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How to Avoid a Breakout Before a Big Event

September 27, 2013

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I’m getting married in just a few weeks, which means I’ve spent the last couple of months honing an all-natural skincare regimen that helps my normally sensitive skin keep breakouts at bay.

I tried a little of this and a little of that until I found a routine that not only unclogs my pores to prevent new pimples from forming, but also quickly cleared up remaining acne from previous breakouts.

Much of the advice that follows is actually applicable 365 days a year. Skin is our largest organ and it’s very important that we take really good care of it every single day and not just before a big event.

Change your pillowcases. This is something we probably all do once in a while but don’t give much thought. But think about this – your face secretes oil during the night and collects on your pillowcases along with saliva, bacteria, and dust, which clogs pores and causes acne. Prevent a breakout by changing your pillowcases once a week, using a scent-free, gentle detergent to wash your pillowcases. You can also run your pillow through the dryer once a month to kill bacteria that can collect underneath the pillowcase.

Raw honey face mask. Raw honey is more than an all-natural alternative for satisfying a sweet tooth; it can also work wonders for your skin. Raw honey is packed with antibacterial and antifungal properties that help cleanse your skin and heal any current acne. The trick is to warm up the raw honey in your hands for a few seconds before placing a thin layer on your face. Leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing off with a warm washcloth.

Drink plenty of water. A piece of advice we hear often, but rarely follow. Staying hydrated helps flush out toxins and keeps skin (and other vital organs) healthy. So drink 10 glasses every day to prevent inflammation and clogging. If you’re not used to drinking this much water, start with five glasses a day until you’ve worked your way up to 10.

Just breathe. Hormonal changes affect our skin above all else. The release of cortisol, a hormone in the body secreted to combat stress, can cause changes in the skin that result in redness and acne. So as hard as it may be, it’s very important to try to stay calm whenever you begin feeling stressed to avoid a breakout. Try these breathing exercises from Dr. Andrew Weil to help you relax.

What tips do you recommend for warding off breakouts?

About the author

Shana Bitterman is a contributing writer to Wellness Today and a 2013 graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She enjoys traveling and spending time in the kitchen, whipping up wholesome and delicious meals for her friends and family.