How to avoid breakouts during exams

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Everyone hates pimples. They’re painful, annoying and they do nothing for your confidence. The bad news is you’re more likely to get them when you’re stressed out, but they can be prevented with a few easy steps.

Stay hydrated

Let’s break it down for you. Nearly two thirds of your body is made up of water. All these fluids either help the body absorb nutrients or get rid of waste and toxins. For this to happen and for these fluids to flow and function at optimum level, you need to drink a lot of water. Otherwise, you aren’t getting all your nutrients the way you should be and your body is struggling to eliminate waste, which could be toxic for your liver and kidneys and equally bad for your skin.

Beauty sleep

Your body is basically this huge machine that runs on a cause-and-effect type of system in order to maintain some sort of balance. So, if you don’t get enough sleep, it produces an oily substance called sebum to make up for this. Now you can imagine where all this oil will gather and cause major blockage if the body produces too much of this substance and that’s when we get breakouts. So the more rested you are, the healthier your skin will look and feel.

Wash your face frequently

We don’t have to tell you this twice, it’s important to wash your face about two times a day to get rid of any excess oils and dirt that can gather and cause dreadful pimples. It’s just as important to make sure that you moisturise afterwards so that your skin isn’t too dry.

Face wash and moisturisers don’t have to be super expensive, in fact the more gentle and natural they are, the better. You can also wash with plain water, glycerine soap or your green bar if you have sensitive skin but don’t have the budget for fancy products.

Eat right

You are what you eat right? Like we said, your body reacts to what you put into it, so if your diet consists of high sugar and oil foods, then your skin is in for some zits.

A balanced diet, consisting of fruit, vegetables, good carbs and protein will give you the zinc and iron your skin needs to be on its best glow. You’ll also have more energy to deal with all your exam demands. Winning!

Don’t be a pimple popper!

Seriously, don’t. It’s tempting, especially when a new blackhead appears from nowhere, we know. But it just makes everything worse.

Firstly, the dirt from your hands may affect the rest of your face, secondly, you’re going to spread the toxins from all the pus to other parts of your skin causing more pimples.

Thirdly, it’s kind of gross, don’t you think? So to prevent the worst from happening, keep your hands away from your face unless absolutely necessary.

Long story short, your skin is the largest organ in your body and whatever is happening on the inside, is bound to reflect on the outside. So even though exams are a major stressor, you can still take care of your body, avoid breakouts and keep that glow. But if for some reason, you’re worried your breakouts are due to more serious causes, we do advise that you consult a dermatologist.

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