How To Prevent Acne: 5 Hacks You Need To Know

Whether you’re dealing with acne as a teen or a fully-fledged adult, we know just how frustrating and confidence-sapping it can be.

There’s rarely a single cause (hormones, diet, stress, and genetics can all play their part), but taking good care of your skin can really help in managing acne long-term.

Not sure where to start? We’ve rounded up our top hacks to help you outsmart your breakouts.

1. Cleanse (but not too much!)

Poor cleansing doesn’t necessarily cause acne, but getting this first step right can make a huge difference. Making sure your skin is free from makeup and impurities each evening will help to keep pores clear, and ward off blackheads and breakouts.

Cleansers targeted at acne-prone skin types can be too harsh and strip away protective oils, so always opt for a gentler approach first.

The Ordinary’s Squalane Cleanser is mild enough for daily use, blitzing makeup and leaving all skin types spotlessly clean. For best results, do a double cleanse every evening.

2. Get More Sleep

New pimples surfacing after a night out? That bottle of rosé and hungover pizza order may not be to blame. Lack of sleep is just as likely to trigger breakouts by increasing stress, stimulating our adrenal glands, and making skin extra oily.

Double up on the benefits of an early night by smoothing Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Sleeping Mask onto clean skin, before hitting the sack for a full 8 hours. 

3. Introduce An Acid

We love alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) for brightening skin, but their little sisters, beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), are our go-to for acne.

Both work on the ‘glue’ that holds dead skin cells together, but oil soluble BHAs can penetrate deeper into pores, helping to sweep away congestion and reduce blackheads.

Add a BHA, like The Ordinary’s Salicylic Acid 2%, to your routine a few times a week to help keep pores spotlessly clean.

4. Switch To Mineral Makeup

When you’re dealing with a monster breakout, it can be tempting to reach for the heaviest concealer you can find. But preservatives used to keep liquid formulas fresh can aggravate already inflamed skin, and some waxy ingredients are known to block pores.

If you’re battling persistent breakouts, try switching to a mineral foundation. With fewer ingredients than their liquid counterparts, they can help to reduce the risk of irritation.

Fragrance free and oil absorbing, Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation offers buildable coverage that’s ideal for camouflaging breakouts.

5. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Drink up! That means you and your skin.

It can be tempting to skip moisturisers when you’re dealing with an oily complexion, but hydrating ingredients can help to support the skin’s natural barrier. Keeping this protective layer healthy can, in turn, help to protect against breakouts.

Not convinced? Try a hyaluronic acid serum, like Revolution Skincare Plumping and Hydrating Serum 2% Hyaluronic Acid, for a hit of hydration without the heaviness.

Changes to your routine can take up to 6 weeks to take effect, but it’s always worth seeking the advice of a dermatologist if you’re not seeing results.