If you are prone to skin breakouts or acne, the following can actually make the problem worse.
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Acne isn’t limited to a person’s face. According to the AAD (American Academy of Dermatology ), nearly 85 percent of people will experience acne on their face, chest, and back at some point in their life.
Your skin is constantly exposed to chemicals, toxins, pollutants, and other stressors. Basic skin care — bathing daily and washing your face and hands with mild soap — may not be enough to prevent blemishes.
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Obviously sleeping on a pillow case that has grease and bacteria in it from previous nights can only aggravate the acne you already have, further. Sweat and dirt, can clog pores and cause pimples. A dirty pillowcase contains the oils and bacteria that set into the fabric rubs onto your face when you lay on it, clogging your pores, therefore causing more acne.
If you have oily skin then then changing your pillow cases will definitely help. Changing pillow cases frequently is not a cure but it is a help as will many things which might help incrementally, It’s good practice to keep your cheeks on clean sheets.
Try a bamboo fiber fabric for your pillow cases. Bamboo fiber fabric is naturally antimicrobial. 100% bamboo showed a reduction in bacterial growth after 6 hours incubation, but no reduction in growth was seen after 24 hours. The 60% bamboo, 40% cotton blend showed an increase in bacterial growth. This suggests that there may have been insufficient bamboo fibre in the blend to have any antibacterial effect and supports previous claims that state that to be antimicrobial there must be greater than 65% bamboo content.
Try to keep your cell phone from touching your face, too. Also, don’t lean your face on your hands, which may carry oils and germs that can irritate blemishes. Regularly cleaning your screen will lessen these acne-causing oils.
If you are prone to skin breakouts or acne, not cleaning brushes can actually make the problem worse. Bacteria, dirt and old make-up and dead skin cells build up with use on makeup brushes when they aren’t properly cleaned. You should clean your makeup brushes at least once a week. While many people go weeks, months or even years without giving them a deep clean, this can lead to them becoming a breeding ground for bacteria.
It’s also important to NEVER blow onto your makeup brush to remove excess product.
This increases the likelihood of bacteria festering on your brushes.
“If you’re not regularly washing your pillow cases,sheets or towels, there’s a good chance you let a few days go by before washing your everyday clothes. However, if you have back acne or other skin challenges in places where the pre-worn clothing is touching, the dirty residue may be what’s causing it” Scott Vincent-Borba.
Wash your clothes and pillowcases/sheets regularly, use a natural laundry detergent if you can, and avoid using dryer sheets or fabric softener (they can aggravate acne for some people).
Most commercial sunscreens contain heavy, mineral oil-based ingredients, petrochemicals and synthetic fragrances that may have questionable hormone disrupting agents. Sunscreens can also trap dirt and oil, clogging pores and causing breakouts and irritation.
Sunscreens which claim “water-resistant,” “very water-resistant,” or “waterproof” include ingredients which create a water repellant layer on top of the skin. While convenient, water-resistant products can be irritating to acne-prone skin. Also, because water-resistant sunscreens are specifically formulated to be difficult to wash off, this creates unnecessary irritation when attempting to remove the sunscreen, which can further aggravate acne.
Look for a zinc based sunscreen. Research suggests that zinc used topically on the skin either alone as well as in combination with other agents is effective mostly due to its anti-inflammatory activity and ability to reduce P. acnes bacteria by inhibition of P. acnes lipases and free fatty acid levels.
Don’t skip the sunscreen if going outdoors. Look for “noncomedogenic” products when buying sunscreen.
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This is the time the body uses to repair itself. If you’re not getting enough sleep you do your skin the body’s large organ a disfavor. You should aim to get 7 to 8 hours of shut-eye every night.
This is further supported by findings that many of the major restorative functions in the body like muscle growth, tissue repair, protein synthesis, and growth hormone release occur mostly, or in some cases only, during sleep.
Quality ZZZs also help your body defend itself. During sleep, you make more white blood cells that attack viruses and bacteria, says Sunita Kumar, MD. Kumar co-directs the Center for Sleep Disorders at Loyola University Medical Center.
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Sources; WebMD, Harvard Medical School, Acne.org, nih.gov, .thesun.co.uk. E.J. Smith, P. Painter, in Medical and Healthcare Textiles