I know a thing or two about acne. Since my early teen years to now I’ve been figuring out a few things about dreaded pimples. I can’t say I’ve solved the pimple problem entirely, but I’ve given it a good crack. These are my tips to assist on your path to healthy skin.
1. Keep it clean
This one is a no brainer really, as everyone should be washing their face each day!
- I love oil cleansing. It’s so good at removing making, regulating oil production and keeping my skin hydrated. I’ve written about it previously, here, if you’re keen to learn more.
- If you prefer a more ‘squeeky clean’ cleanser (ie no oily residue), you’ll love La Mav Sweet Orange Foaming Cleanser ($29.95). It’s super gentle on your skin but really effectively cleans off makeup and any gunk from the day. It also smells great too.
This has been quite the godsend for my skin and something still asking myself why I didn’t get onto earlier. Of course I exfoliated from time to time, but it was never really embedded into my regime until fairly recently.
- This Pollen Botanicals Honey & Sugar Exfoliator ($34.95) harnesses the power of honey to help heal your skin. Did you know that honey is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal? Raw honey is brilliant for acne-prone skin (I make a mask from it and apply once a week; I also occasionally use it as my morning cleanser). With a couple of extra skin-loving goodies, this exfoliator will help bring your glow back.
3. Add Oil
Despite what you may think, oil is the best thing for oily, acne prone skin. Obviously, not the type that’s naturally there (as that’s what’s clogging your pores) but an oil on the other end of the spectrum. Use a serum or oil suited to oily/acne skin.
These oils care for your skin and balance out your natural sebum levels. Meaning, your skin becomes less oily (amazing huh?) and oil production becomes regulated. The added benefit of these oils/serums is that they also nourish your skin and help it repair – you know, after you’ve popped that whopper.
- One of the best rosehip oils out there is Pai BioRegenerate Rosehip Oil ($39.95). Clinical studies show Rosehip is effective at improving the appearance of scars, stretch marks, sun damage, the appearance of pigmentation, scars and fine lines as it is rich in concentrated Trans-Retinoic Acid to naturally repair skin. This rosehip oil is the most concentrated on the market.
- Another oil I love (and am currently using) is The Beauty Chef Dream Repair Serum ($69.95). It’s a combination of 18 ingredients, to create a really intense, nourishing and healing oil. It contains Vitamins A, B, C, E, K and P and Omegas 3,6,7 and 9, this serum deeply rejuvenates, protects and helps synthesise collagen. It’s perfect for my crazy, somewhat-dry yet acne-prone skin.
Pimples can cause serious scarring if not properly handled.
See this photo (left)? I had a massive breakout on my neck and it left a mess. What’s with neck pimples anyway? These have only made an appearance in my life in around the last year. So weird.
Anyway, this is an old photo, After caring for the skin and plumping it full of skin loving & repairing nutrients from good quality serums, my neck is now perfectly fine.
All the skin loving nutrients come from oils (i.e. Vitamin E & C, Essential Fatty Acids, etc). You need the oils to help repair. So don’t even think about skipping this!
4. Mask It
Once a week use a face mask suited to your skin. It’ll help draw all the gunk to the surface and clear out your skin. You might find you get a breakout in the next day or two, but that just means the mask did it’s job. You’ll find with frequent use your skin gets clearer and clearer. I also like to apply a mask when I’m in the middle of a breakout; it helps clear up my skin faster.
- Clay masks are seriously good for acne-prone skin. Try the French Red Detoxify Clay Facial Mask ($24.95) to help clear and refine your skin. It’s high in iron oxide for cell renewal and is used to cleanse and detoxify the skin, remove dead skin cells and create an overall refreshed appearance. So good.
5. Feed your face
Good skin comes from within!!! You can do everything externally right but if you’re insides are a mess, so’s your face. Your immune system, skin, brain health etc all start from your gut. Your gut needs to have a good balance of bacteria to keep you thriving.
- I’ve mentioned before how much I love The Beauty Chef’s Inner Glow powder. For me, it’s an essential in keeping your skin clear and glowing. What makes this product so good is that it feeds your gut with a mix of probiotics. Other options you could try include a good old probiotics capsules, like Inner Health Plus.
But don’t get complacent because you’re taking a supplement. Review my tips to get better skin in just 28 days (hint: it mostly involves eating great food!). Anything green is great for your skin (like spinach) as it’s packed full of beneficial nutrients like selenium, zinc and vitamin C.
6. Spot Treatment
Not all pimples are created equal and as such, spot treatment really only works on certain pimples. If you’ve got a big blind pimple (resembles a mozzie bite), a spot treatment isn’t likely to help, sorry. But if you’re exhibiting a white head or you’ve just popped one, a spot treatment will help dry it up overnight.
- Hydrogen peroxide (3% only) is really good at pimple clearing. It’s completely safe and natural (it’s basically water with an extra oxygen molecule). Tip: only use at night though as it might make your skin sensitive under sunlight.
- Tea Tree Oil and/or Lavender Oil are both antibacterial and so good at cleaning & drying pimples.
You may have noticed I’ve missed some traditional skin care steps (like moisturise and toners). I definitely think they’re important but I’m not really sold on ‘acne is caused by oil’ approach. For example, a lot of people will recommend a light moisturiser for acne prone skin but this really doesn’t work for people with dry skin or those whose acne is hormonal. It kind of assumes all acne skin is oily, which I know from experience isn’t true. If you’ve got a great moisturiser you love (and doesn’t cause you to break out), keep using it. Same with toners.