4 Tips for Avoiding Acne Flare-ups

Sensitive skin can manifest in various ways — in fact, acne flare-ups can be one of the first (and perhaps most noticeable) signs of sensitivity! And if you’ve spent years trying to figure out how to avoid breakouts and calm your acne-prone skin, trust us, we’ve been there. We know how frustrating it can be to try different products and routines only to see the same pimples popping up day after day.

While targeting the root causes of acne can be a complicated process, there are some acne prevention tips you can try to prevent or get rid of those pesky, temporary flare-ups. Here are some of our favorites!

What Causes Acne?

Before you can figure out how to avoid breakouts, it’s important to understand what causes them. Typically, acne flare-ups are the result of dead skin cells and oils clogging the pores on your face, chest, back, or anywhere else on the body. If you’re not practicing a regular skin care routine and taking steps to prevent these zits from popping up, they could continue indefinitely.

It’s important to note that diet can also contribute to breakouts and acne-prone skin, and constant flare-ups may be a sign that you’re allergic to certain ingredients in the food you’re eating. If you’ve struggled with acne for years and still haven’t found the underlying cause, it might be a good idea to talk to your doctor about trying an elimination diet in tandem with the skin care tips below! This involves eliminating ingredients like soy, grains, dairy, coffee, etc. from your diet and slowly reintroducing them to see which — if any — may be contributing to your breakouts.

What Can You Do in the Meantime?

Calm Facial Bar on a leaf

1. Wash Your Face Regularly

Between work, school, household chores, or whatever else you’re up to, it may seem like you don’t have enough time in your day to even wash your face. But every time you touch your face throughout the day, the dirt and oils from your hands can become trapped in your pores. Taking a few minutes out of your busy schedule to wash your face with a gentle cleanser may, in some cases, be the difference between continued acne flare-ups and clearer, smoother skin.

We know it’s hard to find a soap that won’t dry out your face or irritate acne-prone skin. That’s why we created the Calm Facial Bar to help you achieve a healthy, fresh-faced glow. Our luxurious bar soap is antibacterial, and purifies and gently cleanses your skin with high-quality ingredients, leaving it soft and moisturized.

2. Choose a Gentle Exfoliator

Learning how to exfoliate properly is an important step toward preventing breakouts. Exfoliating can help remove dead skin cells and unclog pores for a smoother, brighter complexion. However, there could be some ingredients in your favorite exfoliator that don’t work well with your skin type, which is where Ayr Skin Care comes in. Our vegan skin care products are formulated with sensitive skin in mind, meaning they’re gentle enough for all skin types.

If you’re looking to exfoliate your face, our Reveal Gentle Exfoliating Foam Facial Wash is a perfect choice. Combining fruit acids and other 100% vegan ingredients, this cleanser helps your skin look and feel amazing by supporting cell regeneration, unclogging pores, and removing toxins from your face while providing deep moisture. This face wash is safe, gentle, and non-toxic, so it’s less likely to irritate sensitive skin.

Pro tip: as you’re washing and exfoliating your face, be wary of over-scrubbing (also known as over-exfoliating)! Cleansing or exfoliating your skin too often or too harshly can weaken the skin’s natural barrier, which could make the breakouts you’re trying to avoid even worse. Typically, you’ll want to exfoliate your skin only once or twice per week!

Serenity Balancing Blue Tansy Facial Oil on a white flower

3. Moisturize Your Skin

It may seem counterintuitive if you have oily skin, but moisturizing is one of our most crucial acne prevention tips. Like oily skin, dry or dehydrated skin can cause acne flare-ups, as it over-activates the oil glands where bacteria can grow. If your skin is feeling a little parched, it might be worth trying a facial oil! Rich in vitamins and minerals that help keep your skin silky smooth, our Serenity Balancing Blue Tansy Facial Oil supports your skin by infusing it with moisture, fatty acids, antioxidants, and more!

4. Embrace the Natural Look by Going Makeup-Free

When makeup isn’t properly washed away at the end of the day, it can mix into the natural oils of your skin and cause blocked pores. That’s why rinsing off any makeup you use with a gentle face wash is a crucial step, though you can skip over it completely by going makeup-free and embracing your 100% natural beauty — even if it’s only occasionally!

Amp Up Your Skin Care Routine with Ayr Skin Care

It’s time to say goodbye to breakouts and hello to clear, beautiful skin! We hope these tricks will work wonders for your complexion, but if you have any questions or additional tips you’d like to share, feel free to reach out to our team at info@ayrskincare.com. We’d love to hear from you!

Bye for now!

Kirsten, xx

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