Although we are no longer pre-teens hanging out next to our lockers at snack time... we all still battling the occasional (or consistent) breakout. I like to keep four things in mind when fighting my breakouts...
1. Keep it clean! Brushes, hands, face, phone etc. Bacteria, oil and who knows what else hangs around in the most common areas. Keeping you brushes clean, your hands and that nifty iPhone that is on your cheek a good portion of the day will minimize the transfer of oils and dirt to your face.
2. Get back to basics! We can get carried away with fancy skincare and although a lot of it is worth the pretty penny, think back to the simple days where all you worried about was your first zit before homecoming.... Look no further than the drugstore for your Cetaphil cleanser. You can't go wrong with this stuff, it's gentle, removes makeup and leaves your skin baby soft. While you're at it, open the first aid kit and throw some hydrogen peroxide on a cotton ball as a toner for those stubborn areas. Guess what- it kills bacteria!
3. Let your products work overtime! There are some great foundations and concealers out there with acne fighting ingredients. Neutrogena Skin Clearing Blemish Concealer is great and can be paired with their Skin Clearing Foundation. Argan oil is also a great natural moisturizer/serum that fights acne while it charges your skin with vitamins and minerals! Josie Maran has a few options but you can also find great deals at your local Whole Foods!
4. Hands off! We are all guilty of this, but seriously keep your paws off that pretty face!
Another great trick is to give yourself an at home steam facial with a hot wash cloth. Sounds lovely doesn't it!? This literally melts your makeup off, opens your pores and creates the perfect canvas for any skincare or moisturizer you want to lather on. I learned this great trick from Missmaven.com. You can check out her tutorial here!