Do you suffer from stubborn and persistent acne that will not go away despite using expensive topicals and treatments?
Do you die a little inside when someone complains about a tiny pimple on their skin while you suffer from at least 20? (Me so many times).
Do you not want to resort to prescription medication just yet? (Both painful and can be over the top expensive).
You've come to the right place, then!
My acne started 10 years ago and I ended up with a considerable amount of pimples by the age of 15. To make it even worse, I didn't know what I was doing when I popped my pimples and accumulated at least 100 scars all over my body. Around 1 year ago, I made a huge change and decided to take care of my skin, (also the body's largest organ!)
Not only did my face suffer, but my legs, back, arms, chest, and butt did as well, (sorry TMI, but I'm trying to be honest here).
Basically, I was getting acne all over my beside my lower legs.
I only have one picture of me with my acne, for obvious reasons. I was so ashamed and embarrassed by my acne, especially when all of my had the clearest skin. (And I was half Korean, and Korean's have some of the most beautiful skin in the world).
Firstly, let's talk about the basics of acne.
What is acne?
Acne is a skin condition that affects the skin's oil glands. When the hair follicles get clogged with oil and dead skin cells, pimples form.
What I did to get rid of my acne
1. Cut out dairy
Since dairy is known for messing with our body's digestion, it only makes sense that my skin would suffer. When your body can't digest toxins and eliminate it, the skin is the organ that takes the hit first.
If you think you can't give up dairy, opt to only have it on pizza a couple times a month.
You will want to vomit and feel extremely ill after (I would know), so I'm forewarning you. Give it up altogether and opt for dairy-free cheese (Miyoko is amazingly good, but keep in mind, it is just as addictive as regular cheese but doesn't have all the bad stuff dairy has). Oh, and nutritional yeast is beyond amazing, but packed with vitamins and is really good for your body.
Fun Fact: Did you know that dairy is one of the most inflammatory foods out there? This is why doctors recommend patients forgo dairy to reduce their arthritis, joint pain, and osteoporosis. (Did you know the U.S. has one of the highest rates of osteoporosis in the world, despite all the milk we drink?).
2. Cleanser brush
After my skin started clearing up a bit, I decided to start cleaning my skin, and not just with some soap and water. I bought one of the cheapest face brush on Amazon and started scrubbing away my face every night.
One night I was lazy and cleaned my face with my usual routine of soap and water, but a couple hours later decided to do it the real way. A ridiculous amount of dirt and makeup came off, and I made it a goal to clean my face every single night no matter how tired I was.
You can get the brush that I use here. It comes with 3 rotating speeds, a brush for the body, exfoliator, massager, and more.
Tip: Wash your face with the cleanser in the morning, after a workout, and before you go to sleep.
Benefits to cleaning your skin:
- skin will look younger over time
- sleeping with makeup on will deprive it of essential nutrients
- you're prone to larger pores if you forgo washing your face
- prevents excess oil production
- skin repairs itself at night (so makeup and dirt need to be cleaned off)
3. Change Your Pillow Case
Dermatologists recommend changing your pillowcase once a week. If you have oily prone skin, you should be doing it twice a week. Also, consider silk pillowcases since they don't absorb or trap oils like cotton pillowcases do.
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4. Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree is both a fantastic makeup removal and for acne treatment. Once your acne disappears, Tea Tree Oil can also be used for getting rid of the scars that are left behind from acne. Benzoyl Peroxide is a popular ingredient used in most acne products, but there are many negative side effects associated such as dry, red, peeling skin.
The oil is known for reducing inflammation and redness in the skin due to it having strong antibacterial and antifungal compounds.
Tea Tree Oil is also great for many other uses, such as treating cold sores and psoriasis.
For the price at $5.99, this type of treatment can't be beaten.
How to use Tea Tree Oil: If higher than 15% dilute the oil with water. Pour a few drops onto a cotton ball or Q-tip and dab onto a pimple. Leave it on overnight or for a few hours.
5. Use a Toner
Toners help keep pores clear and prevent blackheads from forming. They're also great for preventing minor breakouts from reoccurring, so it's good to use one most of your acne is gone.
I use Thayer's toner, and the 8,000+ Amazon reviews speak for itself.
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6. Stop Touching Your Face
This includes both picking at your pimples and trying to pop them, or simply just resting your hand on your face. There are so much bacteria on your hands that are easily transferred to the face every time you touch it. This eventually creates those pustules (small blister containing pus) all over your face.
If you currently pick at your pimples, do a quick Google search on acne scars and I almost guarantee you'll touch your face a lot less.
If you can't help but squeeze your pimples, I highly recommend using actual extractors instead of your fingers. An entire acne kit is $8 and it'll treat whiteheads, blackheads, and more. Check it out here.
7. Wear breathable workout clothing
Wearing tight and form-fitting clothes might sound like a good idea during a workout, but these types of clothing are the worst if you have issues with acne.
Fabrics like polyester block air flow, which increases the oil production in the glands. Cotton clothing does the exact opposite as they facilitate air flow. Cotton picks up the excess sweat, which is why it's one of the best fabrics to wear when working out.
And in case you don't already, you should definitely shower immediately following your workout.
Sitting in the clothes you worked out in can lead to breakouts all over your body.
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8. Clean your cell phone
You take your cell phone everywhere, set it down on countless counters and tables. Even worse, most of us take our phone to the gym, where bacteria is infecting the entire place. Also, we touch money, door knobs, and plenty of other things that other people touch, and many of those people are putting their hands in places we don't want to know about.
So think about that every time you touch your face.
Clean your phone with iKlear. This spray is specifically made for the phone. Keep in mind that most harsh bacterial washes cannot be used on your phone, so think about that before you put germ-x on your phone.
9. Drink enough water
A steady flow of H20 will assist your skin in fighting breakouts. When your kidneys are overloaded with toxins, your face tends to break out, and a way to eliminate those toxins is by getting enough water every day.
Drinking 6-8 glasses a day is a good amount of water for the average person, but if you do any kind of strenuous exercise, I recommend drinking 2-3 glasses more.
Below, you'll see a photo of me of when my acne started, and I rarely ever drank water. I lived off of extra large 99 cent sodas from the gas station and my face was drenched in oil and my back acne was insane. I'm wearing loads of makeup in this photo (can't you tell? LOL), to cover up all of my pimples and acne scars.
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What you should NOT do:
- Don't put toothpaste on your skin
- Don't overeat greasy foods
- Overuse face cleaning products
- Don't overuse exfoliating scrubs
- Hard scrubbing of the skin
And as always, if you're a woman, there are some things we simply can't avoid during a certain time of the month. I'm still working on my acne scars, but I rarely ever get pimples, and my face used to be full of them. Below is a photo me and my skin that I'm now proud of!
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What have you done to get rid of your acne?
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