After all those painful years battling puberty-induced acne, you’d think that by entering your 20s and 30s, your skin would cut you a break! Yet, many of us (Kendall Jenner included) either still struggle with acne, or suddenly experience an onset of adult acne that takes even longer to heal because our skin isn’t as resilient anymore.
While a bad breakout won’t “ruin your life forever” anymore, we understand that it still can be distressing, and annoying because you need more time to cover them up! Genetics, hormones, your diet and environmental factors all affect the sebum production in your face, so while there isn’t a one-size-fits-all cause to help with acne, here are 8 good, tried-and-tested habits you can adopt in your everyday life to help you win the battle of the zits.
#1. Sleeping more
Yep, beauty sleep is actually real. No getting enough hours of zzz’s every night is a big factor for many acne sufferers, and this is because the less you sleep, a) the less time your skin has to repair itself and b) your skin actually produces more sebum, which as you know, is what is clogging your pores and causing you to break out. Adults should aim to get between 7-9 hours of sleep every night, in order to promote healthy skin barrier function.
#2. Fixing your diet
It is true that you are what you eat – a diet that is high in refined carbs like white rice, bread and pasta and processed foods like deep fried foods and instant-whatever will definitely not help your acne. This is because these foods cause a spike in your blood sugar, which triggers a boost in insulin. When there is too much insulin in your bloodstream, it triggers changes in your system that can lead to the growth of pore-clogging cells and increase activity in your oil glands. Stick to whole grains, legumes, lean protein and loads of fresh veggies instead. This not only helps your skin, but also improves your overall health and could help with weight loss too.
#3. Never being lazy about your routine
We get it – we’ve all pulled 10-12 hour days at work and by the time we get home, we’re so tempted to skip the tedious skincare routine and heading straight to bed. This is a terrible idea if you suffer from sensitive and breakout-prone skin; all the grime, sweat and makeup from the day can and will clog your pores, basically guaranteeing you’ll wake up to a fresh crop of pimples. We’re not saying you have to force yourself to keep awake throughout your entire 12-step K-skincare routine, but at the very least wash and tone your face, apply your acne treatment potions and moisturise before hitting the hay. If that still sounds like too much, consider having a stash of efficient, multi-purpose skincare products for nights like this so you’re not tempted to skip your routine.