Breakouts are ridiculously annoying, and there are several ways you could be making them worse. Here’s how you can prevent agitation and heal quickly.
DON’T EXFOLIATE: Exfoliation is a fabulous step in any skincare regimen, however, during a ferocious breakout, you could run the risk of spreading bacteria and inflammation by aggressively rubbing affected areas. Save exfoliation for when your face has calmed down.
SEEK HEALING INGREDIENTS THAT ARE ANTI-INFLAMMATORY: You want to look for ingredients that kill bacteria but are also anti-inflammatory because acne is a mixture of both. Ingredients like salicylic acid, rosemary, sage, tea tree oil, lemongrass and sulfur work well to kill bacteria. Ingredients like licorice, feverfew, reishi (mushroom), aloe, shea butter and green tea fight bacteria while also cooling inflamed skin and banishing redness. Look for a combo or both or create some DIY products.
CONSIDER HORMONES AND ALLERGIES: A sudden breakout could stem from the disturbance of your immune system or hormones. Did you recently eat something and noticed a breakout the next day? Do you always break out a few days before your cycle? Are you incredibly stressed? For allergies or immune disturbances, consider taking marshmallow root, which helps those with a hypersensitive stomach. It also helps dry up skin issues and prevents further allergy-induced breakouts. For hormonal issues, incorporate an evening primrose supplement into your diet a week before your period. Take two a day.