How to Prevent Sneaky Breakouts


Breakouts creep up on us when we don’t want them to. And while we can get pretty crafty covering them up, there are multiple ways to limit them from the start. Read on for what can cause breakouts and how to keep them from happening in the first place.

How Breakouts Start

Breakouts typically start when dead skin cells, dirt, oil, and bacteria clog our pores and forms a pimple. So making sure your pores stay clear of any and all debris is the first defense against breakouts. Wash your face both in the morning and at night thoroughly. You may also want to use a toner to cleanse even further afterwards.  

Where the Dirt Lies

Dirt, dust, and bacteria, and oils are everywhere, even your own hands. It is very important to keep any and all places we come in contact with clean, especially surfaces that directly touch our faces.

What to Do

Avoid touching your face throughout the day; the oil and dirt on your hands and fingers can clog your pores. When applying moisturizer, sunscreen, and makeup, wash your hands first. Make sure to clean cell phone surfaces of any dirt and grease often, as well as your pillowcases. Also make sure to consistently clean and change out anything else that touches your face, like cleansing devices, washcloths, makeup brushes, and sponges.

Of course, not all breakouts come from bacteria some of the causes are hormonal or stress-related. In this case, more serious treatment is needed and you should consider seeing a dermatologist.

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