Be in the Know to Help Your Acne
Acne can be a hard thing to live with from experiencing it through your teens or experiencing it for the first time as an adult. It can be a bewildering and lonely situation to find yourself in. But it can also be extremely difficult to know where to being when it comes to caring for your skin. The one thing should always remember though, is you are not alone and its more common than you may realise. That’s why I wanted to take the time to share my own experience and tips to care for your skin.
The Beginning: Early Teens
It was around 13 or 14 that I started noticing a change with my skin and it was quite daunting as it was also around the time that I started high school. I didn’t really know who I was and my friendships were changing. And I began to feel like I didn’t fit in anywhere. I felt like I was the only one with skin like this, but now I know that probably wasn’t the case. But really in the long run it mostly affected my confidence. I believe if i had a better understanding of my skin as a teenager and understood how to care for my skin it may have changed my confidence. What I mean by this is, I never had a proper skin routine down, I never wore the slightest bit of make up to conceal anything. I just felt exposed all the time. Walking down the halls of the school it just felt like everyone was looking at me. But if I knew I was doing everything I could to help my situation it may have help shift my mindset.
Late Teens/Early Teens
I actually remember thinking sometimes that I wished I had a scalpel to cut them off, they were that painful
Moving on to my late teens, looking back at prom photos etc, my skin didn’t look too bad. I think this was the point it started to reverse. It had been at its worse so it was starting calm down. But the main problem I had with my acne was my breakouts would be angry cyst like spots. Which made living with my acne so uncomfortable. I actually remember thinking sometimes that I wished I had a scalpel to cut them off, they were that painful. And I think with my skin looking slightly better, these spots looked more noticeable. And from what I can remember this is how my skin remained for a while with uni stress causing anything worse than this.
However over the last few years my skin started appearing worse. And I was a bit unsure as to why that was happening. There were a few possibilities as to why for example, stress, hormones changing resulting in my skin naturally changing. But what ever the cause, I was fed up with my skin constantly breaking out and not knowing what was going to happen next. So I made the decision to see a dermatologist and go on Roaccutane (you can read about my journey here). It was still a difficult decision to make as its a not a drug to go on lightly. But given that I am 27 now I needed to do something.
My 3 Tips to Help Your General Skin Care
Another big of this post for me is to share a few tips and recommended products to help you get started with acne journey. I know how incredibly hard it is to get started, my problem was there was hardly any choices readily available to help. However now there are too many choices. Please bare in mind these are recommendations that have worked for me but may not work for everyone as everyones skin different. Do your research and make sure you feel confident with your purchase before you buy it. But these products are a good place to start and give you a variety of brands and price points to work from.
First of all I want to share a few tips for general care of your skin. These will help your skin on a day to day basis and will help improve the quality of your skin around your breakouts. There is only so much you can do to help your spots, they come and go. So lets talk about these tips:
1. Drink Plenty of Water
This is a difficult one, I struggle with this one all the time but I totally notice a difference when I follow through. Keeping our skin hydrated will help keep it moisturised and ‘glowy.’ There are various ways to drink water, keeping a water bottle on you. You can switch it up by infusing it with fruit. Another great way is drinking herbal teas, this is a good one for over the colder months.
2. Don’t Pick or Burst Spots
There is a lot of contradicting advice about this, but for me this is a complete no no. Right at the very start I did pick and burst my spots and I have learnt the hard way as to the consequences. I am now left with acne scarring around my temples. My dermatologist said that thanks to Roaccutane they should go away as they are superficial. But if they don’t go, I may have to pay hundreds of pounds to get laser treatments and chemical peels.
3. Wash Your Face Morning and Night
Washing you face is very important and making sure you do it twice a day will be enough to keep your skin feeling fresh and hydrated. Keep your morning routine simple, using gentle product. You just really want to get your skin awake and ready for the day. Keep a more detailed routine for the evening. Your skin does the most rejuvenation during the night so it is good to help aid that. I don’t believe in double cleansing unless I’ve worn makeup that day. Don’t use bars of soap unless they are specially designed for face cleansing. And another top tip is to use a muslin cloth during your cleansing as it will work as a gentle exfoliator.
The Acne Starter Kit
Now I want to share with you a few of my favourite products I’ve used over the years. Most of these are gentle, natural products that will help inflamed skin. There is however a few harsher products in there to deal with breakouts and spots. But like I said near the start, these products may not work for everyone. Everyone’s skin is different.
Here is my selected products to help you on your way to caring for your skin:
Pixi Glow Tonic
Clarins My Clarins RE-BOOST Comforting Hydrating Cream
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+
Mario Badescu Facial Mist
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Vichy Dermablend Concealer
And don’t forget a SPF! I use the La Roche Posay Anthelios Sun Protection Face Mist.