We’ve all been there: stuck in a toxic relationship that you know is bad for you but can’t seem to get out of. I totally get it. But no one should have that relationship with acne.
For the longest time, I had perfect skin- small pores, no zits, and a healthy glow. Then, out of nowhere freshman year of high school, I started getting terrible breakouts. There was acne covering my once porcelain face, my shoulders, and my chest. No matter how much makeup I put on, I still felt like people only saw my acne and not me. For the next four years, I tried so many different acne treatments. I ended up leaving myself with dry, flaky, scar-covered skin that still continued to breakout almost daily.
I started watching the type of food I was eating, where it came from, and what ingredients were in it. I started to see a difference in my skin. I only had occasional zits on my shoulders and chest, and only small patches on my face. I started to feel like myself again, and I loved having clearer skin. Over the past few years, I’ve gotten to work with some amazing people who know a lot about skincare and health in general, and I also started doing research on my own. Everywhere I looked, I seemed to hear the same things over and over again:
- Drinking water is the most important thing you can do in your diet. Replacing sugary drinks with water will not only do amazing things for the overall appearance of your body, your skin will glow, and replace dead skin cells much faster and more easily.
- Sugar is your worst enemy. Don’t avoid everything with sugar in it, but maybe try to cut out one sugary thing you eat per day.
- Honey is not only sweet on your taste buds, it’s also sweet on your face. Honey’s antibacterial properties help heal and prevent breakouts overnight.
- The ingredients in your skincare products are very important. When dealing with inflamed and irritated acne, the last thing you want is to introduce a bunch of chemicals to your face. Buying products that are made from natural oils and other ingredients will make a huge difference, and won’t cause the skin to get even redder than before. (Please check ALL ingredients in every skincare product to make sure you are not allergic. When trying a new product, test it out on a small patch of non-irritated skin first.)
- Do NOT sleep in makeup. EVER. When you sleep, your body heals itself. If you leave makeup in your pores, they will get clogged, and you will wake up with an immense problem in the morning.
- Exfoliating is important. While this is very true, make sure you don’t overdo it. The best amount is probably around 2 times a week for most skin types. Find a mild exfoliater- don’t use anything that feels like sharp pieces of salt in your hands.
- Your skin replaces itself about every two weeks. This means the type of food you eat reflects in your skin around two weeks later. So, initially, you literally are what you eat- choose wisely.
- Do NOT pick at your zits. Put some honey or zit cream on it, and go to bed. If you pick, there will be blood, scabs, and possible scarring. Save yourself the headache later, and resist the urge.
- Deep-cleaning your pores is vital to keeping clear skin. I know it sucks to pull things to the surface and have them all over your face, but if dealt with properly, it should heal in a few days. This leaves you with clean skin from the inside out.
- Avoid excessive amounts of dairy. Ice cream is amazing, and milk goes well with a lot, but try to switch up your regular milk products for almond or coconut milk based products instead.
- Beauty rest is a real thing. No, seriously. Your body repairs itself as you sleep, so catching Z’s will help your skin heal overnight.
- Don’t believe everything you see on the Internet. Not all cure-all remedies on the Internet are actually good for your skin. Veronica Gorgeois is an esthetician on YouTube who explains some of the DIY skincare recipes you should never use, and then posted a second video with more that you should definitely watch.
These are just a few ways to help prevent acne and breakouts! What are some of the best pieces of advice you have been given about ways to treat and prevent pesky pimples? Let us know in the comments below!