Tips and Tricks to Fight Acne
October 24th 2018
I’m finally back with a new post! It has been a while, but I’m ready to get back into it. Over the past 2 months I have been struggling with a hormonal breakout, so since it’s been on my mind I thought I would share some of my tips and tricks for how I battle stubborn acne. I want to start by explaining that I used to struggle with cystic acne in my early teens and through out most of high school. Because of that, acne has been one of my biggest insecurities for as long as I can remember. Over the years, I have discovered what works, what doesn’t work, when you need something natural and when you need the strong stuff. I have tried it all. Drugstore, organic and natural, expensive, and even prescription. You name it, I’ve tried. One of my biggest struggles is the fact that I am allergic to benzoyl peroxide, which is in almost every acne fighting product because it is probably the strongest ingredient you can get without going to the dermatologist. So with all that said, here is what I have found works the best.
Drink a lot of Water
This is super important when you want to clear acne, especially a bad breakout. Drinking water is going to help your body cleanse itself of all the toxins. This simple act is also going to help moisturize the skin which will in turn decelerate skin aging. It is also just a good healthy habit to fuel your body.
If you are putting bad things in your body, bad things are going to come out i.e. pimples. There are a lot of foods that can lead to the buildup of acne, the number one thing being dairy. Dairy combined with processed foods and sugar will disrupt your insulin levels causing you to be more prone to acne. Try cutting out dairy, refined sugars, and even gluten for 2 weeks and see how your skin reacts!
Always Wash Your Face Before Bed
Always, always, always wash your face before bed! Especially if you are wearing makeup! Letting all that stuff sit on your face and seep into your pores during the night is just asking for them to get clogged. Even if you don’t wear makeup you should still wash your face before bed because, whether you mean to or not, you are touching your face throughout the day. It could be an itch or be resting your face on your hand, but whatever germs or bacteria are on your hands you’ve just transferred to your face. Wash your face so your skin can breathe and relax at night while you are sleeping.
Make sure to wash your face after you workout
Make sure to keep your towels that you dry your face with clean as well. Wash at least once a week
Give Your Products a Chance
I know it can be frustrating waiting for acne to clear up and everyone wants something that is going to work overnight, but in reality there is not product that is truly going to do that. You have to commit to a skincare routine and stick with it for at least 2 weeks, maybe even 3 to really see if the products are making a difference. Also some products may unclog your pores by bringing the bad stuff to the surface causing more of a breakout. Your skin is purging and it’s a good thing. Give it time. I recommend taking photos of your skin throughout the process because I think it is the best way to really see the results. It’s hard to notice some changes when you look at yourself in the mirror everyday and easier to see change if you looked at a photo from day 1 vs day 14.
I will list some of my favorite products that have made the biggest difference for me down below
Let Your Skin Breathe
This is something I definitely struggle with because the first thing I want to do when I see a pimple is cover it up. I don’t want to walk around with this big red bump or even white head on my face, but really putting makeup over it is just going to make it worse. So let your skin breathe. If you have a day where you are home or just spending time with family and friends, skip the makeup. Your pimple probably isn’t as bad as you think anyway.
Here are some of the products I use/my favorite for fighting acne!
Cleanser - A good cleanser is the #1 thing you need.
Toner - I only have one recommendation because it is the best thing for fighting acne. I believe this was the reasonsI cleared up my cystic acne. It is seriously amazing.
Thayer’s Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Toner - Put some on a cotton pad and apply it to your face after cleansing. Witch Hazel is one of the best acne treatments because it helps remove excess oil from the skin. It comes in lavender, coconut water, unscented or my favorite rose. It can also be use to treat razor burn or ingrown hairs.
Serum/Oils - This isn’t a necessary step, but there are some that you may want to use in the beginning stages of clearing your acne or after your acne has cleared up.
Sunday Riley U.F.O Oil - This is a medicated oil for all skin types created by Sunday Riley for her daughter who was struggling with acne. Use this after cleansing and toning.
Sunday Riley C.E.O Rapid Flash Brightening Serum - A Vitamin C Serum is essential for after your acne has cleared up and you need to treat some dark spots and scars.
Dr. Babor Vitamin C Concentrate - My favorite and most effective Vitamin C formula but pricey
Marie Veronique Soothing B3 Serum - Natural product that helps decrease breakouts and inflammation
Moisturizer - You need to keep your skin moisturized and exfoliated. Dry skin cells can trap bacteria and makeup in your pores stopping your skincare from really penetrating the skin and doing its job.
Other - These products are great if you are struggling with an all over breakout that you need to get under control relatively quickly.
Dr. Dennis Gross Acne Eliminating Pads - These pads work wonders for acne and scarring. I also recommend their alpha beta pads for exfoliation. I will say though it makes your skin almost itchy until you apply your moisturizer and then the feeling goes away.
Babor Active Purifying Fluid - These capsules are great for purifying the skin. I noticed a big difference in my acne after the 7 days with this product.
These are just a few of my favorites and I hope these tips help clear your breakouts! If you wanted to go all organic and natural with your skincare, it is very expensive, but my favorite two brands are Marie Veronique and Tata Harper. If you want to do the same for makeup, I talked about it in this post. My best advice is to follow the 5 tips I provided. You do not need all the products that I listed, those are just some that have worked for me. Find what works for you and stick with it! If you have any questions, feel free to ask!