You have spent your entire life listening to people tell you that you need to wash your face. If you are anything like the rest of us, washing your face is not the most enjoyable activity and making time to do it every day feels like a hassle. Taking the time to wash your face before going to bed is a chore–even if the memories of fighting acne all through puberty are still fresh. The problem is that, in order to keep your pores free of dirt, bacteria and other debris, you need to wash your face regularly. Do you want to have a breakout as an adult? Here are a few hints to help you keep your skin healthy.

Take steps to ensure that your all of your bedding is clean. Keeping the bedding and linens clean is not something that some people find all that important. Try not to make this type of living a habit if you are prone to acne. You will want to wash your linens, especially your pillowcases every few day or two. Dirt and other pore clogging debris can get into your face while you sleep and keeping your linens clean helps to prevent this. Make sure you always wear clean clothes and pajamas. It seems silly, but if you are prone to breakouts, sometimes all it takes to start a fresh one is wearing the same shirt a couple of days in a row.

Try not to let your hands touch your face. Most of us don’t realize just how often we touch our faces during the day. Acne issues can partly be blamed on how much time people let their hands rest on their faces. Think back. Touching your face after you touch an object is sort of like resting your face on the object that you touched. Your hands always have a thin layer of oil on them and when you rest your face in your hands, you are transferring that oil into your pores. This is one of the best ways for flu germs to travel–a sick person uses an object and then puts it down, leaving some germs behind so that when you then use the same object the germs are transferred to your hands and then later to your face when you touch your face with your hands! Keep your hands away from your face!

If you are a habitual face toucher at least make sure that you keep your hands clean. Keep the zits away by washing your hands a lot throughout every day.

You might already have the perfect remedy in your kitchen or bathroom. Have you ever tried using toothpaste on a zit before? Once a zit or pimple is completely formed, squeeze some toothpaste onto it and leave it alone overnight. The zit should be much smaller in the morning (do not try this if you have pets who might try to lick the toothpaste off of your face while you sleep, doing so could make them sick). Egg whites, when used as facial cleansers can do wonders for your acne. Try making a mask with your egg whites if dabbing them directly onto an existing breakout doesn’t clear it up.

You can choose the best method of treating your acne. Some people swear by harsher cleansers while others opt for natural remedies. Still others insist that a simple balanced diet and getting enough exercise should be enough to keep the acne away. You might not find the perfect acne remedy right away so don’t be afraid to try different things. It shouldn’t take too long before you discover the acne remedy that works best for you. Keep trying and before you know it your skin will be acne free!