Acne, a word that can strike fear into the bravest amongst us. It can wreck self-confidence, leaving you feeling low and wanting to hide away, and at its worst can become a lifelong foe. So how can you stop it from rearing its ugly head?

  • Choose the Right Product for You

Acne is rarely the same for everyone. A product that may clear up your friend’s complexion could lead you to a severe breakout, so trying out a variety of products is important. A good tip is to try natural skincare products and avoid those with toxic chemicals. Check out reviews and go with a reputable product – your skin is always worth the best.

  • Go Makeup Free

Although going makeup free might seem daunting if you’re suffering from acne, it’s a great way to keep a breakout at bay – covering up your pores will inevitably lead to more spots. However, if the thought of no makeup is too much, make sure to choose a foundation with a light coverage and one which is fragrance-free. Along with this, make sure to wash your makeup off every night with chemical and fragrance-free soaps.

  • Rethink Your Diet

The phrase ‘you are what you eat’, although a cliché, is relevant when it comes to keeping your acne under control. An unbalanced diet and a lack of vitamins are a poor combination when it comes to looking after your skin. By cutting down on junk food and alcohol and increasing your fruit and vegetable intake, you could start to see an improvement in your skin. The best way to start is through eating foods that are high in vitamin A, such as the superfood kale and carrots. If you start looking after your body from the inside out, both you and your skin will benefit.

  • Hydrate

Is there anything that drinking more water can’t help? Your skin is an important organ and keeping it hydrated has incredible benefits, helping to clear your skin being just one. Hydrated skin is happy and healthy skin, so start trying to get your two litres a day. Keeping a personal water bottle is a great way to keep track of your daily water intake, and your skin might not be the only part of you that starts to feel better as a result.

  • Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Just like water, sleep is important for all aspects of your life, not just for controlling break outs. Your skin needs rest, just like you do, so making sure you get 6-8 hours of sleep each night is of high importance. Keep up a good sleeping routine, and your skin will thank you!

  • Go to the Doctors

If your acne is getting you down and nothing you try seems to be helping, getting some extra guidance can be beneficial. There are various routes you can take when it comes to medication for your acne, including antibiotics or the combined oral contraceptive pill (for women). Don’t be ashamed to ask for help – you won’t be the first case or the last!