Skin care routine for acne-prone skin

Hello guys 

I'm going to touch upon a subject that affects a vast amount of population in this world ACNE! 
I, like most people, have dealt with this issue since my teenage years and continue to occasionally deal with it now that I am 21. 

I have tried most dermatologists recommended treatments such as the classic birth control pill, Roaccutane, over the counter products, home remedies, etc. 
They seemed to have worked in their own ways however they have not been able to erase the problem. 
Now with trial and error over the year I have reached a point, where I can say have been the most satisfied with skin, so I am going to step by step tell you what I have done to achieve this and what might be the core issues that may be causing acne and how to deal with them.

Number Uno: Hormones or PCOS

 I know right what a revolutionary answer, well hormones are one of the main causes of teenage acne but also adult acne. It can be due to puberty, periods but also pregnancy. In these cases, birth control pills are highly effective (even though they make you put on weight) to balance out your hormones and calm most inflammation in your pimples. For this method I would highly advise you see a professional and ask them to prescribe you the correct pill as over the counter products may not be suitable for the result you might want to achieve.

PCOS is a new condition I have discovered that affect thousands of women around the world, it is a variation of a hormonal imbalance but more permanent. If you find it hard to lose weight, have unusual hair growth, break out around the jawline or T-zone then there might be high chances of you having PCOS (I still advise getting tests done by professionals to see whether you are affected by this). There are many natural ways to cure this condition, mainly through diet and supplements, so if you are diagnosed with this condition please go see a nutritionist or do further reserach on what kind of diet you should follow for yourself. 

Number Dos: Diet 

This I believe is one of the factors that is still affecting me up to this date. If you do not eat nutritious and healthy food you will see it in your body but also in your skin. (and yes I am talking to all you chocolate and crisps lovers) The impact that eating green smoothies every day and drinking minimum 2L of water a day can have on your skin, no fancy cream or pill can do that. From personal experience, I know how hard it is to eat clean all the time but at least jumping on that bandwagon can somewhat improve your overall health. I personally have been eating clean (on and off of course) and have been seeing great results from the texture of my skin to the natural glow it brings to your face.

Here's a recipe for new starters on the smoothie train: 
1 handful of spinach 
1 handful of kale 
1 banana 
1 apple 
1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 tsp of honey for some added sweetness 
1 handful of frozen blueberries or ice cubes

Et voila one of the best tasting and easy smoothies!

Number Tres: Hygiene

In this section I am talking about basic hygiene, of course, it is not the basic you should wash your face before sleeping kind of hygiene but more along the side of how you maintain the hygiene around you. 
So for example changing your pillowcase, every 2 nights can help massively control bacteria that spread on your face and spraying some diluted tea tree oil with rose water on your pillowcase adds a little extra protection.
Cleaning your phone screen every now and then is also very important. Most importantly changing your face towel every week and strictly keeping it for your personal use but maybe even opting it out for paper towels is much more hygienic.
Most importantly if your wear makeup please wash your brushes 2 times a week, you will see a dramatic result. 

Please also make sure to wash your hands before washing your face! 

Number Cuatro: Skincare 

Honestly, after trying all kinds of stupid, long and expensive skin care routines and products, I can guarantee you a simple skin care is the most effective skincare.
 Switching it up every 3 months or so is also very important and more effective as your skin tends to get used to these products hence they are not effective anymore.
Also, try to have make-up free days at least and I am saying at least 1 day of the week to let your skin breathe and recover itself.
 Moisturising straight after your shower is also key to good skin, you might think your skin feels fine however heat does more damage to the skin than cold does, so first thing out of the shower moisturise.

Here is my skincare routine:

First step: Cleanse

Always wash your face with a mild cleanser, I am currently using the Clinique mild face soap because it is custom made for sensitive skin, even if you have the oiliest skin on the planet please use a sensitive and moisturising cleanser trust me you will see a dramatic change. First, it will help with balance out our oils and second, it will keep your moisture barrier intact. The reason oily skin produce oils so much is often due to its moisture barrier being broken hence the oiliness.

Second step: Tone

At daytime, I use the Mario Badescu rose water and aloe spray for its moisturising effects. Rose water and aloe vera are known for their moisturising properties and their ability to calm down breakouts and heal acne.

And at night I use the Glycolic acid 7% for its exfoliating properties. Glycolic acid is a great way to chemically exfoliate your skin without physically damaging it and it is also proven to lighten acne scars and improve skin texture.

Third step: essence 

This is a step that I have just recently started doing, but it has done wonders for my acne scars.
An essence is supposed to be a more watery version of your serum, before using 99% aloes vera gel I used to use a brightening essence by this Korean brand, however, I did not feel like it was a step that was revolutionary to my skin care. But, after starting using aloe vera gel, I genuinely noticed how soft and plump my skin looked and how my acne scars slowly started fading.

Fourth step: serum

Here I use the ordinary serum to target my acne scars to lighten them. The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin is an amazing budget-friendly brand, I have nearly purchased most items from their store and all have done an amazing job, but hands down this has been one of the best serum for targeting acne scars.

Fifth step: moisturise

I really love French and Korean brands when it comes to skincare products, some of my favourite brands include Embryolisse, Avene, La Roche Posay, Skinfood and CosRX. In this step, I use the Embryolisse moisturiser as my last step to lock in all the goodness from previous products for both day and night time. Overall to be honest I am not very fussy about moisturisers as long as they come from the brands I have mentioned above. Those brands often tend to target sensitive and acne prone skin, and I have never had any bad reactions to their products so far.

Sixth step: spot treatment if needed 

When it comes to spot treatment the best creams so far that I have used all contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. At the moment I use the Acnecide pimple cream because it works the best with my skin type and gets rid of a pimple overnight. (other creams I would recommend is the salicylic solution by The Ordinary and the Mario Badescu drying lotion

Seventh Step: Face Mask 

A face mask is the cult products of any good skin care regimen, you could do them 2-3 times a week of every day in the form of sheet masks.
I have tried so many face masks and have some that I always go back to, no matter what happens.
The most popular one for me the Peter Thomas Roth pumpkin enzyme mask, it is great for exfoliating your skin but also minimising your pores and reducing acne scars, it is a bit on the pricier side, however, you only need the tiniest amount and it would easily last you up to a year. 
A cheaper option of this is The Ordinary AHA 30% these products do contain AHA so if you have sensitive skin I probably would not recommend these as they sting quite a lot especially if you are not used to these products. Other simple face masks include Lush Mask of magnanimity and Ayesha  or sheet masks from Skinfood 

As a last note for this blog post, I am in no way a dermatologist and what works for me might not work for you, skincare is all about trial and error, but if overall you follow these pieces of advice to the dot I am sure your acne will heal and your skin will glow.

1 comment :

  1. Wow,such a helpful article. Would totally see myself doing all those steps in oder to make my skin look like a badass bitch xoxo

    P.S. you shall see me finess all the items from your room. Watch out boo ����