Tips for Having Clearer Skin

By: Emily Bunsold

With all the stress that is high school, EVERYONE falls victim to a couple of breakouts now and again. But there are a few easy DIY things you can do to lessen or prevent future breakouts and make school a little more bearable.

  1. Keep your hands OFF your face: Thinking about everything you touch in a day and THEN touching your face, pushing dirt, oil, and bacteria deeper into your pores can scare anyone into quitting that bad habit cold turkey.
  2. To reduce redness: Use eye-drops that are specifically used for relief from itchy, red eyes. My aunt told me about this trick one time and swears by it so I tried it once and it really does help with the red, which is one of the worst parts of having a couple big zits.
  3. ALWAYS wash your face before you go to bed: going along with the first step, all the buildup of make-up, sweat, and oil from the day can gunk up your face overnight if you’re particularly acne-prone.
  4. Fight acne with a 3-step approach: If you have acne, dermatologists recommend fighting it with a three-step regimen: a salicylic acid cleanser, a benzoyl peroxide spot treatment, and a daily moisturizer.
  5. Moisturize: Acne treatments dry out blemishes and the rest of your face. Slather on an oil-free moisturizer with sunscreen. Choose an oil-free, none-clogging formula.
  6. Popping: Popping can cause infections, making the situation worse. But, if you absolutely can’t stand that blemish on your face wait until right before you go to bed to do it. This way, your face will have the whole night to start repairing itself. Just remember to wash your face afterwards!