Monday, 18 September 2017

My Tips For Fighting All Stages Of Acne

As someone who has struggled with every type of acne, from a few small spots here and there to large painful cysts, I’ve done a lot of research over the years on the best ways to fight it. My acne did not budge until I went on the drug treatment roaccutane, but occasionally I would stumble across a piece of information that helped in some way, even if it only made the slightest difference. I thought today I would share five tips that have helped the most throughout my battle with acne, in the hope that they might help someone else who is struggling to get control over their skin!

DO NOT OVERWASH… For a long long time, I never realised that I was doing my skin more harm than good when it came to washing my face. Not only would I wash my face too much, but I would combine that with washing too vigorously in a vain attempt to scrub the spots off my face, and I would also use products that turned out to be far too harsh for my skin type. All of these combined resulted in my skin being dry, stripped of oils, and aggravated, which only made my acne worse! Wash your face, gently, once in the morning and once in the evening, using products that will not strip your skin or irritate it. If your face is bright red and sensitive after you’ve washed it, something you’re doing is far too harsh for your skin!

LEARN YOUR SKIN TYPE… In order to avoid using products that are too harsh/not right for your skin, you need to learn your skin type! My skin type has changed a lot over the years, especially given the two drug treatments I’ve been on, but right now it’s settled at combination to dry, with only my t-zone getting slightly oily throughout the day. If you have quite oily, spot prone skin and you’re using a really heavy moisturiser, chances are you’re overdoing it. There are quite a few websites where you can answer some simple questions and they'll tell you what skin type seems to fit you the best, enabling you to choose products that will do the best possible job for your skin!

HAVE MAKEUP FREE DAYS… I know that when you have acne, it can be incredibly difficult to go bare-faced. When my acne was at its worst, there were some days where I wouldn’t even leave the house because even if I caked myself in makeup, nothing would cover up my spots. Even now I pretty much never leave the house without makeup on so it’s pretty useless to say to someone with acne to just ‘stop wearing as much makeup’. But, wherever you can, whenever you can, try to go makeup free. If you’re not going anywhere for the day and no one’s coming round, treat yourself to a completely makeup free day! I think it’s important that we’re not constantly clogging up our pores with layers and layers of makeup every single day, and for the days where you are going out and will wear makeup, try using non-comedogenic products. These products are less likely to clog up your pores than your standard products so if you really can’t have makeup free days, try this option!

STOP TOUCHING YOUR FACE… This is something I still struggle with, even though I know I shouldn't do it. I just don’t realise that I’m leaning on my face, or rubbing my forehead, or just messing with my face until it’s too late. Of course when I do realise that I’m doing this, I stop, but I really need to train myself to not put my hands anywhere near my face. Our hands pick up so many germs from everything that we touch throughout the day, so when we touch our face we’re transferring those germs to our skin and to our spots! Try to carry around a hand sanitiser to keep your hands cleaner throughout the day so that if you do subconsciously touch your face, it’s not that bad, but try your hardest not to!

IF ONE PRODUCT DOESN’T WORK, KEEP GOING AND TRY ANOTHER… When you’re fighting acne, you can get to a point where you feel like you’ve tried every single product under the sun and nothing will ever work but you have to keep going. Products need a couple of months to truly show if they’re going to make a difference to your skin or not, and if it turns out that they don’t you have to keep going because you WILL find one that does. I tried so so many products that did absolutely nothing to my skin, even the products that people swear are incredible for acne, but I kept going and eventually I found something that worked for me and my skin. Lush Tea Tree Toner and La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo are my two wonder products and I still use them now even though my skin is clear after my treatment. It took me many years to find a product that worked for me and you will too, you just have to persevere!

Do you have any tips for acne sufferers?
xxx


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  1. Oh my gosh, the first tip, YES YES YES! My skin has improved so much ever since I only started washing my face with a cleanser once a day before I go to bed. Since I started washing my face once a day, my acne has cleared up so much!
    Aleeha xXx
    http://www.halesaaw.co.uk/

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    1. That's so good! It really does work wonders when you treat your skin more gently! <3 xxx

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  2. All such great tips- especially the first one! I wish I knew how much better being gentle with your skin is, back when I was struggling with acne. It makes such a difference, gentle is definitely the way to go!

    Paula
    Thirteen Thoughts

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    1. Definitely! My skin has improved so much since I've been kinder to it <3 xxx

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  3. I have never been one to suffer with acne, I am relatively lucky when it comes to my skin. But, I have been trying to make more of an effort to look after my skin and have some form of skincare routine. I am going to have to try and find the Soap and Glory Cleanser!

    Danielle xx
    http://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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    1. I think most of these tips can still apply even if you have clear skin <3 It's lovely - I wanted a cruelty free micellar water and this one is really good! xxx

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