Pimples are the ultimate uninvited guest. They seem to show up on your face at the most inconvenient time—like right before your hot date or that big presentation you have to give at work. Really though, there’s no convenient time for a breakout. So, with this in mind, let’s look at how to stop pimples from getting in the way of your life for good.

1. Reduce or eliminate sugar

While sugar itself doesn’t cause your pimples, the way your body responds to it can. Sugar causes your insulin levels to spike which results in a burst of inflammation. It is the inflammation that can lead to breakouts in the skin. Also, insulin spikes increase the production of skin oils and contribute to clogging follicles. So cutting sugar out or reducing your intake is always a good way to go when trying to stop pimples. It’s also helpful to increase your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables as they are full of nutrients that your skin loves!

2. Clean, clean, clean

Rule number one when trying to stop pimples is to keep your skin clean. Having a regular cleansing routine morning and night, to remove dirt, grime and bacteria is super important. The type of cleanser you use matters though and it is good to point out that it is possible to overclean. Use a gentle cleanser that doesn’t strip your skin of all the natural oils that protect it—you don’t want your skin to feel ‘squeaky’ clean. We have a range of pimple-fighting gentle skincare products in the clinic and can help you find the right one for your skin if you aren’t sure which is best.

3. Stop touching your face!

We use our hands for all sorts of things and then often touch our face without washing them first. This can transfer all kinds of bacteria so a vital part of stopping pimples is to reduce how often you touch your face. This is especially important when it comes to touching existing pimples. Picking them spreads bacteria and can cause scarring so it’s best to leave them alone and let them run their course.

4. Change your pillowcase regularly

We lay our head down on our pillow every night for around 8 hours but we tend to forget about all the bacteria that can build up on them. Most people would be lucky to change their sheets and pillowcases once a week. If pimples are a problem, however, one way to stop them from spreading is to change your pillowcase every few nights. Sleep on one side one night, flip it over the next and then replace it.

5. Swap your normal sunscreen for an oil free version or a spray

If you’re trying to stop pimples, you might also like to consider swapping your sunscreen for a while. Many sunscreens are oil based and can clog the pores. Instead, try an oil-free version or a spray.

6. Only wear non-comedogenic makeup

This simply means makeup/products that don’t block or overfeed your pores. Look for non-comedogenic on the label. However, it’s also valuable to note that some brands claim this simply because their products don’t contain specific ingredients known to block pores. So do your research to ensure what you are buying is truly non-comedogenic. OCosmedics 1SKIN is truly skincare and makeup wrapped up in one, which is why it’s our preferred makeup range at Skin Deep.

Need more help? Come and see our Dermal Therapists for a complimentary no-obligation consultation. We can answer any further questions, design a personalised ‘Skin Master Plan’ or help you discover your colour match with 1Skin makeup.

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