I struggled with acne since a teenager and into my early twenties, until I slowly discovered these rules that have nearly eliminated my acne entirely. I know your struggle, so I’m giving away this mini eBook entirely free. After you finish reading and understand this rule book, you will be able to instantly get started in making a massive reduction in your acne. But first, lets get this out of the way…
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With that out of the way, let’s get you started on achieving clear skin. Your main objective is as follows:
Main Objective To Reduce Acne = Protect Your Face From
Contaminants In Our Environment.
I’ve tried almost every acne cleanser, wash, medicine, cream, diet, and ritual that I’m sure you
have too but had extremely limited success with them. I’ve made numerous trips to multiple Dermatologists and
easily spent thousands on everything once you add it all up. I wasted hours and days of my life being frustrated. But, I refused to give up. Doctors and websites tried to tell me that the cause was genetics, hormones, disease, and all other sorts of garbage. I realized I had to do my own research and discover the solution for myself.
From my years of testing and research I have come to the conclusion that acne is almost entirely
caused by skin contaminants that block pores and irritate the skin enough to cause the defensive
biological reaction that we call acne. The problem is that our environment is more polluted than our
species and skin originally evolved and adapted to. This is due to the burning of fossil fuels, the heavy
use of plastics, and the development and use of unnatural and harmful synthesized chemicals. Our skin
did not evolve to be able to handle the extreme amount of contaminants present in our environment and
so it over reacts defensively both voluntarily and involuntarily through heavy acne reactions.
There are many different types of contaminants in our environment. I could go over all the
different types of contaminants but it doesn’t really matter. It doesn’t matter because they are so
numerous that knowing all the different types of contaminants doesn’t change the fight against them
and the solution to acne.
I used this theory to formulate this rule book and it has served me well. All you have to do is
understand and research how polluted our environment is and you will be just fine. The idea that acne
is caused by your genetics or has something to do with your physiology leaves you looking for the solution in the wrong place.
It’s important for me to note that none of these rules on their own will be super effective. It’s the
combination of all of them and working them into a natural routine that will get the job done. If you already happen to be implementing one of these rules then just keep following
it. I have tried to order these rules from most to least important but I really think they are all important
so don’t take any of them less seriously just because they come in at the end.
Rule 1: Secure Your Bed From Contaminants
The bed is acne’s home turf and is likely the source of the majority of your acne. Securing your
bed properly is going to result in a nice drop in acne and its not even a lot of work. You spend
anywhere from 5-8 hours every single night in your bed. If you’re like most people, you move around
at least somewhat when you’re falling asleep and of course while you sleep.
If you’re like 99.9% of people, you sleep laying down which means your face is probably
touching something at some point. If you sleep on your side that means your face could potentially be
resting and rubbing against something for 5-8 hours straight. If your bed is not clean that’s 5-8 hours of
rubbing and resting your face on contaminants. That’s why the vast majority of your acne is discovered
in the morning after sleeping.
Your number one target is your pillow cases. Once again, if you’re like 99.9% of people, you
probably rest your head on some pillows at night. Your pillows will be touching your face the most and
you need to treat them more like a dinner plate rather than a shoe. How often do you eat off the same
plate twice, days apart? How often do you wash your shoes?
The severity of your acne is going to help determine how often you should wash your pillow
cases. It’s definitely gross looking back, but at the height of my acne my pillow cases were washed
maybe once every two weeks. That means my face absorbed two full weeks of contaminants for years.
At minimum, I recommend washing them once every 3-4 days. If you follow the other rules in
this guide you can reduce you amount of times you need to wash them. You just have to find out what
works best for your acne. Changing sheets everyday is a definite possibility and a small trade off if
that’s what gets the job done. Go with at least once every 4 days in the beginning and work your way
more or less frequently from there.
After the pillow sheets you still need to secure the rest of the bed. Blankets and sheets should be
washed more frequently as well. If you get acne on parts of your body other than your face, you will
want to step up and wash everything more frequently here too. No matter what, wash blankets once
every two weeks. I know it can be a pain but as I will repeat, acne on your face is always more of a
pain. Sheets should be washed just as frequently as your pillow cases. You can often throw them in
together since they often match in color.
Now if you thought just washing everything was all you had to do to secure the bed, sorry but
You need to wash constantly because of contaminants. But where did the contaminants come
from? YOU! Well, mostly.
Washing your bed materials is the easy part. The hard part is reducing the amount of
contaminants that get into the bed in the first place. Fortunately I have some good guidelines for you that can get you
started and you can build off them as you go.
A.) ALWAYS be clean and wear clean, fresh clothes when getting into bed
You need to get into the habit of taking a shower before bed and wearing fresh, clean clothes. Clothes
you wore all day almost certainly absorbed contaminants and you’re just bringing a day’s worth of
contaminants right into bed. If it has been hours since you last showered, the odds are good you have
accumulated some contaminants somewhere. Every time you break this rule you add a little more
contaminants to your bed and give your acne a boost.
B.) Never let anything that has touched the floor into bed.
The floor is one of the most contaminated things you come into contact with. Just think about it.
Contaminants get stuck to shoes out in the world that goes largely uncleaned (sidewalks, streets, high
traffic floors) and then come right in your home and into your floor. Most people take their shoes off
when they enter their home, but everyone breaks this rule from time to time.
If you walk around your home barefoot, your foot is absorbing contaminants the whole time, which you
then bring right into bed. Fortunately the solution has already been invented and they’re cheap. Socks!
Start wearing socks and get used to them. You’ll find they actually become quite comfortable.
Wear socks everywhere and remove them before bed. The sock will keep your foot clean and absorb
most of the contaminants you step on.
I also wear slippers or flip flops around my house to avoid contact with contaminants.
C.) Don’t let animals and objects get on your bed.
After explaining the others do I even need to explain this one? Something like a backpack is often
placed on dirty floors and it’s impractical to wash them even somewhat regularly. Just keep everything
out of bed that isn’t you and clean.
D.) Remove Make Up Before Sleeping
Make up absorbs a lot of contaminants throughout the day so if you fail to remove it before bed you’ll
be laying your face all over contaminants all night.
A clean bed is going to help a lot with your acne and from my experience it is impossible to
significantly reduce acne without securing it.
Rule 2: Learn How To Effectively & Safely Wash Your Face
No matter what, contaminants are going to get on your face. That’s why we wash. Unfortunately
it is truly remarkable how no one seems to know or understand how to effectively and safely wash their
face. You absolutely must use a wash cloth as your fingers are too soft and not abrasive enough to remove contaminants from your face. Every single acne wash product on the shelves tells you to wash your face using your hands. It simply doesn’t work.
So check it out. Soap and facial cleansers only do two things. One, is to create a slick and wet
surface so something can pass across the skin with relative ease and not get stuck. Two, is to agitate
the contaminants on your skin so they can more easily be removed.
The problem is that every doctor I’ve seen and every acne wash product directions I’ve read tell
you to wash your face with your hands. Go ahead and feel your hands right now. Soft right? Your
hands are way too smooth to rub contaminants off your face.
If you’ve been washing your face by rubbing it with your hands, you’ve been doing absolutely
nothing. Face washes help agitate contaminants but the contaminants need further agitation to fully remove
Think about some practical examples. When you wash a window with Windex, do you use your
hand or a paper towel? When you wash a car do you use your hand or a sponge? I mean, just feel your
hand! Its pretty soft and non abrasive. It’s easily less abrasive than your average napkin.
What you need is something that can remove contaminants and not be too
abrasive and damage your skin. You really don’t want to grab those rough body sponges that are in those like, .99 cent bins at
Walmart. Those WILL cause micro scratches your face and result in more acne.
You really need to get something very natural and soft that’s of good quality. I high recommend the following below and use these everyday on my face and body. Keep in mind that I get nothing for recommending these to you so you can rest easy knowing I’m not some paid off dermo.
My Face Sponge Recommendation
Earth Therapeutics Purifying Charcoal Vegetable Body Sponge
You can find them at Bed, Bath & Beyond or on Amazon at the link below.
Notes:I haven’t found any sponge that comes close to this one. It’s got the perfect level of abrasion! It
will remove all your contaminants and it’s soft enough that you pretty much can’t damage your skin by
using it too roughly.
I also love that they are 100% earth friendly & green because they are made with plants. They also
contain medicinal charcoal. The benefit of the charcoal is that it helps prevent the growth of bacteria
while the sponge sits wet after use.
They last about 3-5 weeks depending on a few things like whether you squeeze the water out after use
and how hard you press it. I strictly use this sponge only on my face. I find it’s not abrasive enough for
the body, which leads me to my next recommendation…
My Body Sponge Recommendation
Earth Therapeutics Hydro Exfoliating Towel
You can find them at Bed, Bath & Beyond or on Amazon at the link below.
Notes: This bath towel is the perfect washing tool for those with acne. It’s abrasive enough to remove contaminants without scratching your skin. It’s a staple in many Asian cultures.
The best thing about this towel for helping your acne, is that it has small porous holes throughout it’s entire structure, which allows it to fully dry out shortly after you use it. The problem with most bath sponges and products is that they are never able to dry out after you use them, so they end up building up larges amounts of bacteria that you eventually rub all over yourself as you wash.
At minimum, pick up the face sponge! Whenever you take a shower or wash your face, make sure you
use it and you will begin to see results. I found that I no longer need acne washes or facial washes in
general. I just use regular soap or body wash and it works perfectly. You can still try an acne wash but
as we know, they don’t work. Using them with a sponge might make them work but they dry out your
skin like crazy.
The whole point of washing is just to safety remove contaminants. These sponges will allow you to do
that and you will start to realize that what soap you use isn’t all that important. As long as the soap isn’t
really harsh and agitates contaminants while creating a smooth surface, it’s good to go.
Once you start using these sponges and see the results, I bet you will always have one in your
bathroom. You can also look into other types of sponges, Just make sure they aren’t too abrasive and be
sure to replace them regularly. All in all, just stop using your hands.
Rule 3: Lotion Is Your Wax
Dermatologists constantly recommend lotion as a solution for acne. They generally tell you that
your acne is the result of dry skin. While lotion definitely helps with acne control, it’s a preventative
tool, not a solution. Acne is caused by contaminants, not dry skin. Because if it was caused by dry skin then lotion would instantly cure it. They doctors blindly tell you to slather it on and if not used properly, lotion can increase your acne levels.
Lotion is only useful if it is used as a protective sealant over clean skin. Think of how you use
car wax. You always wax over cleanly washed paint. You don’t try to wax a dirty car. You need to think
of lotion as a wax you use to seal and protect your skin from dirt.
Lotion should only be applied directly after washing your skin with clean fingers. Less is also
more. You only need a thin covering to be adequately protected. If you use too much, you will start to
block your pores. A light covering of lotion will still allow your skin to breathe.
I recommend Cetaphil, but you’re really free to use whatever you want. The less “heavy” the
lotion, the better. I like Cetaphil because it’s lightweight and easily washed off with water. Body
“butter” lotions tend to be thick and odds are that they will clog your pores. Anything that is nice and
liquid will work well. Avoid lotions with strong fragrance because fragrance tends to be oil based.
Rule 4: Learn To Shave Properly
Unfortunately in today’s society, a lot of people, particularly men, are not taught how to
properly shave. For people who don’t have sensitive skin, this doesn’t damage them too much. If you
have sensitive skin and aren’t taught how to shave, you almost certainly will increase your acne levels
pretty significantly if you shave the wrong way. This rule will serve as quick mini guide for shaving
your face and can be applied to most parts of the body. This guide will assume you are a guy because
I’m not qualified to advise women on shaving their faces and odds are if you’re a women you don’t even
have to shave your face. I implore you to research more to suit your needs after reading this.
First off, if you’re using one of those electric shavers with the rotating heads, please get rid of
that thing right away. It’s amazing how many people go out and buy those things and don’t
know anything about properly shaving. The fact is that those things are contaminant
heaven. They are close to impossible to keep clean. They also having spinning rotors which after you
read this mini guide you will realize are absolutely not what you want. You simply cannot safely and
properly shave your face with a spinning blade and by doing so you will scratch your face and damage
your skin every single time you use the thing.
You need to follow the following three main steps: Prep, Shave, Finish.
The tools you will need are:
-Shaving Cream: I recommend a natural one but anything is fine really.
-Razor: Blades are impossible to keep clean and sharp forever, so you need to get used to using disposals. You
should be changing your razor or razor blade once every 1-1.5 weeks. That’s about how long they last. By about 1-1.5 weeks, the razor will be dull and unevenly sharp. This results in an uneven and more dangerous shave for your skin, which will irritate and often scratch the skin. It is much more expensive than trying to use the same razor for weeks on end but you can either do it the right way or mess up your skin.
-Anti-Fog Shower Mirror: (If possible, get one)
-Face Wash Materials: See Rule # 2
Step 1: Prep
I highly recommend you shave in your shower. To do this, all you need is an anti-fogging mirror that can
be picked up relatively cheaply at places like Bed Bath & Beyond and Target. If you can’t get one you
can still follow this guide but it’s just more of a pain.
Warm up your face by letting warm water run over your skin for at least 30 seconds. Warm water helps
smooth out your skin which makes it easier to use a blade without cutting yourself. Then apply your
shaving cream. Less is more, all you need is a soft layer between your skin and the blade. Shaving
cream is just there so that the razor doesn’t get caught on your skin. If the razor does get caught, you get
a scratch and you’ll breakout.
Step 2: Shave
This is the most important step because when you mess this up, you damage your skin which results in
acne. To properly begin, you need to run your razor with the grain. The grain is the direction in which your
facial hair is growing. If you look closely in the mirror you can actually see it.
For 90% of your facial hair, the grain will be downwards. So to start, you need to shave with the grain
downwards on all your facial hairs.
You should never have to apply more than soft pressure to your blade. The blade should just be making contact with
the skin. If you push the razor into your skin to the point where your skin gets indented, you’re doing it
wrong. Even if you don’t see or feel a cut and bleed, you are likely making micro scratches that result
in acne. This is why electric razors don’t work because there is too much distance between your skin
and the blade, so you have to press the thing into your skin to get it to work. That results in grinding
contaminants into your skin and damaging your skin at the same time.
After you shave with the grain, you can shave in the opposite direction against the grain. Go slow and
don’t force the razor. If it feels like it’s getting stuck too much, that’s a sign it may have lost it’s edge
and needs replacing. It sucks, but blades don’t last long. The longer you use the blade, the more dull
and uneven it becomes which increases the chances that you will scratch your skin. The newer and
sharper the blade, the better. It’s also a sign that you may not be shaving properly so if you’re doing this
proper method for the first time, there will probably be strong resistance when shaving upwards.
Truth be told, if you can avoid shaving against the grain, you should. Try just shaving with the
grain for at least a couple weeks and allow your skin to adapt. The more you do it, the closer the shave
you will get. You will also dramatically reduce skin irritation and thus reduce acne levels.
I’ve gotten to the point where I am able to get a good shave just going with the grain. Not shaving against the grain significantly has reduced the amount of stress and damage my skin experiences and I have seen a strong reduction in acne since.
Step 3: Finish
To finish, simply follow Rule # 2 on washing your face and Rule # 3 on using lotion.
Again, I implore you to do more research outside this guide. The main thing I want to do is make you
realize that shaving is slightly more complicated than just quickly running a razor over your skin. Not
only that, but it’s not something you really want to mess with because if you get the process wrong, you’re
going to get acne. If you aren’t shaving properly and you’re using the wrong tools, it’s probably one of
the main contributors to your acne. The fact that dermatologists don’t first ask you how you’re shaving
is just ridiculous. Don’t leave this to anyone else, do some research and get the proper materials at all costs.
Rule 5: Clean Your Keyboard, Mouse, Steering Wheel, & Anything Else Touched Frequently
There was a study, you can look it up yourself, but basically they found that the average cell
phone is a lot dirtier than the average toilet seat. Ew. We touch our phones a lot. Probably more than
anything when you really think about it. Same goes for a lot of other things like our computers, door
knobs, and steering wheels.
Anything that is touched a lot on a daily basis must be cleaned just as proportionately. These
objects are breeding grounds for bacteria and contaminants. Keeping the things you touch often nice
and clean is going to go a long way to help your acne. Lysol and anti bacteria wipes are great for most
I clean my phone by spraying a small amount of Lysol disinfectant on a paper towel and
carefully buffing both the front and back while avoiding the speaker holes and charge ports. I also use a
small amount of dish soap on a paper towel as a degreaser.
I use the same process on my keyboard and mouse when the computer is off and clean my
steering wheel once every two weeks. All of this takes minimal effort and helps a lot with acne. Not
only that, but you will also get sick less often.
Rule 6: Stop Using Anything Labeled As An Acne Product
I have some news for you. Acne products don’t work. If they did, there would not be a million different
types on the shelves. And you know, you’d never need to buy another one because if it worked, then it
would work! They all just use clever marketing to take advantage of your desperation and hope. After
fully reading this guide you will see why they don’t work.
Not only do they not work, they are harsh on the skin and typically expensive. They dry out your skin
and often cause irritation. If they worked you wouldn’t be reading this guide now would you?
Rule 7: Watch Out What You Put In Your Hair
I think this might be the least understood acne prevention rule around. After I switched to all
natural body sponges and started following all the cleaning rules in this guide, I was still getting some
occasional acne and it didn’t really make sense to me. All I knew was that the occasional spikes
occurred mostly on warmer days. Somehow contaminants were getting onto my face.
That’s when I realized the problem. I was using regular brand hair gel from time to time to style
my hair. Hair gel is without a doubt a facial contaminant. The chemicals in virtually all hair care
products are very sticky and trap contaminants in your skin as well as being contaminants themselves.
The contaminants were getting on my face every time I started sweating. Even if it was just a
little sweat, they found their way onto my face because I would do a quick wipe of the forehead with
my hand and then touch my face at some point.
When you sweat, your sweat loosens up some of the product in your hair which then causes it
to make it’s way onto your face. This can happen even if you don’t sweat a lot or it’s not hot out. If you
workout and have product still in your hair, as you sweat your face becomes covered with contaminants
and they soak right into your skin. Even if you shower after the workout, the products can be difficult to
remove from your skin.
The good news is that you don’t have to stop using hair care products. There are quite a few
good natural products now available from major brands. I prefer Garnier’s Fructis Style Pure Clean Gel.
You can find them at Target, Walmart, Bed, Bath & Beyond or on Amazon at the link below.
I can style my hair the same as with regular gels and it doesn’t cause breakouts. A good test for
hair care products is to test whether you can easily wash them off your hands with just water. Natural
product tend to wash off with just water whereas regular gels require some scrubbing because they
are so greasy.
Be more aware of what you put in your hair and keep your hair as natural and as clean as
possible when you know you are going to be sweating. Washing your hair before working out is not a
bad idea at all. You don’t want to have contaminants soaking themselves into your skin for up to an
hour or more at a time.
Rule 8: Stop Smoking
Smoking is an effective way of dispersing contaminants evenly all over your face and your hands.
When you burn anything, you are changing the state of the matter that is burning. Smoke is made up of
thousands of little pieces of whatever you’re burning and they will contaminate your skin. Not to
mention, it’s pretty gross. If you’re going to smoke, you’ll need to thoroughly wash your face and hands
shortly afterwards. You can easily research this too, look up photos of life long smokers and potheads
and you’ll see that they all have bad skin. This one is pretty easy.
Rule 9: Workout on a Regular Basis
This is a pretty easy rule and you probably already know it, but it’s still important. You need to make
sure you get some good cardio in at least once every 3 days. Whatever you do, make sure you build up
a nice sweat and get your heart rate and body temperature up. Good cardio opens up the pores and
makes them easier to clean.
Rule 10: Stop Touching Your Face, But Focus More On Clean Hands
Doctors are always telling you to stop touching your face but the fact is that we all are going to
do it no matter what. Sometimes you have an itch, sometimes something gets stuck in your eye, and so
on. You should definitely train yourself to stop touching your face as much, no question, but if your
fingers are clean, then touching your face isn’t as big of a deal.
I highly recommend you head over to your local Bath & Body Works and pick up some pocket
sized hand sanitizers. I use them frequently throughout the day and I make sure I wash my hands a lot.
If I touch my nose at all, I go wash my hands. If I touch anything even remotely public, I wash my
hands. Let people call you a clean freak, you’ll be a clean freak with no damn acne!
Also keep in mind that picking your skin will cause more acne. Anything more than a light touch of the skin can and probably will grind contaminants right in there. Also when you pick, you will likely pull off any protective layer of lotion or make up on the skin and thus expose the skin to contaminants.
But seriously, make an effort to keep your hands much, much cleaner than you are now. Wash
your hands a lot and always have some hand-sani on you that you use frequently.
Rule 11: Use A Degreaser After Touching Anything Oily
You need to become better friends with Dawn Dish Soap. It’s a great degreaser and will help you in
your fight against acne. Regular hand soap tends to be good at killing bacteria and making your hands smell nice, but it’s not enough to
remove grease. Every time you eat fast food and just wash your hands in the bathroom, you probably
still have grease on your fingers, even if they feel clean. Most dish soaps like Dawn do a great job at
removing oils and greases. You should also degrease your fingers after doing any kind of work outside
and touching your hair. Your body naturally produces grease on your hair follicles so every time you
touch your hair you’re probably picking up a small amount of grease.
Rule 12: Reduce Your Dairy Consumption
I have minimal evidence to support this rule beyond my own experiences so take this as you will.
I read a lot about how your diet affects your acne levels and so I tried pretty much any advice I could
find. I can tell you pretty confidently that your diet plays no major role in whether you have acne. It’s
all about contaminants. Fast food gets blamed for acne and I can see why. A lot of it is finger food and
it’s greasy so that grease can make it’s way onto your face. But as long as you properly wash your hands
after eating fast food it won’t cause acne.
I used to train like an Olympic athlete and would workout at intense levels twice per day. While I was
doing that I tried a wide range of diets. I’ve eaten completely vegan, vegetarian, and all mixes in
between for weeks on end. I’ve also eaten a crap load of fast food and garbage for weeks straight.
I noticed no material change in acne levels during any of my diets. The only time it flares up is if I have
too much dairy on a daily basis. I used to drink milk daily and when I stopped I saw an almost instant
reduction in acne. Cheese can create some issues but from my experience it’s really the milk that
creates issues. This includes whole and skim milk because with my crazy diets I tried both.
Just give it a try and avoid milk for a week or two. It’s super fattening and expensive so no matter what
you’ll save while you avoid it. Also avoid yogurts, especially as a breakfast. The stuff is not healthy by
any means, it’s literally just another form of milk, look at the packaging. Reducing the amount of cheese you eat may help as well.
Rule 13: Watch Out When You Pick Your Nose (lol but seriously)
We all do at some point. Most of the time we just kind of do it and move on. But this is actually an important area
that needs to be reviewed.
Your boogies are literally there to absorb contaminants from the air and stop as many contaminants as
they can from getting to your lungs. They are literally biological filters and they’re pretty good.
Every time you pick you’re adding a concentrated dose of contaminants to your fingers. Oops. You
need to wire your brain so that when you pick, you go wash your hands right after. If you’re one of
those, needs to pick at any moment type of people, you need to then carry around some hand sani and
wash your fingers with that after the love session with your nose.
This is a gross one, but it’s important.
Rule 14: Keep Car Vents Closed
Go take a look at any car’s exhaust pipe. You can even go as far as swiping a paper towel in there
(when the car is completely cold) and you will see a ton of soot on the towel. Just because you don’t see
the contaminants coming out of an exhaust pipe, they’re there and in the air. These contaminants are bad for your skin.
How bad? I have absolutely no evidence for you other than that it can’t be good for your skin to rub
exhaust soot all over your face.
Most cars have a recirculate button that significantly reduces the amount of outside air that comes into the car. Whenever you’re on a high
traffic road, just make sure you press that button. Exhaust contaminants are going to be more numerous
on highways and high traffic roads, pretty simple.
This is probably the least important rule in this book so take it as you will. It definitely can’t hurt
Rule 15: (Variable) Learn to Constantly Analyze Your Environment
I can’t give you everything I do, nor can I account for how you live your life. I give you these rules I use so you can see how I applied/apply my theory to my life. In addition to these rules, you need to perform a deep analysis on your own environment. You need to really think about and look at everything you encounter on a regular basis and identify the things that relate to your skin. Once you have identified something that may be affecting your skin, the main thing you need to do is simply keep it clean and free of contaminants. Let me give you some examples of things that weren’t effecting my skin but could be effecting yours.
-Old/dirty shower head or faucet – Shower heads can be a massive breeding ground for bacteria and can also build up large amounts of contaminants. Anything that gets wet and doesn’t have a chance to fully dry out can be a problem for your skin. You should always run your shower head for at least 30 seconds before you shower so any left over gunk can be diluted and hopefully pushed out.
-Door knobs – When was the last time you cleaned the door knobs in your home? All it takes is them being touched by an unclean hand once for them to become a small, but contributing source of contaminants.
-Your washer/dryer – When was the last time your washer or dryer was cleaned? How actually clean are your clothes?
-Your car keys – We tend to freely put our keys anywhere, on any surface, and then never clean them. They can be another small but contributing source of contaminants.
I think you get the picture. Pretty much anything you touch or interact with needs to be analyzed. If you check your shower head and find that it is filthy inside or on the nozzles, obviously that could be contributing to your upset skin.
Question everything you touch with your hands or that directly or indirectly comes in contact with your skin and treat everything as a threat. Let people call you a neat freak, you won’t care at all when your skin is clear of acne.
I sincerely hope these rules help you get rid a significant portion, if not almost all of your acne. I follow
all these rules on a daily basis and although once in a while I slip up, my acne levels have dropped to
almost nothing. I have even tested doing the opposite of these rules and instantly got breakouts. The
main one was trying out an electric razor again which resulted in an instant outbreak.
Follow the theory and give this all a shot. At minimum, you will be cleaner and more green because of
all the natural products I recommend.
A brief list of refresher bullet points:
-Keep your bed as clean as possible, particularly your pillow covers. Wash pillow covers twice a week, everything else at least once every 1-2 weeks
-Don’t get into your bed unless you are freshly showered and in clean clothes.
-Remember that your hands and fingers are NOT effective washing tools, they are not abrasive enough to remove dirt and contaminants from your face
-Clean everything you touch on a regular basis, especially your phone + computer
-Learn how to shave
-Wash your hands 10x more than you currently are
If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments below and I’ll answer them as soon as I can!!