Just when you thought you had left your temperamental teenage skin behind, you are introduced to another unwelcome guest, adult acne. Accumulation of excess oil and bacteria on your skin is the main cause of acne. Doesn’t matter whether you had acne during your teen years or not, it’s still possible that you’ll end up with adult acne. The thought of pimples-meeting-wrinkles itself can take your frustration one level up.

However, you’ll be happy to know that following a few lifestyle habits religiously can help clear adult acne sooner than you’d imagine. Here’s everything you need to know.

Habit #1: Cleanse… not more than twice a day
 

Habit #1: Cleanse… not more than twice a day

Doesn’t matter how crazy your workout session was, over-washing your face is a strict no-no! You’ll be surprised to know that your skin actually attempts to keep itself healthy and glowing, and works hard to ensure its pH level is balanced. Unfortunately, all its efforts are going waste when you’re cleansing five times a day. Overwashing dries out your skin, which in turn causes it to produce more oil to compensate.

Habit #2: Follow a simple skincare routine
 

Habit #2: Follow a simple skincare routine

The amount of skincare products out there can definitely lure you into buying more than your skin requires. Did you know? Using too many skincare products can actually upset your skin’s pH levels. A mild makeup remover, hydrating cleanser and lightweight moisturiser are the essential products you need in your skincare routine. You can obviously juggle products on some days by adding a serum or a cleansing gel in your regimen. However, avoid products with added fragrance and silicones as they can irritate your skin.

Habit #3: Wash your pillowcase
 

Habit #3: Wash your pillowcase

You'll be shocked to see just how dirty your pillowcase is under a microscope! It collects grime, oil and dirt every night as you sleep on it, and then your facial skin comes in contact with all of that for at least six to nine hours each night. *eww* It is, therefore, important that you wash your pillowcase regularly or else you’ll never be able to get rid of your acne, even after trying a zillion products and remedies to treat your skin.

Habit #4: Keep your food habits in check
 

Habit #4: Keep your food habits in check

If you’ve been on your own acne rollercoaster, you’d probably know what foods you should eat and what you should avoid. Acne is an inflammatory response, therefore, whatever your body struggles to process will have a direct impact on your skin and show immediately. Chocolate, fried foods, pizza, caffeine, nuts are all acne-causing foods, so, cut down their intake if you haven’t already!

Habit #5: Get enough vitamin D
 

Habit #5: Get enough vitamin D

While sunscreen holds an important place in your skincare routine, your skin still needs some vitamin D to maintain healthy skin. However, the amount of sun you need will vary on your skin tone. Since vitamin D has anti-inflammatory properties, it helps address the inflammatory symptoms of acne. Apart from a good dose of early morning sunlight, increase your intake of foods rich in vitamin D so that your acne can clear as fast as possible.