Acne and breakouts can have a negative effect on your mental health, especially if it seems like you've tried everything to get clearer skin and nothing seems to be helping.

It's important to understand that persistence is key when it comes to any skincare routine, and it can take time for you start to see results.

As a general rule, it is a great idea to speak to a skincare professional about what you can do for your skin and ensure you're using professional quality skincare as well as receiving regular facials for best results.

Products such as Proactiv are best to be avoided - these contain very harsh ingredients such as Benzoyle Peroxide to clear skin fast but which can have many negative effects on the long term health of your skin.

Your skin also develops a dependance on these harsh ingredients, meaning that when coming off of Proactiv you can expect your skin to get worse before it gets better.

It is important to note that there are many different underlying causes of acne including diet, hormonal imbalances, medical conditions, environmental stresses etc. and there is no one-size-fits-all "cure". For severe cases it may be worth a visit to your GP or a dermatologist to see if acne medication is an option for you.

Listed below are some great tips and tricks for clearing your skin at home, as well as following the recommended skincare advice above.

Tip 1: Stay Hydrated

Hydration is very important for clear skin and drinking plenty of water will help flush toxins from your body. As a general rule, aim for 2L per day and consider drinking more water if you exercise regulary or have a lot of caffeine in your diet.

Tip 2: Exercise

Exercise is a great way to get the blood pumping around your body and improve circulation which will supply freshly oxygenated blood to the skin - this oxygen rich blood supply will help to fight acne-causing bacteria and with a regular exercise routine you should start to notice clearer skin within a few weeks. Just make sure you shower and wash your face afterwards so that sweat doesn't clog your pores and lead to more breakouts.

Tip 3: Facial Massage

Using a lightweight oil (such as avocado, rosehip or jojoba) or a non greasy face cream, give yourself a 5 minute facial massage as part of your daily skincare routine! This will improve the circulation of blood and lymph and in turn lead to a clearer complexion.

Tip 4: Use Acne Safe Makeup

It's no secret that certain foundations can clog the pores and cause further breakouts but the good news is that there are plenty of oil-free makeup ranges that still offer high coverage, yet won't exacerbate acne and blemishes.

Some great options include Inika Organic and Adorn Cosmetics but there are many others available well.

Tip 5: Clean Makeup Brushes and Pillowcases

Bacteria can grow on your makeup brushes and pillowcases (especially if you're using brushes to apply liquid makeup products) so it's important to clean both regularly to prevent this bacteria being transferred onto your skin.

It's also a great idea to consider switching to vegan makeup brushes. This is because animal hair brushes trap bacteria and are very difficult to clean properly, so synthetic fibers are much more ideal for breakout prone skin types.

Need help getting your skin on track or working out what products are going to be best suited to your skincare needs? Have a chat to a skincare professional in your area!

If you're located in Newcastle NSW you can book in online at Timeless Beauty & Massage - Newcastle's first 100% vegan and cruelty free beauty salon - by clicking the "book now" button on the website


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