6 Ways to Have Acne Free Skin

No picking, squeezing, or popping
No picking, squeezing, or popping

Dealing with acne can be stressful, especially when nothing seems to work and when your acne worsens with said stress.

Also, to make matters worse, breakouts always seem to make themselves known at very inconvenient times example the morning of a job interview, before a first date, on school picture day, and so on and so forth. But, while it may seem like a lost cause, there are ways to fight back and get rid of acne. That said, it’s less about products and more about lifestyle choices.

Curious to know more? We tapped a top New York City dermatologist to find out how to achieve acne-free skin. See her best acne tips, ahead.

1. Don’t touch Your face

Don’t touch Your face
Don’t touch Your face

According to Dr. Debra Jaliman, board-certified dermatologist, Assistant Professor of Dermatology Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and author of the book, Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist, touching your complexion is a big no-no. “Keep hands off your face, as there are bacteria on the fingers that get into your skin and cause breakouts,” says Jaliman.

 

2. Look for makeup with specific ingredients

Look for makeup with specific ingredients
Look for makeup with specific ingredients

Wearing makeup on top of acne can be a recipe for disaster and often lead to even more breakouts. With that in mind, Jaliman suggests using non-comedogenic makeup formulated with salicylic acid for those prone to blemishes.

 

3. No picking, squeezing, or popping — ever!

No picking, squeezing, or popping
No picking, squeezing, or popping

We hate to sound like a broken record, but picking, popping, or squeezing pimples can wreak havoc on your complexion. And, according to Jaliman, also cause scarring.

Instead of going to battle with your skin, try applying a topical acne treatment or deep-cleansing face mask.

 

4. Avoid touching your cell phone

Avoid touching your cell phone
Avoid touching your cell phone

Another thing to be wary about? Your cell phone. “Use earbuds for talking on the phone because [your cell phone is] full of bacteria,” says Jaliman.

 

5. Try an all-natural treatment

Try an all-natural treatment
Try an all-natural treatment

Looking for an all-natural treatment that targets acne? “Use a topical Manuka honey mask,” says Jaliman. “This gets rid of all the bacteria and inflammation,” she adds.

To use Manuka honey as a face mask, apply the sticky substance to your complexion as you would any other mask and leave it on for 15 minutes. Use a warm washcloth to remove and follow up with a toner and acne-fighting moisturizer.

 

6. Say no to dairy, sugar and highly processed foods

Say no to dairy, sugar and highly processed foods
fast food and unhealthy eating concept – close up of fast food snacks and coca cola drink on wooden table

When it comes to skincare, your diet matters. And, according to Jaliman, “it’s important to eat right.” Whether you are prone to breakouts, or not, Jaliman suggests avoiding things like dairy, sugar, and highly processed food for a clearer complexion.