1. Stop sleeping on my face at night
This is easier said than done. Almost 75% of people sleep on their side, that doesn’t mean that 75% of people have acne on their cheeks, but I can see why it would cause acne. By sleeping on your side, your face is resting on your pillow or bed. You are basically pressing your face on fabric that is the ultimate breeding grounds for bacteria, body oils, dirt, dust, and whatever else. Not just that, you’re not allowing your skin to breath and this can cause chaffing.
If you have to sleep on your side, definitely make a habit of washing or changing your pillowcase every week, or buy a pillowcase made of materials that absorb less moisture like satin, or special fabrics now made for acne prone skin.
You can also do what I did and become a back sleeper (don’t knock it till you try it).
2. Stop touching my face all the time
It’s amazing how we don’t even notice ourselves doing it. We rest our chin on our fists, (this is called the thinker), bite our thumb or chew our nails, or how about the constant need to check in on our acne?
It’s important to stop doing this, we are spreading germs from everything we touch and putting it on our skin. In school or our workplace, bacteria is unavoidable, there isn’t enough hand sanitizer in the world to stop it. Which brings me to my next point, stop over applying hand sanitizer, when we unknowingly touch our faces, this can irritate our skin too.
Pro tip: wash your hands more often and use a non-comedogenic lotion to moisturize your hands.
3. Stop thinking about it all the time
When I think about my acne, I’m frustrated and stressed about it. And that stress causes more acne. Focusing on our acne will only drive us crazy and possibly cause us to react in a way that will cause us to do more harm.
Example, applying multiple products without giving them time to work and severely drying our your skin. This usually results in more breakouts.
4. Regularly clean off accessories
It’s easy to overlook these items as we only use them as needed. Items like sunglasses we wear only in the sun, we don’t think about how our sweat or body oil sits on the frames and goes back on our faces.
Our smartphones are full of dirt, they are actually pretty disgusting. All those reasons we wouldn’t touch our face with our hands basically make its way on our phones. If you wear make up, wipe it off after every call.
Be aware of where your acne is forming and think about all the things that could touch that area of your skin.
Wipe them down daily and not with hand sanitizer, but something more gentle.
5. Stop over applying make up to acne
This is probably the hardest thing to stop doing because it’s forcing you to bare it all. It can also make you feel very uncomfortable, and insecure. Take baby steps, and set days aside when you know you can be makeup free.
You’ve got to let your skin breath, it needs to repair. So jump at any opportunity you can to NOT wear makeup. Just wash it off with cleanser, use a toner, and apply a lotion (I know a great one).
Lotion is your friend during the healing process. I am not against drying creams, but I prefer to nourish my skin with vitamins, antioxidants, and fatty acids that nurture it back to health.
These are 5 things I stopped doing, share more helpful tips in the comments below.