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Tips for Avoiding Breakouts

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Today at STYLEanthropy, I’m sharing with you tips for avoiding breakouts. Yes, acne is real, even for adults. Well, if you stumbled upon this post, then you already know that. You’re probably looking for ways to help with your breakouts, too. So read on to learn how I keep my acne at bay.

Tips for Avoiding Breakouts

1. Let Your Skin Breathe

I’m no stranger to hats year-round and beanies during winter season. Can you tell with these outfits? However, my hair tends to get oily at the roots. When I wear any type of headwear for long periods of time, they result in breakouts on the forehead and hairline. Ugh! So even if I love to wear my fedoras and beanies, I make sure to give my head a breather.

Now, I avoid wearing one for more than 8 hours and try not to wear one two days in a row. If you love wearing hats or beanies too and notice you’re more prone to breaking out on your forehead, then you probably need to let your skin breathe as well. Another trick is to carry an oil blotting paper with you and remember to blot the hairline and forehead every couple of hours.


2. Drink Plenty of Water/Liquids

This is pretty basic and something that you should already be doing! Drinking enough water has a lot of health benefits aside from helping you clear out toxins. The general rule is to drink 8-10 glasses of liquids. So drink your water, juices, and tea!

3. Be Mindful of What You Eat

Aside from the occasional breakouts in the forehead and near the hairline, I get hormonal acne or breakouts during that time of the month when you’re more prone to inflammation. These are the ones that come out in the jaw and chin area when you’re about to get your period.


This is why you should avoid foods that can cause inflammation and instead reach out for those that can tame it.

  • Foods to Avoid
    • Sugar
    • High-glycemic foods like white bread, white rice, processed breakfast cereals, cookies, cakes
    • Junk food like potato chips
    • Cow’s milk and cheese
    • Greasy food like French fries creates inflammation in the body
  • Foods to Eat
    • Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids like fish, nuts, and flaxseed
    • Green tea – high in antioxidants to protect from environmental stressors
    • Oysters – contain mineral zinc that’s said to reduce the effects of acne
    • Probiotics – you can take a supplement or get it from foods like dark chocolate, yogurt, kombucha, etc.
    • Fruits and vegetables – berries, carrots and dark leafy greens are great for your skin

4. Get Enough Sleep

Do you know that sleep deprivation can trigger acne, too? Studies show that sleep deprivation can cause increase in insulin resistance. Insulin resistance can increase glucose or sugar that is not good for your acne. So get that beauty sleep!

5. Be Gentle with Your Skin

I’m guilty of sometimes being too harsh on my skin. Scrubbing acne can make it worse. Popping or squeezing them can lead to scarring. I know, sometimes it’s so hard to resist the urge. Other times, I’m not even aware I’m already scratching on a pimple while I’m working in front of the computer. Case in point, that thing on my nose! I wonder how long that scar and dark spot will haunt me. So be more cautious. And unless you’re a dermatologist, keep your hands off your face!


6. Stick to a Skin Care Regimen

When you find a skin care regimen that works for you, stick to it. Here’s my current skin care regimen that I’m trying for the next 8 weeks:

  • Wash my face with Differin® Balancing Cleanser and lukewarm water.
  • Apply thin layer of Differin® Gel Acne Treatment all over my face once a day.
  • Moisturize with Differin® Balancing Moisturizer.
  • Once a week face masque after washing my face.



New Differin® Gel

If you’re on the lookout for something that can help you solve your acne issues, try Differin® Gel. It’s the first and only prescription-strength and dermatologist-recommended retinoid, Adapalene, for preventing and clearing acne that you can get over the counter. Do you know that it’s the newest advancement and ingredient in the OTC acne category in over 30 years? Differin® Gel clears breakouts where they start, deep in your pores. It prevents breakouts before they even begin, so the skin’s texture and tone is restored. It’s not used like other spot treatments. This one is applied in a thin layer all over the face once a day. Please use caution when using Differin® Gel with more than one acne treatment or glycolic acid product because this could lead to irritation.



I’m excited to try it out over the next 8 weeks and I’ll be documenting my progress. Thus, here’s my #BeforeDifferin face! I’ll be back with my results. So stay tuned for that. For now, if you want to try it out with me, you can pick up Differin® Gel at Walmart.

Hope you learned from these tips. Let me know if you have more tips to add to this list and if you’re planning to try new Differin® Gel, too! And don’t forget to pin the image below to save these tips for later.


This product is dermatologist developed and tested. Please call 1-866-735-4137 for any questions you may have concerning the product. However, should you experience any problems while using the product, please discontinue use and consult your healthcare provider.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Michelle May 19, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Great tips – I never think about wearing hats! #client

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