Oh puberty, the time when Mother Nature shows up at our front step, cursed us with cramps and hormonal acne. If you are blessed with flawless skin, I truly admire your genetics. Acne and scarrings were the pitfalls of my self-esteem and confidence. I spent my middle years up until college battling acne, and it still occasionally shows its ugly head. The acne was painful to touch, but it was more painful to look at my face.
I still remember the sad look on my mom’s face when I told her “My skin looks so ugly that I don’t want to look at my face”. As a mother, I can only imagine it was too painful for her to hear, so she was always willing to help me buy products that promised results. I spent so much money on them until I realized it wasn’t about the products but the habits. Thankfully, my skin is in better shape now all thanks to the different habits that I’ve adopted. Allow me to help you save on money and headache through these useful tips.
Hydration is Key
I’ve mentioned this in my healthy morning routine post. I like starting my day with a glass of lemon water to help my body flush out all impurities, including acne-causing bacterias. Keeping your skin hydrated and plump can prevent wrinkles, and slowing down the aging process.
The easiest way to protect your acne scars from darkening is to put on sunscreen before leaving the house in the morning. If you are someone who loves to sleep like myself, I suggest using a moisturizer that also contains at least SPF 30. My favorite two-in-one product is by Tatcha. With just a small dollop, I am able to have full coverage on my face, and it is super hydrating and lightweight.
Gentle Cleanser to Prevent Scarring
There are many different cleansers and exfoliating products out there, but the ingredients can be too harsh on the skin. For example, you may think that apricot scrubs or oatmeal scrubs make your skin feels smooth, but the gritty texture may actually scar your skin.
I recommend using a gentle foam cleanser in the morning and a cleansing gel in the evening. The morning cleanser isn’t as strong since you are only removing products from the night before. Whereas evening cleanser will help to remove dirt or particles that may have accumulated during the day. For my morning cleanser, I like to use Baby Dove, which was recommended to me by a dermatologist, it cleanse well while not drying out my skin.
Read the Labels
I didn’t know start reading the ingredients until two years ago when I came across Liah Yoo’s videos. She went indepth with the various chemicals that we should look for in our products, including the type of packagings that are used to store them. Some ingredients that I avoid when looking for products include aluminum, parabens, fragrances, etc. Check out this article for the full list of ingredients you should try to avoid. I also prefer products that are cruelty-free, meaning no testing on animals and certified organics.
Very Berry Meddley
Your skin is a reflection of our internal body, so you should be mindful of the fuel that you put in your system. I recommend adding fruits and veggies that are high in anti-oxidants, such as berries and leafy greens. Antioxidants can help your body fights free radicals, which is great for making your skin looks glowy and more youthful.
After years of curating the right habits and products that work for my skin, I am happy with the results. For me, clear skin is such a confidence boost, especially after years of feeling ashamed of my appearance. The tips don’t cost an arm and a leg, and I definitely had my fair shares of products that promised results (Proactive and Neutrogena) but ended up damaging my skin even more. I hope these tips will be useful as a guide for you to achieve clear skin.