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It is often said that cleanliness is close to godliness. Being clean demonstrates control. A clean person is in control of their anxiety, their hormones, and the amount of physical exertion they use. Acne, breakouts and inflammation are often seen as a personal failure, a lack of the ability to keep things manageable.
Although we know breakouts can come independently of dirt and debris, clogged pores are a common cause of acne. That’s why it’s important to make sure your skin is clean. Even if you can’t control your hormones, you can control the amount of dirt that lingers in your pores. Here are some tips on achieving really clean skin.
Use A Face Wash Twice A Day
Pick a cleanser based on your skin type. Make sure to get something that really cleans dirt and gets rid of germs and excess oils without stripping natural oils from your skin. Also, be sure to give your face an extra cleansing after exercising to free your pores of accumulated sweat. After washing, remember to pay dry with a clean towel.
Toners can be especially helpful for acne prone skin. While not a necessary step in skin care, using toners help remove dead skin and excess oils from plugged pores while adding ingredients like antioxidants and retinoids to your skincare routine. Apply the toner, paying special attention to the T-zone using a clean cotton pad. As with cleansers, make sure to use the toner best suited to your skin type. Certain exfoliating formulations work better for those with acne-prone skin, while others have anti-inflammatory properties for more sensitive skin types.
Keep Your Hands Off Your Face
Touching your face is one of the easiest ways of spreading bacteria.If you must touch your face to apply cosmetics, wash your hands first. Resist leaning your face against your phone, or other items which can collect skin residue and sebum, an oily substance secreted by the skin glands.
Use Makeup Formulated for Your Skin Type
If cleanliness is your goal, look for cosmetics labelled “noncomedogenic.” This means they will not clog pores and may help prevent breakouts. Make sure to toss old makeup products by their expiration date. Using them may do more harm than good when it comes to keeping pores clean.
A hydrated body means a clean body. Try to drink at least eight glasses a day to maintain skin health and cleanliness.
Whether at home or at the salon, applying facials is a good way to remove excess oil from skin. Look for ones suited for your skin type.
Exfoliation is a key step in opening up clogged pores. A good exfoliation can increase blood circulation in your face and give you a healthy glow.
Treat Your Pimples
Although there is much satisfaction to be gotten out of a well-popped pimples, it is not the ideal way of dealing with them. Always begin pimple treatment by washing hands to prevent infection. Applying a cold wet cloth or teabag to the spot for three to five minutes at regular intervals during the day can help lesson irritation and using a spot treatment with 1 or 2% salicylic acid can be gentler than a product containing benzoyl peroxide.
How do you keep your skin clean and under control? Let us know how you keep your skin dirt and oil-free.