Issues with Acne...You're Not Alone!
I've struggled with acne and breakout-prone skin issues for about as long as I can remember- since my early teens :/ Luckily, after steady research, trial-and-error, and trying a multitude of products- I discovered something about the battle against acne: it IS winnable- but it takes a variety of approaches used over a continual time period in order to win the battle. But that's the good take-away here- it is a fight you can win...it does however take some dedication, patience, and utilizing the right combination of techniques, products, and methods before you can gain back control of your skin. Check out my 4 simple, yet effective techniques below, to get the lowdown on how you can beat acne:
1. It all starts with what you put inside your body! Tons of clinical research has proven this- whether the cause of your breakout-prone skin or acne issues are a result of the environment, medications, diet, genetics, or stress [just to name a few possible factors!], it all begins with what you put in your body on a daily basis. Stick with a diet that's low in sodium [salt- things like nuts & pretzels], sugar [many fruit juices & sodas currently out on the market have tons], caffeine [often found in coffee, teas, & energy products], and carbonation [found in drinks like sodas]. None of these will help your skin- especially when it comes to preventing break-outs and acne! Instead, stick with lean protein and foods that are low in salt and try taking a daily supplement. Adding that to your routine will definitely help as well! One of my fav's: Murad Pure Skin Clarifying Dietary Supplement [$50 @ sephora.com].
2. Just looking at acne from the inside-out approach plays a vital role in the fight against acne, but the process doesn't stop there! Next, look at your weekly skincare routine: do you use an exfoliator and a mask- at least once weekly? If not, your missing out...and so is your skin! Not only will a once weekly exfoliation session remove dead, unwanted skin away- but it will help in improving luminosity and reduce breakouts! Adding a once-a-week mask [clays work particularly well for acne-prone skin as they are excellent at drawing out impurities and deeply cleansing pores to remove dirt and excess oil too!]. This will also improve acne-prone skin and reduce blemishes, blackheads, and acne. Pink, white, and (French) green clays are especially good at drawing out skin impurities.
3. You can't prevent every blemish, blackhead, or breakout...but there's still something you can do if an unsightly blemish or rush of acne seems to come out of nowhere! Skip on trying to deal with it by pressing, squeezing, or 'doing it yourself' techniques- they usually do more harm than good. The acne removal tools aren't much better and can often cause scaring and should really be done by a professional. Luckily, there is a new tech tool out that's readily available for at-home use now and it's completely safe to use on a daily basis! I've had excellent results with light, heat, and vibration therapy on the stubborn areas that tend to have breakouts or blemishes and the great part about these tools is that they generally tend to be affordable and effective. One of my top picks: me Clear Anti-blemish device [$35.10 @kohls.com].
4. You've probably seen a lot of these out on the markets- I know I have for many years myself...but skincare step kits are the last part of the acne-fighting puzzle that you need. I know what you're thinking...uh Chris...I've seen these everywhere...are you sure these things really work? I swear I've tried them before?! You might have...there really are a LOT out on the market and sadly, many of them aren't worth the price or just aren't all that effective- that part is definitely true. However, the good news is- there are acne kits out there that are not only affordable but effective as well, you just have to find them...that's where most of the difficulty in this task comes into play. Fortunately, I'm reviewing one of my top brands and sets today ;) That's how much of a firm believer I am, that skin care kits do work. Be choosy in your ingredients, brand, and focus and remember just because it has several steps or is from a well-known brand, doesn't mean it's going to be effective or actually work for you. Get the lowdown on one of my fav's from Image Skincare, below:
The Beauty Closet Recommends:
Medicated Acne Facial Scrub
Benzoyl peroxide combined with micro-exfoliators that gently aid in removing dirt and grime from deep within pores and then zapping them with powerful medicating ingredients for true results that you can see- even with the first usage. I noticed immediately how soft and cleansed my skin felt and I've seen a huge improvements in breakout-prone areas since I've started to use this product. You don't have to use tons of product either and it's okay to use with sensitive skin.
Salicylic Clarifying Tonic
Contains 2% salicylic acid to tone and clarify in a snap by using alpha and beta hydroxy acids to swath away dead skin cells and excess oil that reduces shine and aids in keeping your skin clear! As an added bonus, herbal extracts provide a rejuvenating, clarifying, and soothing benefits as well. This awesome toner is a key step in your daily acne-fighting skincare routine that's great for all skin types and moderately priced.
Medicated Acne Masque
Utilize a spot treatment or a skin remedy applied to your entire face/neck area to stop acne and prevent breakouts in their tracks- without over-drying or irritation skin! This awesome clay mask is fast-acting with a total time of around 10-12 mins.; rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a towel. Contains salicylic and glycolic acids to fight breakouts and soothes the skin by also delivering antioxidants and botanicals that reduce redness and provide calming properties. Won't harm or irritate sensitive skin either, making it a great candidate for all skin types! This is one of my favorite Image Skincare products for its effectiveness, quality, and ability to be used as a spot treatment or allover mask :) For best results, use on a daily/nightly basis as a spot treatment and once to twice a week for an allover regimen.