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Welcome to Super Basics

Just starting out? Don’t stress — here’s what you need to know about skincare.

Avoid touching your face
Touching your face with dirty hands can deposit debris, oils, and bacteria onto the skin and lead to future breakouts (maybe even infections). Unless you’re in the shower or working your way through your skincare routine with clean hands, it’s always best to keep them off your face.

Drinking water helps the body rid itself of toxins through natural processes (like sweat and going to the bathroom). It also helps keep organs sufficiently hydrated so they can function properly — and skin is your body’s largest organ, after all.

Eat a healthy balanced diet

It’s no secret: Keeping up a healthy diet rich in essential vitamins and nutrients is important for overall bodily health, and it may also benefit the skin.

Lean Proteins
Fried foods
Oily foods
Get a full night's rest each night
Reduce stress
We get it — a lot of times, stress feels like it’s out of our control (and sometimes it is!). But when prolonged, feelings of stress can cause inflammation throughout the body, skin included. Unfortunately for all of us, it’s well known that stress and acne are linked; stress can both cause breakouts and make them worse. So, take a minute to check in with yourself whenever you need it.

Wash your makeup brushes!

Dirty makeup brushes are breeding grounds for bacteria and other microorganisms, which can exacerbate acne or even cause flare-ups, as well as other skin infections (like staph). This yuckiness can start forming after just one use, as makeup, oil and bacteria from the skin build-up on the bristles. .

Ideally, aim to deep clean all of your makeup brushes once a week. Brushes that are used with creamy products (like tinted moisturizer) should be cleaned even more often.

It can feel tedious and annoying, but taking the time to clean your brushes thoroughly equals less bacteria, which equals less acne. Here’s how to do it properly, in just six steps:

Wet the bristles with lukewarm water.

Place a drop of cleanser (use one that is mild and unscented) into the palm of your clean hand.

Gently massage the tips of the bristles in your palm, and rinse throughouly.

Squeeze out the excess moisture with a clean towel.

Re-form the brush head back into its original shape.

Let the brush dry with its bristles hanging off the edge of a counter to retain the correct shape.

Wash your pillow case often

Like anything else that transfers dirt and oil to your skin, pillowcases can be the cause of acne.

Acne mechanica is any type of acne that is the result of material or objects touching your face. When your pillowcase isn't laundered or changed regularly, a build-up of dirt and oil from the environment as well as your skin and hair touching the pillow is transferred back to your skin. This can clog pores and cause blemishes.

Pillow best practices:

Wash your face every night.

Sleep on pillowcases made out of natural fabrics.

Launder your pillowcases every week at minimum.

Your Shampoo can cause acne!

If you’re getting acne around your hairline, on your shoulders or upper back, hair products may be the culprit. Shampoos, conditioners, gels, mousses and hair sprays all contain ingredients that can clog up pores and cause problems.

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Tip #1

Avoid pore-clogging ingredients like:

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Tip #2

Wash your face after you’ve shampooed and conditioned your hair.

Tip #3

Use care when styling hair — you don’t want to accidentally transfer the products from your hands to your face.

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Tip #4

Avoid touching or playing with your hair and then touching your skin.