Breakouts can happen to anyone, at any age. Unfortunately, pimples don’t stop immediately on your 20th birthday, despite the widespread belief that they are a “teenage problem.” Many things can bring on breakouts: stress, skin irritation, illness, cosmetics, and just plain old dirt.
There are thousands of products on the market all claiming to give you clearer skin, and deciding which ones to try can be a little overwhelming. So, before spending hundreds of dollars on spa-quality products, why not try these simple hacks – they may clear your breakouts completely?
Clean Anything That Touches Your Face
You may be surprised to learn that the average person touches their face three to five times every minute. Whether you’re scratching an itch, brushing hair away, wiping a tear, or even applying moisturizer, you may be transferring bacteria from the surfaces around you onto your face.
Regular handwashing is essential for clear skin, but it doesn’t stop there. Your cell phone can harbor billions of bacteria, and is an often-overlooked source of skin breakouts. Same goes for makeup brushes, sponges, and even tweezers. The more you can keep your beauty tools and everyday objects cleaned and disinfected, the fewer breakouts you should see.
Sleep With Your Hair Up
Another sneaky way that oils can transfer onto your face is from your hair while you sleep. If you go to sleep with any styling product or even just the natural oils from your scalp present in your hair, and then sleep with your hair mashed up against your cheek for eight hours, it’s no wonder that pimples might form.
An easy way around this is to pull your hair up into a loose ponytail or messy bun. Nothing too tight, as that can damage your hair overnight – just something to keep it off your face.
Drink Hot Water With Lemon
Believe it or not, some pimples may be the result of systemic bacteria. This means that the germs causing your breakouts are present throughout your body, and not just on your face. In fact, the bacteria often found in your lower intestine, while important and necessary for healthy digestion, can lead to facial breakouts if their levels get a little too out of whack.
Drinking hot water with lemon can help get your natural bacteria levels back to normal. Of course, if you notice a sudden and severe uptick in facial breakouts, it may be a sign of a more serious bacterial infection. Definitely see your doctor if that happens.
Spot-Treat Breakouts With Salt
There are plenty of acne spot treatments available. Some work better than others, and naturally some cost more than others. One you could try right now for free is to make a paste out of a teaspoon of sea salt and half a teaspoon of water. Apply a small amount of the sea salt paste directly to your breakouts.
Salt has natural antibacterial properties, meaning it can eliminate the germs causing the breakout right at the source. Salt also can draw oils out of your pores, meaning they are less likely to become clogged. Leave the paste on for up to an hour before rinsing, although if you have sensitive skin, begin with a five-minute application to make sure it’s not having any adverse effects.
These free beauty hacks are a great place to start improving your skin without spending too much. Got any favorite tricks to share? Let us know in the comments!