Sucks to be a girl huh?
If you can avoid bc, please do. It's a hormonal nightmare. It makes us emotional rollercosters. Plus, a lot of women get nasty headaches out of it (myself included).
Here are a few tips I've learned over the years...
Clean sheets and pillow are actually important. The oil really builds up on them and can cause breakouts. Change sheets once a week to help. And make sure you're using the right kind of detergent (something unscented and gentle is prefered) and not a lot of softener. I use free and clear softener sheets, but go with whatever you like best.
What about your hair? If it's oily, hangs in your face, or isn't washed with the right shampoo for your hair, it can actually cause breakouts.
What about washing? Makeup is full of germs by the end of the day, so clean your face well and use a light mosturizer (I use half a pump of Nutragena) to replace the mosture your makeup has sucked out of your skin. Wash your face with white Dove bar soap and rinse well every night rather you wore makeup or not. Try using washcloths that were washed with little to no fabric softener as the rough texture is better for cleaning your face and body.
Diet and stress can cause breakouts. Try charting to find your triggers. Being overweight generally affects us girls too because we store several things inside fat cells including estrogen which effects mood, fertility, and skin (amoung other things). Remember that being underweight effects mood and fertility too, so if you're within 20lb of the correct weight (measured by a professional, not the generic doctor chart) you're fine.
This may sound like my oddest sugestion out of the lot, but a little natural sunlight and exercise can help. Sweating can help flush oils out of pores (it helped me anyway) as long as you clean up after. Sunlight has psycological and vitamin benifits as long as you don't over do it. 30 minutes a day is the recomended minimum although as little as 15 minutes can help your body get in better balance. At the very least, it will help naturally reduse stress.
Hope that helped :)
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