime regimen, but it's useless if your covers are dirty since there are tons of germs that get accumulated there. A good tip would be to change them every week.

  6. Tweak your diet.

    If your skin is still breaking out despite religiously sticking to your skincare routine and regularly changing your pillowcases, you might want to take a closer look at what you're eating. Try to steer clear of dairy, fast food, and sugar for a month and see if it improves your condition.

  7. Keep your hands off your face.

    Another acne culprit you might not be aware of are your hands! They come into contact with a lot of dirty surfaces throughout the day and by touching your face, you're only transferring the bacteria to your skin. To counteract this, make sure to regularly wash your hands after every activity and keep an alcohol sanitizer with you at all times.

Ed's note: If all else fails, consult a dermatologist and never self-medicate.

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