Here are my top five tips to improve breakouts when they occur and all the things that I do when my skin is going through a tricky phase. Everyones skin is unique and different products will work for different people but I have tried to make these tips ones that everyone can follow and hopefully find helpful!
1. USE A SPOT TREATMENT!
If you don’t already have a favourite spot treatment, try and find one that works for you and your skin. My personal favourites are the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion and good old Sudocrem. The Kate Somerville, Indie Lee and Murad spot treatments are also meant to work really well. I love that you can use spot treatments to target the specific area rather than treat your whole face. After all, we might have a chin that’s freaking out but the rest of our face may be pretty normal. I find that, depending on the blemish, I often apply these the moment I feel a breakout before bed and then, the next morning, it is a lot less noticeable, if not disappeared.
2. MAKE SURE YOU ARE FOLLOWING YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE BUT DON’T OVER EXFOLIATE!
When your skin is going through a troublesome phase, it’s vital that you are staying true to your skincare routine, cleansing thoroughly and definitely not sleeping in your makeup! However, in times of skin crisis, it is far too tempting to opt for the harshest exfoliator you can find and try and scrub the blemish away. This can aggravate your skin and make the blemish more red and sore, it also doesn’t give it the time to heal and actually increases the length of time it takes to disappear. If you feel you need to exfoliate, try and opt for a more gentle option. Or you could even just use a muslin cloth, like this trusty Liz Earle one, to take off your cleanser and give a gentle exfoliation.
3. TRY NOT TO PICK YOUR SKIN APART!
Now this step is most definitely easier said then done but I have a golden rule that I try my best to follow… I really try not to touch my blemishes, but if I do then I always ensure that it is ready and not just going to be made sore and angry! Also, it is better for your skin if you try and open the pores slightly first, a quick and easy way to do this is by getting a hot flannel and just placing it over your skin for a little while before you touch it. Like I said, this one is tricky to follow but try and think of the possible scarring and damage it can cause to your skin and then hopefully that will change your mind!
4. USE A FACE MASK!
I love using face masks when my skin is breaking out. There are so many now that can target specific skin concerns. I love using sheet masks that are calming and soothing on the skin to really cool my skin down and soothe any blemishes. You can also multi mask, so that way you are treating each area of skin specifically and effectively, as well as ensuring you are giving your blemishes the TLC they need! (Check out some of my favourite products to do this here!)
5. CHILL OUT… IT’S NORMAL!
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my days when I wake up and feel horrible because my skin has broken out and to be honest, if my skin is not looking its best, it impacts on how I feel. However, it is best not to freak out, it’s perfectly normal for your skin to breakout and pretty much everyone goes through it! There are so many reasons as to why blemishes can occur… it could be hormonal, your skin telling you that you need to switch up your diet, due to stress, etc. The important thing is that you listen to your skin, try and treat it in the way that is best for you and finally, don’t get down about it… we’re only human and it always gives a good excuse to treat yourself to a facial!
I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post and find my tips helpful!
Hope to see you back soon,