Are you still being plagued by pimples? The good news is there are a bunch of things that you can do to get rid of them without spending a tonne of cash.
Some people just get pimples. And it really sucks. Unfortunately, there is not just one cause, so it’s hard to definitively stop them or treat them without speaking to a doctor or a dermatologist.
But we do know that many kinds of pimples that aren’t caused by hormonal issues are due to bacteria and oil being stuck in the skin. And with this in mind, there are many simple changes that you can make to get rid of pimples and reduce the chances of them coming back. Scroll down to see how you can get rid of your pimples by making 9 simple changes. And the good news is that each of these will take you less than a minute!
1. Change your pillowcases
We spend hours and hours every night with our faces pressed up against our pillowcases. So if they’re dirty you’re way more likely to experience bacteria-based breakouts. This is especially true if you wear night cream or use hair products, as these can build up a film on your pillowcase and attract bacteria.
If you’re experiencing breakouts and pimples, try changing your pillowcases more often – at least once a week – and see if it helps.
2. Clean your phone
We’ve all read the stats that show that the surface of a smartphone can be dirtier than a toilet seat. And if you’re a fan of phone calls, you’re rubbing this bacteria-covered device all over your face every day. Try cleaning your phone screen with alcohol wipes frequently. This should lessen the amount of pimple-causing bacteria your face is exposed to.
3. Clean your makeup brushes
If you’re not cleaning your makeup brushes, you 100% need to be. Not only can dirty makeup brushes give you pimples but they can cause eye infections too. Makeup brushes trap excess makeup and the oils from your face within their bristles and this sits on the brush attracting bacteria until you clean it!
You don’t need to splash out on expensive brush cleaners either. A bit of baby shampoo with warm water in a plastic bowl will do.
When dead skin cells and dirt get inside your pores and block them up, you can get spots. One of best ways to get rid of pimples and stop them from happening is to make sure you’re exfoliating regularly. Once every two days is ideal. If you have sensitive skin, every two days might be too much, but try to exfoliate at least once a week.
5. Make sure you’re not drying your skin out
Dry skin can overcompensate by producing tonnes of extra oil and sebum, which can cause blocked pores and lead to pimples. Try to avoid harsh products and burning hot water, which can strip all the oil from your skin, as this can lead to more pimples rather than getting rid of them. And if you already have dry skin, make sure you keep it moisturised.
6. Don’t over wash
Cleansing your face multiple times a day or using very drying cleansers can run the risk of irritating your skin and triggering excess oil production. Try to only cleanse once in the morning and once before bed. And make sure you pick a cleanser that is kind to your skin.
7. Drink water
You’ve probably heard this one before and it’s probably one of the best cures. Staying hydrated allows your body to better flush any toxins from your system, the same toxins that can come through your skin and cause spots. Drinking water also keeps the water levels in your skin high, which stops your skin from over producing oil to stay moist.
8. If you have long hair, be careful which hair products you’re using
This is especially true if you often wear your hair down. If your hair is constantly brushing up against your face, your spots and pimples could be caused by the hair products you’re using. Make sure you always read the label in case there are some skin-inflaming ingredients in your hair products. Also, try not to let your hair get too dirty. You don’t want the dirt and oil from your hair rubbing up against your cheeks.
9. When you do cleanse, do it properly
Using a makeup wipe is just not enough. All these wipes do is move the oil and makeup around your face and push it into your pores. You need to wash your face properly with water and a cleansing wash, especially if you have makeup on. In fact, if you’re wearing makeup, consider cleansing twice each session to ensure you’ve removed all traces. You’ve probably heard that sleeping in your makeup is really bad, so if you’re going to the effort of taking it off, why not take it off properly?
Your blemish-free skin will thank you.