I’ve had acne for about seven years now. I’ve been to doctors and dermatologists, I’ve taken endless amounts of medication over the years, and I had to buy countless prescribed acne cream.
This past year is the first year that I’ve started to understand my acne and been able to get it under control. I now feel like I know what works and what doesn’t work for me. So I’m taking this opportunity to share my acne tips with you!
- Don’t use foaming cleaners/3 step acne solving cleansers – I’m 100% a victim of this. In my defence I was 15 and having acne was a confidence destroyer at that age. This was probably the worst thing I ever did. The foaming cleanser along with the harsh ingredients in the toner and acne lotion irritated my skin and made my skin really dry. Having the oiliest of skins this wasn’t right but I didn’t realise this straight away, so if you have acne then don’t be enticed by these.
- Don’t be afraid of using oils/moisturiser – Once again I’ll honestly say I didn’t listen to this piece of advice. There seems to be some sort of a myth where everyone thinks people with acne have oily skin. This couldn’t be more wrong. Even if you do have oily skin like me this is a step in your skincare routine you can’t miss. It’s so important to hydrate your skin in order to replenish it so it’s at its healthiest.
- Doctors aren’t always the solution – I’ve been to a few doctors with my acne but they all do the same thing. Put me on medication to ‘get rid of’ the acne and give me a prescription for acne creams that dry my skin out and leave it sore and irritated. This past year I haven’t gone to a doctor or dermatologist to look at my acne yet it’s also been the best year for me acne wise.
- Medication doesn’t always work – That brings me on to my next point. Medication that doctors prescribe don’t always work. For me the most it does is maintain it at a bearable state. I even know a few people who have been on harsher medication who have been put on it 2 or 3 times. I advise to stop taking medication if it’s not doing anything because if your body gets used to the ingredients and you need to take something in the future for a more serious illness your body could be after becoming to used to the ingredients.
- Diet is important – There are some food groups that people find triggers there acne. Sugar and fried food are my two main triggers whereas some people find Dairy and Red Meat cause there’s, I’ve trialed dairy before and it made no difference and I don’t eat much red meat anyway. Also supplements are very important I have learned over the past year. I’m currently taking Zink and Omega 3 as these were recommended by my local health shop.
- Don’t pick – Also one I’m not perfect with still. Picking is the worst thing you can do as you’re only going to end up with scars around your face. I have a few scars on my face from picking spots and each one is a reminder of a battle I’ve lost trying to get rid of the spot. So please don’t pick.
- Caroline Hirons is a God send – if you want to learn about skincare for acne or just acne in general Caroline’s blog is one of the biggest helps ever. Even if you don’t have acne and you’re trying to get together a good skincare routine to suit you she will definitely be a big help.
- It’s not the end of the world – having acne isn’t the worst thing ever. I know it can destroy your confidence a bit especially in your teenage year but honestly it shouldn’t. Most likely than not people around you don’t notice your acne as much as you do so there’s no need to feel down about it. Everyone gets spots it’s completely normal. Also when you get a skincare routine/diet going it’s easy to maintain your acne. This is the one this I’ve finally learned that is the most important.
See you soon.