Welcome to the first post of our very own Caring Skin Series! Today we’ll be talking about breakouts- which seems to be a more common issue during this lock-down or circuit breaker period when everyone is staying home.
A few of my friends - including myself, have found that contrary to our own beliefs that staying home would improve our skin, we have been breaking out more than usual. We haven’t been wearing makeup all day so our skin should be able to breathe and have been staying home, where air is supposedly cleaner… right? Wrong.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the levels of indoor air pollutants are often a whooping 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor levels. So by staying home all day, we’re essentially exposing ourselves to more pollutants which may cause acne for ourselves.
Other Possible Reasons for Breakout
1. Changes in diets & lifestyles
One other possible reason that may have contributed to the increase in breakouts is the changes in your diet and lifestyle.
When you’re working from home or just staying in, it’s inevitable you’ll want to snack. Snacking is our guilty pleasure but your skin will take no pleasure from that. I’m sure many of us know by now junk food will cause acne so I shan’t spend too much time talking about it.
Another reason may be due to the stress associated with the work from home arrangements where parents have to juggle with their child/children's home-based-learning, work commitments and completing household chores. It is definitely stressful to juggle all these responsibilities, which may inadvertently cause breakouts.
2. Your Pillow and Pillow Case
Another reason that may be causing acne could be the negligence in changing your pillow case regularly. It is advised that you change your pillow case every week, and this is not just about comfort or wanting to give your bed a brand new look, but more of hygiene and cleanliness.
We shed a horrifying 500 million skin cells each day and when you rest each night, oil and sweat from your skin will inevitably come into contact and absorbed by your pillow case. Sleeping on a dirty pillow case for too long can cause more break outs, and we certainly don’t want that. Just 5 minutes a week to change your pillow case for long term good skin, definitely worth it.
So here are a few basic practices we can all do while staying indoors to work towards that fresh glowy skin.
1. Keep Calm & Stay consistent to your Pre Lock-Down Skincare Routine!
Keep calm, take one step at a time and conquer the day! Also, remember to remain consistent and not skip steps to your skincare routine that you had before the lock-down! You can also explore to make adjustments to your regimen, depending on how your skin reacts.
And of course, DIY face masks is a fun alternative and recipes for them can be found all over the internet. So grab some honey, oatmeal and plain yogurt and get cracking. You can check out some of our favourite DIY homemade skin care treatments here on The Healthy.
In the meantime, If you need someone to talk to about your regime, you can always contact us to hear our thoughts!
2. Do Not Touch Your Face
Remember to touch your face as little as possible-yes it can be a habit, but for good skin? Time to curb it. Touching your face can spread oil, dirt and bacteria to your face which will clog pores and cause more acne.
3. The Pillow Case Fix
Apart from changing your pillow cases regularly, you can try to exploring using a silk pillowcase. Silk has hypoallergenic properties and is a natural resistance to dust mites, mold and does not pick up as much pore-clogging bacteria as cotton does.
Silk pillows aren't cheap though, but it would definitely be worth the purchase. Been there, done that.
Hope you enjoyed this short read. Stay safe and stay beautiful y’all!