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A number of items on this list may not apply to you as everyone has different skin conditions. For example, chemicals and perfumes may cause outbreaks for some, while others seem to be immune to it. However, it’s possible that your skin may be sensitive to some of them, but you just didn’t notice.
Changing your pillowcase frequently
Bacteria, dirt, and sometimes even makeup will build up on your pillowcase after a few uses. Even if you cleanse your skin right before bed, there will still be a tiny amount of oil and bacteria that will linger on your skin -- and get transferred to your pillowcase.
It is recommended by experts to change your pillowcase every 3 days or less to reduce the amount of gunk buildup you’re lying your face onto every night.
If this seems too inconvenient, an alternative is covering your pillow with clean shirts or towels every night. Flipping them inside out can also give you a couple more uses before needing to wash.
Dyes, perfumes, fragrances
For people with a certain type of skin, they’re more sensitive to dyes, perfumes and fragrances which may irritate their face during contact. Try your best to keep them from reaching your face (i.e. your hand may have a bit of perfume and you touch your face).
Remove dairy from your diet
Milk contains proteins that when digested by us, a hormone similar to insulin is released (IGF-1). Studies have shown that this hormone is proven to cause breakouts and acne.
The sugar in milk is called Lactose, and people who are lactose intolerant could suffer a reaction from your body, which leads to breakouts and pimples. Do keep in mind that 65% of the world is lactose intolerant, so there’s a high chance you could fall into that category unknowingly.
Wash your face with lukewarm to cold water
A licensed cosmetologist, Sophia Knapp, said “Hot water strips the oils that can cause breakouts, and it may trigger your skin into producing even more”.
On the other hand, cold water has more benefits than harmful effects. Cold water increases blood flow to your face, giving you better protection from things like pollution. This is how a simple tweak in your routine can give your skin a healthier glow. However cold water may not clean your face thoroughly as excess oils will not be dissolved, leading to clogged pores and breakouts.
The sweet spot? Lukewarm water.
Avoid overwashing your face
Overwashing? How can being too clean be a problem? Well sorry to burst your bubble, but overwashing can strip away all of the natural oils that keep your skin healthy. The result? Dry, flaky, red and irritated skin that becomes even more prone to acne.
Scrubbing your face is also known to worsen your acne condition. Acne is one of the things that you need to kill with kindness.
Avoid touching your face at all costs
Especially while wearing a mask, we may accidentally scratch our face while readjusting it. But as much as consciously possible, avoid letting your hands come in contact with your face as the grease and dirt on your fingers will be transferred to it.
Have a separate towel for your face
Let’s face it -- our towels are pretty disgusting. No matter how clean you are after getting out of the shower, your towel will inevitably still have some buildup of dirt and oil that accumulated from the dozens of uses. Having a small, dedicated towel for your face has been a serious game-changer for many people.
Exercise, but make sure to shower immediately after
You probably already know that exercising improves blood circulation and gives your skin cells more nutrients, giving you healthy & glowing skin. But what’s even more crucial is that you shower immediately afterwards as bacteria, dirt and oils will be accumulated on your skin.
If showering is not possible, washing with water or wiping with wet wipes is a good alternative.
Change your diet
When I say change your diet, I don’t mean you completely switch to a different one. Changing your diet can simply mean adding 2-3 foods while subtracting 1-2 foods from your intake. Here are some ideas.
Foods to add to your diet:
- Green leafy vegetables
- Dark chocolate
- Antioxidant-rich berries
- Green tea
- Pumpkin seed
- Protein-rich foods like meat and eggs
- Drink more water
Foods to subtract from your diet:
- Excessive sugar
- Processed food
Conclusion About Preventing Acne in Singapore's Humidity
Fighting acne is never easy. Finding the right acne product is never easy. Finding the right skincare routine is never easy. The frustrating thing about acne is that everyone is different -- there is no single acne cure-all that works for everyone. At times, this can seriously be annoying when your filthy friend who uses bar soap to clean his face has flawless skin, yet we’re stuck with stubborn acne that needs a $60 product.
Before immediately resorting to expensive products, try natural remedies such as modifying your lifestyle and routines first. Are you really going to rely on wallet-burning skincare products forever?