We have all experienced the feeling of blemishes pushing their way through to the surface of the skin at some point and if you’re unlucky enough it also happens before you’re about to go somewhere you want to look your best. I have combination skin, so I only use blemish prevention products when I feel a breakout coming on or if a few have already appeared because they can be very drying to the skin. Nonetheless, if you have very oily prone in general, consistent use may be viable. Usually the feeling a dryness reduces after a few weeks but if not the product may be too strong for you skin, therefore dehydrating it which will lead to more blemishes.
What Causes Breakouts and How You Can prevent hem
Breakouts are caused for a number of reasons depending on your lifestyle and diet. For example;
- Touching your face constantly throughout the day. Your hands come into contact with all kinds of things everyday and this increases the amount of bacteria in the skin which leads to breakouts.
- You’re dehydrated. Dehydration has many negative side effects for the skin such as;
- Making it rough/tough
- Heavily dry
- Increased dead skin cells on the epidermis
- Exorbitant sebum.
Naturally, there is usually already dirt and detritus on the skin so any extra dead skin cells will clog the pores, increase chances of breakouts and promote blemishes.
- Diet. There are a couple of foods that we put into our systems on a daily basis that case breakouts blemishes.
- Bread and many other foods that contain gluten. Gluten damages the small intestine and it triggers many forms of inflammation like eczema, acne and psoriasis.
- Dairy products can have hormone-dense delivery issuses which can imbalance hormones because of the many hormones dairy already contains.
- Travelling by plane. Due to the low humidity and recycled air on aircrafts this is dehydrating and stressful to the skin . Be sure to have some moisturiser and facial wipes in you hand luggage if it is a long haul flight.
- Stress. In times of emotional stress the brain and skin create a hormone that causes the skin to become inflamed. There are many other complex reasons that stress causes breakouts and you can read more here. https://www.facingacne.com/top-acne-causes/
- PMS. Around the time of the menstrual cycle hormones fluctuate a lot which can lead to breakouts. The sebum increases a substantial amount. This then mixes with the natural dirt and dead skin cells which really clogs up the skin.
Methods & Products I Use to Prevent Breakouts and Reduce Blemishes
Hydration. In general I try my best to drink 2-3 litres of water a day because hydration is important and good for the body. I also try to eat foods rich in water such as fruits and vegetables, even drinking smoothies.
When I feel like my skin is about to break out I use beauty products that target them in a specific order during that day.
- Garnier Daily Exfoliating Scrub is really good for acne prone and oily skin. 2% of its contents is salicylic acid which fights against blemishes on the skin. It is a mild
facial scrub which means it is great if you want to use it daily. I start off by using a face scrub to remove any dirt and debris off of my skin. It is great for deeply cleaning my face. I only use this if my skin is feeling oily or if I feel a breakout coming on. Alternatively the Tea Tree Squeaky Clean Facial Scrub or 3-in-1 wash scrub mask also work well for me and do a great job cleaning the skin and reducing the appearance of blemishes.
- Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mask is a clay mask that deeply cleanses and fights against inflamed and blemished skin. It absorbs a plethora of sebum and calms down the skin. I use this clay mask when my skin feels irritated, inflamed, oily and to prevent potential breakouts.
- After that I use the Tea Tree Skin Foaming Cleanser. This contains a strong Tea Tree oil which, unblock the sebaceous glands, disinfect pores and drys out blemishes such as black heads and white heads. It reduces the amount of oil within the skin and the end result leaves your skin looking and feeling smooth.
- Next I tone my skin with the Tea Tree Mattifying Toner. It also has tea tree oil in it. It cleans the skin even further and reduces the appearance of pores. This toner is also great at removing leftover make-up and other debris on the skin.
- When I feel that my skin has been deeply cleaned, exfoliated and cleansed I move on to moisturising with the Tea Tree Mattifying Lotion. It is thin so it doesn’t clog up the pores. It is a once a day daily cream that doesn’t leave the skin looking shiny. However, I do not use this daily because it also contains a potent tea tree oil that can be drying to the skin.
- Finally I finish with the Tea Tree Pore Minimiser. It is mattifying and as well as
minimising pores doubles up as a primer, if you so wish. It makes the skin look and feel even smoother straight after use but I find that daily usage would be too much if your skin only breaks out every so often.
- Sometimes if I am not wearing make-up on a day or I am just relaxing, throughout the day if my skin is feeling a little sensitive, irritated, inflamed or oily I will spray some Tea Tree Water on my face to calm it down. You can spray it straight onto the skin or on cotton pads to wipe away excess dirt or make-up.
This is what is most effective for me when a breakout is about to/coming through. I find that products containing Tea Tree are the best when it comes to combatting blemished skin, preventing breakouts and promoting clear skin.