I’d say my biggest let down with becoming an adult has been freaking acne.
It was suppose to die with puberty. I was suppose to finish growing, settle into my hormonal changes, and that was gonna be it. I’d be an adult and the child-like acne would stay in my adolescence…. nope.
It’s humiliating. It comes with a preconceived notion of dirty and unhealthy. You can lie to yourself and say you’ll be able to cover it up but you know it’s not true. People notice. They don’t say anything to be polite. But they notice.
It really is the most defeating feeling when it seems like no matter what you do, the acne will always be there. I’ve spent years trying anything and everything to get a handle on my acne and for a while it seemed like nothing would work. I’ve had my trial and error moments too many times to count. But recently, I’ve finally done it.
Somehow, I’ve managed to clear up my face! I still get some acne here and there and I have some healing to do, but as far as new flareups, they are becoming less and less as I stick to my routine. So I wanted to share a few tips I’ve found to get your skin on track and stop worrying about those pesky adult acne problems!
NOW, I DIDN’T SAY IT’D BE EASY.
The bottom line is that people with acne prone skin will have to try a little harder than those without. Maybe the effort is the difference between us and people who don’t have acne, maybe DNA is what determines it. Either way, the only way to get control is to take control. So just read through these tips, do all of them, do some of them, do none of them. Just know that doing all of these things together has helped me get to where I am today.
SKINCARE TIPS FOR ACNE PRONE SKIN
Diet is one of the best things to change when products and routines don’t seem to help your cause.
I’ll be the first to say that I hadn’t eaten very well until recently. I hate cooking and I LOVE junk food. But my body obviously can’t handle it. Like I said earlier, acne gives you an image of unhealthy and sometimes, that image may be accurate whether we want to believe it or not. It took me a while to accept that I had to kick my bad habits and improve my diet but when I did, I noticed a difference almost immediately.
Yep. Simply cleaning your sheets and pillow cases once a week can help significantly.
I used to never change my sheets. Actually never. It’s becoming obvious that my acne problems were related to laziness, but I’d bet that is a problem for most of us. Sometimes making a simple lifestyle change, like tending to your bedding can really make all the difference in more ways than just your complexion.
Put it in your routines, make it a priority. Whatever you do, don’t stop maintaining your skin once you’ve achieved your clear face dreams.
A huge mistake I’ve made when dealing with acne is feeling like once I’m clear, I’m good to go. I’d put in effort, get the clear face, then ruin it by slacking on my routines and not maintaining my clear face. So don’t stop washing and tending to your face, even when you’re in the clear.
Try out as many as you need. Really learn what skin type you have and what works best for it.
I think us acne prone folk often feel like we have to attack our face with harsh products in order to manage it when really, having sensitive skin may be part of the problem. Our natural oils are there to protect our skin and keep it healthy. When you use harsh products you’re actually stripping away all the natural oils – which will make your face over produce oils – which can cause more acne.
So look for gentle, healing, mostly natural products when creating your product line up. (I like Burt’s Bees everything)
BACK UP PLAN
Let’s be real. There are some days where you just don’t want to do it. You don’t want to put the effort in. You just want to sit on the couch, turn on the TV and never leave.
That’s why you need a back up plan: a product that is not a deep clean, but one that can serve as a quick clean up when you’re really just not feeling the routine.
I like to use micellar water. It’s meant to remove dirt and grime so on those lazy days you can get rid of all the build up from the day without going into a whole big thing.
DON’T MAKE IT A HABIT. Don’t ever let it become a regular thing. But using it occasionally is a great way to give yourself a break without totally skipping your cleans.
One of the hardest parts of the cleansing process was feeling like it wasn’t working. I’d buy a great new product, try it for a week or so, and when it didn’t work I’d give up very quickly. I felt like the right product would work immediately, but that’s not the case. Typically, it’ll take your face about 2 weeks – 4 weeks to adjust to a new product.
Be patient and take your time trying new products. Really give them a chance. Use them diligently and you may find that it’s the perfect product for you!
It’s very important that your skincare becomes a part of your everyday, maybe even twice a day. Personally, I need a morning and night routine to keep this face in check (my skin is very high maintenance). Some people can get away with just a quick make up removal at night and a deeper clean in the morning. Whatever your face needs, just make sure you do habitually.
I know this is a giant list of stuff, but these are all the changes I had to make in order to have clear skin.
We can’t change our bodies, but we can work with them. It’s not always easy, but when you finally get a clear face, you’ll be happy you did it.
Do you have any tips for achieving clear skin? Leave them in the comments!
Photo by Daria Shevtsova