Okay ladies, let’s talk skin. For the past 4 years or so, my skin has been nothing short of terrible. I’m not gonna lie to you, I most definitely thought I lucked out when I was in high school. I thought I skipped right through that awkward/pubescent bad skin phase, but then I turned 19 and the breakouts hit me like a ton of bricks. I still struggle with pesky breakouts, but for the most part, my skin is worlds better than it was 5 months ago. Of course I am not a doctor, nor am I an esthetician. I cannot guarantee that anything will, or will not work for you. However, I simply wanted to share my experience in hopes that it may help someone else. Here are a few products I’ve been using, and also lifestyle changes that I’ve made which have all really helped to clear up my skin!
- Remove products from from your skincare routine: I love trying new products. I’m a big fan of fancy serums, and regimens that promise you firmer skin, and a brighter complexion. I am in no way shape or form saying these products do not work – they really do. However… if you have sensitive skin like I do, changing things up to much can really do more harm than good. I decided to take a step back, and focus on the basics – cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize. I wanted to narrow my gaze to find basic products that work well with my skin, before throwing new serums into the mix.
- Find a gentle cleanser, that still get’s the job done: For a long time, I used the CereVe facial cleanser for oily skin. I was finding that most cleansers were just too harsh. Cleansers made specifically for acne left my face dry, and quite frankly made my breakouts worse. I tried a handful of cleansers made for sensitive skin, but I didn’t feel as though they cleaned my skin well enough. CereVe was gentle enough to not irritate my skin more, and it also removed my make up really well. However, it didn’t help to clear my breakouts – it just didn’t make them any worse. I started using TULA’s Purifying Cleanser a few months ago, and so far it has been an absolute dream. The product is incredibly gentle, but it doesn’t just clean my skin well – it’s actually improving its texture and overall appearance. I use this cleanser once in the morning, and once at night.
- Stop washing your face in the shower: I’ve spent countless hours researching ways to make my skin better, and I came across an article discussing this a few months ago and it really made sense. If you’re anything like me, you like your showers to be hot. While this is relaxing, the skin on your face is too delicate to be submerged into hot water. Keep your face out of the shower water, and instead wash it at the bathroom sink in lukewarm water after your through. Not only does this help with breakouts, but it will also decrease signs of aging in your skin. (As these are often caused by damaged skin)
- Invest in a facial cleaning brush: Okay, if you have acne you want to make sure you’re keeping your skin extremely clean. This is especially important if you wear makeup. There are so many cleansing brushes on the market now and days, but my favorite brand is FOREO. I have a Clarisonic, and I think it’s a wonderful product, however it was just too harsh for my skin. (I’m not joking when I tell you my skin is sensitive) I purchased my FOREO Luna 2 last year, and it seems to really be helping. I have found that it’s gentle enough for me to use once daily. I wrote a more detailed post on FOREO products a few months ago, you can check it out here!
- Resurface your skin: Okay, so this really should be a part of anyone’s skincare routine, but especially if you struggle with acne. If I could only ever use one skincare product again, it would be the Lite Lytic TX Lotion by Epionce. This product was a serious game changer for me. It really helps to clear your pores, and it will completely change the texture of your skin. The formula is gentle enough for all skin types. I use it once daily, after I wash my face before bed. You can purchase yours here from Premier Look.
- Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate: I recently discovered an all natural skincare company in Canada called Wildcraft, and I am absolutely in love. I have been using their Buff Body and Face Scrub twice a week, for about 4 or 5 months now. This facial scrub contains Spearmint and Rhassoul Clay, and really helps to exfoliate my skin without irritating it afterwards. I also love the fact that Wildcraft’s products are extremely affordable!
- Adjust Your Diet: This has definitely been the most difficult lifestyle adjustment for me. I’ve cut out dairy, and (for the most part) sugar from my diet. Yes — of course I still take sugar in my coffee, and every so often I do treat myself to dessert, I just don’t keep sugary things in the house as often as I use to. (and I mean let’s be honest, who could give up wine? Not me..) Dairy however is something I’ve just about cut out completely, and it has made a huge impact. Another thing I’ve done is replace all the cooking oils in my household with coconut oil. While things like olive oil can be good for you, coconut oil has antibacterial properties which can be great for your skin, and your health overall. Don’t forget to drink more water! This is probably the best thing you can ever do for your skin – never slack on the H2O.
- Start taking supplements and probiotics: Gut health is really important for clearer skin. Taking probiotics will help regulate the “good bacteria” in your body, and clear your digestive system of toxins that can cause breakouts. A supplement that I’ve also recently added to my diet is called Borage Oil. Through my research I found that Borage Oil helps to regulate hormonal imbalances. The acne that you see on your chin, and along your jawline is most likely related to your lovely hormones. I purchase the Herbal Secrets brand on Amazon, in 1000Mg. I take one soft gel tablet per day, and I’ve seen a dramatic change. Once again, I am not a doctor – and I would highly recommend speaking with your primary care physician before adding Borage Oil, or a new probiotic to your diet, but so far it has really worked for me!
So there you have it, these are all things that have truly been helping me achieve clearer skin. Next on my list is to focus on getting rid of these acne scars! Any recommendations?! Let me know in the comments below. 🙂