#15 Don’t Pop Pimples
Popping a zit could push infected material even further into your skin. This leads to scarring, redness and swelling.
#14 Use Speakerphone
Try to avoid putting objects that collect dirt, oil, and skin residue—like your phone!—directly to your face.
#13 Don’t Overwash
Don’t wash your face more than twice a day. Your skin could become dried out and irritated, and it requires some of your natural oils for maximum health.
#12 Don’t Scrub
Again, scrubbing can lead to irritation. Use gentle, circular motions. No matter how hard you scrub, that zit won’t disappear!
#11 Use the Right Lotion
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends a lotion containing benzoyl peroxide to decrease oil and bacteria.
#10 Clean Your Accessories
Your glasses, sunglasses, or nose ring could be littered with bacteria. Clean them frequently to avoid breakouts.
#9 Avoid Headwear
Have pimples on your forehead? Ditch that headband or hat—they collect oil and deposit it on your face.
#8 Sleep Clean
Take off your makeup before you go to bed. Also, try to buy makeups that say “noncomedogenic” or “nonacnegenic” on the label.
#7 Rinse and Repeat
Keep your hair clean and style it away from your face. You don’t want the oil that occurs naturally in your hair to be in your pores!
#6 Avoid Sun Damage
Use suntan lotion with a high SPF for your face. A tan or sunburn will worsen your acne—even if you think it’s masking the blemishes.
#5 Eat Well
We suggest foods high in omega-3 fatty acids—such as salmon, walnuts, or soy beans. These will help reduce inflammation.
#4 Use Vitamin E
You can take a supplement in pill-form or apply a liquid variety directly to your face. Be patient—it may take a few weeks to see results.
#3 Do Your Laundry
Wash your pillow cases and sheets often—once a week, if possible. Your face spends a third of its life resting on a pillow, so make sure it’s a clean one!
#2 Stay Hydrated
Drinking water often—doctors recommend at least 2 liters a day—should start to give your skin noticeable benefits within a week.
#1 See an Expert
If you just can’t seem to get rid of your blemishes, it’s probably time to see a dermatologist. Think of it as an investment in your health and beauty—it’s sure to pay off!