Most people go through bad skin days, and I’m definitely not an exception. I’ve always struggled with acne here and there, but there was a period of time when my skin was so bad that I literally wanted to cry every time I looked in the mirror. I knew I couldn’t continue living that way, so I decided to make my skin health a priority. I made several lifestyle changes that I think truly transformed my skin!
- DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE LET ANYTHING TOUCH YOUR FACE!! Not your hands, not your hair, not your pillowcase. Literally nothing. The only time your face should be touched is during your skincare or makeup routine, but only with CLEAN hands/tools. Acne occurs when your hair follicles are clogged with dead skin cells and oil. You don’t want to add more oil/bacteria to your face so avoid touching it at all cost. I trained myself to sleep on my back but if you’re not able to you can also change out your pillowcase regularly (every couple days). I also have a dedicated face towel for drying my face.
- Drink water!!!! Try to drink at least half your weight in ounces of water a day. If you weigh 100 lbs, aim for 50 oz. Water will help keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
- Sleep!!!! Most people need 7-9 hours of sleep a night. If you don’t sleep enough, your tired af body can release stress hormones that can cause or exacerbate acne. I sleep at least 7 hours every night without fail and it’s been great for my skin and my overall health.
- Wash your face with a gentle cleanser morning and night. And when I say wash your face, I don’t mean rubbing some cleanser on your face for 5 seconds and calling it a day. Instead, try to methodically cleanse all areas of your face for a total of 30 seconds to 1 minute. You definitely want to remove all the dirt and oil from your face that you accumulate throughout the day and as you sleep. I highly recommend the Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash as a great gentle cleanser from the drugstore.
- Moisturize after cleansing! If you’re having issues with acne, you probably have issues with being oily and therefore may not want to add more onto your face. HOWEVER, moisturizing is exactly what you need to do! Your face produces excess oils when your skin is dry which then exacerbates acne. Moisturizing your skin will provide that hydration it needs to prevent those pesky oils. I would recommend the Simple Facial Moisturizer as a great gentle moisturizer from the drugstore. (If you didn’t pick up on this.. I love Simple skincare!)
- Remove any trace of makeup before you sleep. I used to be guilty of sleeping with makeup on and that is SO BAD for you. Your skin needs to breathe and it can’t do that when makeup is clogging your pores. Not only can this cause or worsen acne, it can result in developing wrinkles at a younger age. My #1 recommendation for makeup removers is the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, my review linked here.
- Adhere to a daily skincare regimen that works for your skin. This is probably easier said than done and takes awhile to figure out, but it’s worth your while if you find the patience to do so. My skincare routine consists of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing my face in the morning. At night, I use a make up remover, cleanser, toner, serum, and moisturizer. For any pimpley problems, I use a spot treatment over night. I also use a mask 1-2x a week and micellar water as needed. (I’ll probably do a detailed skincare routine post in the future!)
- Eat cleaner. What you put into your body is going to be reflected by your appearance. If you eat oily, fried food all the time, your skin probably won’t look that great. I’m not saying you can’t eat these things (because if you know me you know I LOVE fries), just do it in moderation.
- Exercise reduces stress which in turn can reduce acne. Plus it’s good for you. Make sure to wash your face or blot it with a makeup wipe though since sweat can aggravate acne.
- Reduce the stress in your life. It could always be worse, so take a breath and try to relax. Maybe try yoga or meditation to help you out with that! The Yoga with Adriene and Alo Yoga YouTube channels have a lot of great videos that you can flow to at home.
The following 3 pictures were taken Fall 2012 when I didn’t take skincare seriously and my acne was the worst it had ever been. They’re pretty awful, I know, so don’t laugh!!!! (And yeah, I’m fully aware of my HORRIBLE makeup in the first photo.)
The following 3 unedited/unfiltered pictures were taken recently on my iPhone, fresh faced without makeup. My skin has really come a long way since 5 years ago. Obviously I still get blemishes and my skin is far from perfect but it’s much better these days. I really ascribe it to all the lifestyle changes I made to take better care of myself and my skin!
I realize that everybody’s skin is different and that the same things that work for me might not work for someone else but I hope this helps someone in their skincare journey!!!!!