Redness. Blemishes. Bumps. Band-aids. Cover-up. Tons of Selfies (with animal filters to hide those red spots).
Acne prone skin is more than embarrassing - it's downright misery. And you don't have to be a hormonal teenager to suffer from this type of skin allergy, since it doesn't discriminate based on your age.
Adult acne can appear because of hormonal imbalances, stress, menopause, genetics, or beauty products might be clogging your pores.
To help you best combat acne and be proud of your complexion, I've gathered my best beauty tips to clear up acne prone skin.
5 Tips to Combat Acne Prone Skin
Dig into Your Bathroom Cabinet
Let's start by first going over what's in your bathroom cabinet, specifically what you put on your face daily or weekly. Check your face wash, toner, scrub, lotion, masks and suntan lotion. Make sure they are oil-free and non-comedogenic.
Skin allergies vary by person to person, so even if the label gives the clear that it shouldn't cause acne for most, it doesn't mean it won't for you.
Conduct a texture test - if your skin feels overly oily after you use it or too dry (contrary to popular belief, drying out your skin, does not prevent acne, it may worsen it), then remove the product from your beauty regimen and see if your acne clears up.
Also, when trying new products, test them on a small sample of your skin first, before applying to your whole complexion.
Your skin changes over time, so products you may not have been allergic to before may suddenly cause acne or redness. Just be cognizant of this fact and always update your regimen if need be.
Remove Toxic Touchpoints
Your make-up brushes, your pillow cases, your hands, your bathroom towels, your cell phone - there are a ton of items that interact with your face and that carry bacteria. You need to clear out those toxins from any item that regularly touches your face. Here's how:
- Wash your make-up brushes weekly. I use Posh's Gender Bender and mix with water to remove make-up and bacteria. See this video on how it works.
- Wash your pillow case or switch with a spare at least once a week.
- Wash your hands with soap every chance you get (but try to not dry them out!). You'd be surprised how much most people touch their face with their hands. I noticed that my nervous tick is to brush my hair behind my ear, touching the sides of my face constantly. And guess where acne started to pop up? If you can't wash your hands a lot, carry hand sanitizer or try to stop the habit of touching your face altogether. You can break the habit - I have faith in you!
- Wash your towels or switch them every few days. Do not use a body towel on your face - you may accidentally introduce new bacteria to your pores.
- Wipe down your cell phone screen. I recommend using Bare It All and a cotton pad or tissue to scrub off leftover make-up and cosmetics. You could also move away from holding a phone close to your cheek by investing in a set of head phones.
Watch Your Diet
What you're eating and drinking may also cause acne flare-ups. Dairy and sugar have been linked to causing blemishes. You should cut food with these ingredients to see if what you're eating is the root cause of your acne.
That means no soda, milk, chocolate, ice cream, cookies, and a million other delicious food items, but at the end of the day, if it helps you overcome acne prone skin, it's well worth it! Just keep telling yourself that.
You could also take an allergy test to better understand what foods you should avoid.
Water is literally always the answer. Your body is full of it and needs it to flush out bad toxins, so drink plenty of fluids to get that nasty bacteria removed.
I add lemon or oranges to my water to give it a little more flavor. Ice also helps to keep it refreshingly cold through out the day.
Some cosmetics can really clog your pores. Read the labels, and again look for oil-free and non-comedogenic. Heavy makeup can really clog your pores. Before you buy a new product, make sure you tell the makeup artist the issues with your acne prone skin, so they are aware. They should be able to guide you down a better path towards brands or products that are okay for your acne skin.
If you're not sure if the makeup will cause more acne, request a sample and test it out for a couple of days. Or even have the makeup artist directly apply it on you in a small spot. See if you like the feeling of the makeup and make sure you don't get any unusual, oily spots after a couple of hours of wear. This can be a red flag that the makeup is adding more oil to your complexion.
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