Friday, January 23, 2015

Fix It: Acne

Today’s post is about some extra tips to getting you closer to clear skin. I have always had a struggle with acne, especially in my teen years. I thought that as I got older it would go away, but even in my late twenties, I was still dealing with acne. However, over the past six months or so, my skin has started to look sooo much better and I believe today’s tips have a lot to do with that. I would also highly recommend reading last week’s post (click HERE). Since oil and acne tend to go hand in hand, those tips will also help to heal and prevent acne.

First, these tips are mostly for people with moderate acne issues. If you have severe acne, you could try these tips and see if they help, but since my acne wasn't severe I can’t really say if these will make a huge difference or not. If nothing seems to help then you may want to consult a doctor.

Eat healthy. I know this is a statement we hear a lot and I’ll admit I’m not perfect with my eating habits, but I have noticed that even making small changes has helped. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water and eating the right foods to get the right nutrients that your body needs to be healthy. If you aren't being healthy on the inside, it’s going to show on the outside.

Follow directions. I know how it can be; you purchase a product meant to heal acne and use it constantly hoping the acne will go away faster. STOP. If you overuse these products they can actually dry out and irritate your skin. Dry and irritated skin won’t get rid of acne but it can actually make it worse. Follow the directions and be patient.

Find the right products for your age. The products you use as a teenager are not necessarily going to be the right products if you’re in your twenties or thirties. Your skin changes as you age and so should your skin care products. For example, benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are known to help acne. You can use a higher percentage of these ingredients when you are younger because your skin is stronger. As you age, your skin becomes thinner and more sensitive so the higher percentage of these ingredients will cause irritation. It can be easiest to consult a skincare professional since they are trained on knowing what ingredients are right for your age. I decided to go a different route and luckily, it worked out for me (click HERE).    

Use facial oil. I know that tea tree oil is great because of it cleansing abilities. I have tried it in the past and it definitely helped, but be careful because tea tree oil can cause dryness if you use too much. For the past few months I have been using jojoba and rose hip oil. They have helped my skin immensely. I would highly recommend trying out the jojoba oil or rose hip oil first since they aren't drying.

Lastly, exfoliate. Exfoliating will remove dead skin cells which, if not removed, can clog up your pores and cause acne. Don’t use an exfoliator every day because it can be too rough. Use a very mild exfoliator once or twice a week at most. I make my own which is fairly gentle and very moisturizing. Find the recipe HERE (p.s. the coconut oil in the scrub can also help to heal and prevent acne).

Following these steps has really been a game changer for me. My skin is not 100% clear but it’s tremendously better than it was a year ago. I now rarely get breakouts and when I do, it’s maybe one or two pimples. I know that preventing and healing acne can be a real chore but just keep trying. Know your skin and do research on products and ingredients. Gaining that knowledge will really help you out. Thanks for ready and hope you found this helpful.

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