3 most common acne triggers: minimising acne

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Are you dealing with acne? No matter how many skincare products or facials you get, your skin just won’t clear up? Acne is mainly triggered by hormones, genetics and even your lifestyle choices. But, it is a very broad situation, some things may work for others but it wont work for you…but everybody can pick up these habits to at least minimise the flare-ups!

Pillowcase care

The bacteria and excess oils from your skin can transfer onto your pillowcase every night, and over time, these oils and bacteria build up, leading to clogged pores and breakouts.

The most effective way to prevent this is by frequently changing your pillowcase, at least once a week.

It's recommended to change your pillowcase more frequently if you have oily skin as the oil on the pillowcase can worsen the oil production in your skin. It’s also helpful to wash your pillowcases regularly in hot water to kill bacteria and germs.

It's also important to avoid materials like satin or silk cases as they can cause friction while you sleep which can be harsher on your skin. It’s better to use natural and breathable fabrics such as bamboo or cotton cases that can help prevent your skin from developing acne.

Sleeping pattern

Getting enough sleep and maintaining a good quality of sleep is essential for overall health and wellness, including your skin. Lack of sleep or poor sleep can cause a hormonal imbalance, which may trigger acne. In addition, sleep deprivation can cause the skin to age faster, leading to wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of early ageing. To prevent acne caused by sleep problems, it's crucial to aim for 7-9 hours of (good quality) sleep every night. To help with this, create a comfortable sleep environment. Keeping the room dark, cool, and quiet can help with relaxation and improve sleep.

In addition, invest in pillows, a mattress and a duvet/blankets that suit your needs, some like firm mattresses while others like soft and bouncy mattresses. This tip is entirely up to you!

It’s also important to consider what you do before sleeping. Avoid activities that could stimulate your brain, such as using your phone, browsing the internet, or having daily Netflix marathons. These activities can stimulate the brain into thinking it isn’t time to sleep. Instead, try reading a book or taking a warm bath before going to sleep.


Poor cleansing or not cleansing at all can cause a buildup of dirt, oil, and makeup, leading to clogged pores and acne. Cleansing is an essential step in any skincare routine, as it removes all the impurities that can contribute to acne.

It's important to cleanse your skin twice a day, once in the morning and once at night, using a gentle cleanser that's suitable for your skin type.

If you have oily skin, lean towards a cleanser that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to help reduce oil production. If you have dry or sensitive skin, use a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser that won't strip your skin of its natural oils. It's also important to use lukewarm water and gently massage the cleanser into your skin using your fingers in circular motions, avoid using a washcloth or sponge as they can be harsh and cause irritation.

It's also important to note that over-cleansing your skin can also be problematic. It can lead to dryness, flaking, and irritation, which can exacerbate acne. Cleansing your skin twice a day is usually the best for most people, but it's always good to pay attention to your skin and see how it responds to different products and frequencies.

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