No spot treating! For your anti-blemish routine to get results, the #1 most important step is to apply Almond Clear, or any other leave-on product that you’re using, to the entire area when you ever get breakouts. Do NOT just put the product on your active pimples!! This is called spot treating, and spot treating doesn’t work!! When you spot treat, you never prevent new microcomedones from turning into full-on pimples. Spot treating is like playing a forever game of whack-a-mole with clogged pores. So do yourself a favor and always apply your acne treatment product to the entire area where you ever break out.
Shower after exercising! It’s very important to shower as soon as possible after exercising! Letting sweat and grime linger on your skin breeds the kind of microbes that aggravate clogged pores. If you can’t shower, then change out of your sweaty clothes, rinse your face, and dab some Almond Clear onto your blemish-prone skin.
Harsh scrubbing makes breakouts worse! Harsh scrubbing with gritty cleansers or loofahs irritates existing blemishes, spreads bacteria between pores, and actually makes your breakouts worse! Instead, scrub gently with a warm, wet washcloth.
Extra-drying cleansers aren’t helpful! A gentle, non-drying cleanser is all that’s needed. Your skin is already getting dried out by your leave-on acne/folliculitis treatment product, so there’s no need for the further drying that occurs with a harsh acne cleanser. Almond Clear’s Face & Body Wash is designed to be a gentle accompaniment to leave-on acne treatment products.
Use moisturizer as needed. If your skin gets uncomfortably dry, then go ahead and use a non-comedogenic (non-pore-clogging) moisturizer. For moisturizing the face, a hyaluronic acid serum is an excellent option. If you suffer from fungal folliculitis, then checkout Simple Skincare Science for a list of moisturizers that won’t cause you to breakout.
Wear sunscreen or cover your skin! The active ingredient in Almond Clear, mandelic acid, will make you more sensitive to the sun and more likely to get sunburned. For that reason, it’s extremely important to wear sunscreen, or better yet, to cover your skin with protective clothing or a sun hat. Make sure your sunscreen is specially formulated for acne-prone skin. Choose an oil-free, non-comedogenic formula that’s intended for the face, and use the face product on your body as well.
Clean your bedding regularly: If you’re like us then you’re super busy, and the last thing on your mind is changing your bedding, but sleeping in grimy sheets and on dirty pillows is a disaster for acne-prone skin! Imagine grinding dirt and bacteria into your skin for multiple hours each day. That’s what’s happening when you lay down on dirty bedding, so don’t do it! Regularly launder your bedding in natural, hypoallergenic detergent.
Take supplements. If you have fungal folliculitis, talk with your doctor about taking an antifungal dietary supplement. Antifungal supplements can be very helpful, and there are a variety to choose from.
You are what you eat (and drink): Your skin is the largest organ in your body. If your body is not healthy because of poor nutritional choices, then you can’t expect your skin to be healthy! Eat healthy fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Avoid processed foods when possible. Drink tons of water, and cut way down on soda and sugary drinks. You’ll feel better, and your skin will reflect your newfound health.
Recognize the acne-stress connection: Have you ever noticed that you break out right before or after a big job interview or test, or when you’re faced with a challenging life event? There is a big connection between the hormones that come with stress and acne creation. It’s not always possible to reduce the things in your life that cause stress, but you can learn to cope better. Try meditation, yoga, or guided breathing exercises. They can help to calm stress, and thus calm-down your acne.
Tips for body breakouts
Let your skin breathe!: Consistently wearing tight, non-breathable clothing will exacerbate body blemishes. When you can, opt for loose-fitting pants and shirts. When you’re at home, instead of slipping on yoga pants after spending the day in tight-fitting jeans, find some sweats that give your skin some room to breathe. If you have butt acne, go sans-underwear when you’re at home! You want to give that skin some room to breath. For chest and back acne, try not to wear tight-fitting shirts all the time, and opt for breathable cotton over synthetic fibers when possible.
Say hello to cotton: If you have butt blemishes, it's very important to wear cotton underwear instead of synthetic fibers. Cotton is breathable and doesn't trap moisture against your skin.
Be aware of acne mechanica: Acne Mechanica is a fancy way of saying “acne caused by repeated rubbing,” and it’s one of the major causes of body acne. Back acne can be triggered by the repeated rubbing of backpack or purse straps. Chest acne can be triggered by your bra rubbing against your skin, especially in the underwire area. Butt acne is worsened by the edge of your underwear pressing against your skin, or by your butt sitting on a chair all day. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to reduce repeated rubbing. For back acne, wear a different purse or backpack. For chest acne, get a different bra that doesn’t rub the same area, and make sure to wash it frequently. For butt acne, wear seamless underwear, and stand as much as possible instead of sitting.