Hi Chicsters, in today's post we will be discussing that one habit that keeps you breaking out! I will also be sharing my skincare routine, the products I use, plus tips for keeping acne-prone skin under control! As you can tell my skin is far from perfect I've learned to embrace its quirks while working towards improving the areas of challenge.
Reduce Your Stress
- You might not believe it but stress plays a factor in your breakouts! You must create healthy habits for dealing with it! When you are under stress your body reacts to it and that includes your skin. Finding healthy ways to deal with stress like exercising or meditating even getting the right amount of sleep can do wonders for your skin. Life comes with stress but finding a way to not let it take over your life is paramount. For me praying and listening to worship music or an insightful sermon really helps.
Use Products Daily with Acne-Fighting Properties
- This is key being intentional about the products you use and how you use it will make all the difference. In order to do that you must know your skin! Not sure where to start start with a cleanser that at the minimum has salicylic acid. Include products in your routine with these key ingredients Benzoyl peroxide, Sulfur, and or Retinol; make sure to moisturize because despite popular opinion when your skin is dry it will try and compensate some times that leads to excess production of oils which may clog pores and lead to more breakouts. Speaking of pores don't forget to exfoliate break down the dead skin that can lead to clogged pores with products that contain enzymes, glycolic acid and alpha hydroxy acids.
Also foods with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidant rich foods, foods rich in selenium, foods rich in vitamin C and E help control acne as well!
Let Your Skin Breathe
- It's really important to let your skin "breathe" if you have acne prone skin. Any makeup you put on your skin is getting in your pores. It’s trapping bacteria and sweat which may lead to clogged pores. The process of putting it on and taking it off can lead to skin becoming irritated from over-cleansing, under cleansing, and using products that damage the pH of your skin. Which ultimately contributes to breakouts, so give your skin a break sometimes. It can be difficult if you have scarring to go bare-faced but its worth it in the long run.
Detox Your Skin
- If you have acne-prone skin more than most your pores tend to get clogged easily and or faster which means you must invest in detoxifying your skin. Detoxifying your skin must be included in whatever routine you implement. Face masks are a great way to unclog your pores and to detoxify your skin they also provide your skin with the minerals it loves. If you happen to be an oily girl you can also opt for Kaolin clay based masks that help control oil production as well.
Drink More Water
- Honestly, this last step really could have fit in with detoxifying your skin but it sooo important that I decided to give it its own bullet. There are very few everyday skin concerns that drinking more water dosnt help. Humans are composed of about 60% water and the largest organ in our body is our skin. When our skin is not hydrated its symptoms presents itself differently by the individual. A plethora of skin issues arise, because water is required to move essential nutrients around the body including into skin cells. Water helps to replenishes the skin tissue and increases its elasticity. When skin is dehydrated it can lead to the overproduction of oils which may lead to clogged pores and finally acne.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare C+ Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum // Lancôme énergie de Vie The Illuminating & Anti-Fatigue Cooling Eye Gel // Tula Online Only Illuminating Face Serum // Thayers Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Facial Toner // Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash // Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 // Clinique iD Dramatically Different Base
My Skincare Routine
So I wish I had time for a 20 step skincare routine but I don't. I stick to the bare necessities. I start off with my acne control face wash same one I have been using since my 20's its drug store and it works! I follow up with a toner (if I've worn makeup) I like the feeling of feeling like I've gotten everything off it also helps correct the skins PH balance. Then I typically go in with my serums I have hyperpigmentation so my serums are designed to help with this issue I use this and this. Then I follow up with Moisturizer and or SUNSCREEN a must for everyone no matter how MELANATTED you think you are. I finish off with Eye Cream because its one of the first places that show signs of aging and finally a salve for my Lips I am obsessed with this one 1
If you had to bring three items from your skincare routine on an Island what would they be?
P.s .you can watch my skincare routine in action on IGTV