If you have cystic acne, you’re not alone. Currently effecting nearly 40 to 50 million Americans, acne is a condition that at least 85% of people will experience at some point in their life. By their teenage years, more than 40% of young adults have already experienced acne, back acne, and/or acne scars. It can seem like the best skin care routines are few and far between, but the truth is that there are simple ways for you to avoid additional breakouts. Small changes to your routines can make a big difference when it comes to your skin. Try these easy tricks today, and you’ll be sure to see an improvement in your skin.
Wash your pillowcases – If you’ve been experiencing stubborn breakouts, even if you diligently wash your face, it could be your pillowcase. When you sleep on the same pillowcase for more than a few nights, you leave behind all of the oils and dirt that your face has gathered for all those days. This debris can re-enter your pores at night, and can lead to additional breakouts. Make sure you wash your pillowcase a couple times a week, so you can rest easy knowing there’s a safe place for your skin to rest.
Wash your makeup brushes – When you use the same tools to apply makeup day after day, they get clogged up with the products, and also additional oils from your face. Make sure that you wash your makeup brushes regularly, using a gentle brush cleaner, or a makeup-removing face wash. Let them air dry and repeat every couple of days. Not only will you notice a decrease in your skin’s breakouts, but you’ll also see a more even makeup application with a cleaner, softer brush.
Wash your glasses – Some people don’t notice that their glasses can be covered in makeup, oil, and dirt. Specifically around the bridge of the nose and where the lenses rest near the cheeks, you could experience breakouts from clogged pores and oily buildups. Make sure that you regularly clean the frames of your glasses, so to reduce the extra exposure to contamination, and prevent irritation to existing cystic acne.
If it seems like you’ve tried everything, over-the-counter and behavioral changes included, pay your dermatologist a visit, and find out what the best path of care will be for you.