Believe it or not, there are people in the world who don't suffer with breakouts. If you're someone who seems to experience breakouts regularly, you'll likely be interested to discover the habits of people who don't break out.
Of course, some people are just plain lucky and no matter how poorly they treat their skin, it seems their awesome genes come to their rescue. That, or they're real life unicorns whose skin remains blemish free and glorious 24/7. Sadly, not everyone has this kind of miraculous skin – the rest of us mere mortals need to ensure we look after our skin properly to ensure we don't cause self-inflicted pustules to rear their ugly heads on our faces. However, that's not to say it's an arduous task.
In fact, when it comes to causing breakouts, you're probably well versed with certain things that fan the flames of a potential breakout. We're all different, but I'd take an educated guess that alcohol, sugary food and drinks, along with stress, are breakout catalysts for many of us. But, that's not to say you should give up hope and resign yourself to housing angry, red pimples on your face on a regular basis. There are certain habits that people who don't break out include in their routine, so I spoke to a couple of skincare experts in order to find out exactly what these are, so we can all decrease our chances of breaking out.
1. Cleanse At Night
Dr. Jennifer MacGregor, Dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology tells me, “Cleanse at night – remove makeup, oil and dirt before sleeping; also right away after workouts.”
2. Exfoliate Regularly
Esthetician Maria Orlova, informs me that “proper exfoliation” is a key habit of people who don’t break out.
Dr. MacGregor also advocates exfoliating regularly and says, “My favorite methods are non-abrasive gentle cleansers containing alpha and beta hydroxy acids.”
3. Be Consistent
Dr. MacGregor tells me the key to not breaking out is being consistent. She says, “Most topical products take 6-12 weeks to work so you must use regularly to prevent breakouts.” Dr. MacGregor explains, “Once you are actively breaking out, it is already too late. It can take weeks to get the skin under control again.”
Orlova says, “Wash your face morning and night.” She adds that regular facials are an activity that people who don’t break out make room for in their routine. Don’t get lazy when it comes to skincare – you’ve got to keep on top of it if you want to keep breakouts at bay!
4. Lead A Healthy Lifestyle
A healthy lifestyle seems to be the cure all for a lot of things in life. But, at the end of the day, we need to keep our soul shells in the best shape, even if it's tricky to keep on top of it all. Orlova tells me it’s best to consume “healthy food,” but “no sugar.”
Dr. MacGregor says, “Live a healthy life: Minimize stress, get enough sleep, never ever smoke, get regular exercise, and follow a healthy nutritious diet.” If you stick to this as best as you can, you’re sure to see the positive effects on your skin.
5. Get Professional Help
Orlova explains its best to invest in the “right facial products recommended by a professional, NOT a sales person.”
Dr. MacGregor says, “See a dermatologist – get skin products suited to your skin type. Many of the most effective topicals for acne like Aczone 7.5% and RetinA are available by prescription only.”
Stick to these skincare habits and (fingers crossed) you too could end up as someone who rarely breaks out!