We all have those things we struggle with. On and off for years, acne has been mine. Believe it or not, our skin is a great indicator of what is going on in our bodies.
photo credit: facing acne
When my skin decided to flare up after going off birth control a few years ago, I quickly figured out that I was suffering from hormonal acne. With the help of my dermatologist and my ob-gyn, I was able to get it under control. But recently, I’ve noticed that my skin has been acting out. After a close examination of my diet and my skincare regiment, I’ve made changes that have helped heal my acne and scaring. Here are a few tips, tricks and products that worked for me.
Cut out the dairy & sugar – I’ve read so many articles that always start recommending this but for good reason. It works. Because of my plant-based diet, I’ve been dairy free for over 3 years but sugar is still a trigger for my hormonal acne. Limiting the sugar in your diet can be difficult if you tend to eat processed foods. Stick with foods that have had a life. Check labels for hidden sugars: sauces, marinades, and nut butters can often be hidden sources of sugar.
Drink lots of water – I know it’s a bit redundant and everyone tells you to do it but it helps. Those people with glowing skin we are all so desperately want take care of it from the inside out. Keeping your skin hydrated is key component in keeping it healthy.
Get a facial every so often – Financially, I know this one can be more difficult but it’s worth the investment. Several months ago, my skin was having severe breakouts. Partially, because my body had grown used to my bc and I needed to change. But also, I wasn’t using the right products for my skin. When I had my facial, I learned that I had combo skin (both oily and dry) and that not all the areas on my face were getting the moisture needed. Getting professional opinions can save you tons of money and time in the long run.
Exfoliate twice a week – I’ll admit that I’ve been terrible about this in the past. However, my facial was a friendly reminder that I needed to step up my exfoliating game. Now, I aim to exfoliate twice a week. This helps to remove all that dead skin build up so that products I use can actually penetrate my skin.
Do a food cleanse – To be honest, this one will probably be hardest for everyone but it’s totally doable. Last year, I did Arbonne’s 28 day detox and one of the best things I learned were what foods my body is sensitive to. For example, corn in the form of popcorn can give me a headache, soy isn’t something my body really enjoys and can enhance my breakouts and sugar can easily cause me to be sleepy along with several other symptoms. Take the time to get to know your body and what it needs and works well with. You deserve to feel and look your best. Feeding your body foods it thrives on is a great place to start.
Now, even with all these tips sometimes we need a little extra help to make our skin work with us. Here are a few products that have worked for me in my battle to heal my skin:
Balance Me Congested Serum – Total accidental discovery, thank you birchbox, but it has done wonders for helping me keep my skin in check. A little goes a long way but it’s quickly become a staple in my daily routine. Start with daily application and then build up as it can be slightly drying at first.
Derma E Scar Gel – Despite having calmed down my skin’s breakouts, I’m still working to get my skin back to normal. This gel has been great to help re-texturize my skin and slowly heal the scars. Another birchbox discovery with rave reviews. You can find it here.
Retinol Serum – If you haven’t heard the hype about retinol, it helps to promote skin turn over and a lot of other lovely things Adding it to your nightly routine can help to kick start the skin cell turnover and heal your skin. Just be sure to use spf in your daily skincare if you are using this product. I’m currently working through this sample* but another affordable option can be found here.
Foreo Luna* – I seriously don’t think I could live without this little guy. Quite similar to the clarisonic, but without the changeable heads and fraying brush. I love that it’s silicone so the bacterial that lives in brushes isn’t an issue. Plus, the battery life is incredible. Using an electronic face brush can help make sure all the make-up is cleansed from your face and make sure your skin is truly getting cleansed. I’d highly recommend it!
Acure Brightening Scrub* – Super affordable and a great addition for your routine on those days you need to exfoliate. You can find it at target or online. Plus a little goes a long way so it lasts for a while.
Blemish Dots* – Occasionally, I still get one of those intense pimples that seems like it will never heal. It doesn’t like to come to the surface but is painfully annoying. I keep these blemish dots on hand to use on the most stubborn of pimples. They help heal while you’re sleeping. Who doesn’t love products that work while you rest?
I know it’s probably a lot to take in but I hope that these tips and tricks will help you move forward in healing your skin.
Are there any products you’ve used that you would recommend I try? Leave me a comment below and let me know.