I have been busy for a while, so I haven't got a chance to blog, but I just want to update you with the progress of my acne. I am glad to say that I am clear from acne It has been 6 years, and I'm now 17, it has taken a long time, though trial and error. The main reason, I think that had helped me clear my acne is not stressing, and to control your emotions. I know it's hard to do, but I promise that once you stop fussing with your skin, stop worrying about what people would think of you, you'll notice improvement. Try deep breathing every time a situation is hard, it works for me every time, it helps keep me calm. Also, yoga and meditation to help clear your mind. I don't do yoga or meditation every single day, may be once a week (I'm very lazy). I still get the occasional spot on my chin due to hormonal issues during the time of the month. But, hey it's not big deal.
For my skin routine, I'm very low maintenance. At night time I use a gentle exfoliating scrub. The brand I use is the Superdrug Vitamin E Face scrub. I swear by this stuff, I love it so much!! Used it for 4 months already and it's still gives amazing result every time. Before this I used Clean and Clear cream wash and as soon as I switched, I have noticed superb improvements in my complexion. I believe this stuff is a life saver. I was reluctant to try it first as it doesn't say it helps with spots/acne, but it's made up of oats so I had to buy it (obsession with oats) and viola, its amazing!! The vitamin e also helps with acne scarring!! If you don't live in the UK or can't get access to this stuff, just use a hand full of raw oats and soak it with a bit of warm water and massage it on your face, it works just as well, you can leave it on for an extra 5-10 minutes as a mask =)
After exfoliating, I'll use my apple cider vinegar toner, I posted about this and how I love it. It helps with scarring and oil control, etc.
Then I use a skin oil. I know what you're thinking... OIL?! wouldn't that just make you acne worst? No, it is actually much more better than your normal moisturiser!! It has healing effects and cares for dry skin, which I have along my jawline. Don't worry if you don't have dry skin, oil + oil is good too =) The skin oil I use is the Superdrug Vitamin E Skin Oil. I really love this, the first time I used this I was scared that it will break me out, but I challenged myself to use it as my skin was really dry at that time. So, I put some on my fingers and apply it on my face in circular movements, and it's amazing!! You know those tiny oil balls in your skin, especially under your eyes and forehead? I had a lot of those and omg, just from the first use all those tiny disguising oil balls was on my fingers!! Not even my exfoliating scrub can get rid of it and this oil did!! I love this stuff!! It's vitamin e, so it help get rid of acne scarring.
Once or twice a week, I'll do a mask. Usually a mud mask to draw out any imperfection and soak up oil or a turmeric mask (I mix turmeric power with aloe vera gel and apply on my face, it does stain, so I suggest using this only at night and in the morning, wash the remains off with your normal cleaner.)
In the morning, I don't wash my face with anything but warm water. Washing you face too much will strip its natural oil, so it wouldn't be able to heal itself. After I dry it with tissue (it's more hygienic than a towel!) I apply my aloe vera gel, and if I have a pimple, I'll use the Manuka Doctor Blemish Cream UMF 18+. I heard a lot of good stuff about Manuka honey and it's true =)
As for my diet, hmmm, I try not to eat too much sugar and fried stuff, that's about it.
I also take vitamins; 45mg of zinc, a good multivitamins supplement, 25mg vitamin D, vitamin A, fish oil and turmeric capsule. I know this sounds like a lot, but I find that with all these supplement together, it has definitely improved acne.
I follow Tracy McCullough's blog called The Love Vitamin. She has helped me on my journey of clear skin =) You should check it out, I know it will help you on your way too =)
I'm not advertising, everything that I have written here is from my own experiences. I have not been paid to review the products I have mentioned above.
My acne has improved a lot, but yesterday 2 giant zit came up on my chin, its a pustule and a cyst. They are both very very painful and I'm sure it will leave a huge spot mark. I think it's hormonal acne... But the rest of my face it clear, its just these two painful zits. =( Hopefully it will go soon.
My regimen for those who are interested.
AM: wash face with Clean&Clear deep action cream wash
Use my own made apple cider toner then I use my Asda oil control dual action moisturiser. I really love this stuff. i think its only available in the UK =(
If I have a spot I'll put some BP on it I use Duac once daily gel.
PM: Wash face with Neutrogena visibly clear gentle exfoliating wash
then I apply my Neutrogena visibly clear oil-free moisturiser.
If I have spots, I'll use my Retin-A
If I have a spot, throughout the day I will apply tea tree oil. Great to dry out the spot!
Exfoliate once or twice a week with a soft brush
Use a home-made face mask once or twice a week. My favorite is oat-meal and honey.
I eat anything, but fast food once a week. I take omega 3 capsules and 30mg of zinc daily.
I drink a cup of green tea everyday, I also drink lemon water added honey. And lots of water daily.
I try to eat my 5 a day.
I go running 4 times a week. I try and get some sun light everyday.
This is just what I do for my acne.
Good luck =)
I haven't had a break-out for a month now. I don't know if this means my acne is clearing up or what. I am so happy that i wake up and not find a new zit on my face =) Its feels weird, but good! However, I did have a big cystic spot on my chin, but i put some BP on it and it went by the end of the day!! A miracle?? Looking at my face now, I'll say that I'm 99% cleared!! I haven't got any active spots, but i have got lots of marks left by previous spots. I got it especially on my chin, and cheeks, hopefully they will fade soon...
I think my diet, 8 hours sleep, not stressing, keeping my hair off my face, not wearing any make-up, taking zinc and omega 3 supplements, not touching my face, drinking lots of water and green tea, doing lots of research on acne. These have all helped clear my acne... I think. Its different for everyone, and I turn 17 next month, so maybe it time my acne stopped?
So, I haven't been wearing make-up for the past week and I notice the difference in my skin. It looks really fresh and clean, if you know what I mean. It take a few minutes to get ready in the mornings now. I just put moisturizer on and I'm ready. I try to only wear make-up on special occasions, or not wear anything at all, it depends on how red my face is. If i do wear make-up it would be a minimal amount and it would be powder foundation or mineral foundation.
Not wearing make-up allows your skin to breathe, allows it to heal itself. So to the boys and girls that covers themselves in make-up day after day, you're actually making your acne worst. Don't worry what other people thinks about you, it will heal, mine did. I know its just a week without make-up, but I'm determined to keep it like this.
Your natural beauty is best.
I have noticed that every time I use make-up, I breakout in spots. So, I am trying to not wear any make-up at all to see if there is any improvements. Since there is no school, I am going to try it out.
I will update in a week.
It has been a month since I last posted a blog. Sorry, I have been busy with exams, but now I'm free for 2 months. During the last month I've had really bad breakout, because of the stress I was in. Now that my exams are finished my skin is clearing up again.
However, I get those red spot marks left behind by the spots. Which is just as bad as having spots itself
My dry skin has finally cleared up!! Thanks to my organic Aloe Vera gel. I also notice it is less greasy and oily. But throughout the day when it gets oily, I would wipe my face with a wet facial wipe. Preferably 'Simple' wipes. This is because its suitable for sensitive skin, fragrance free, it refresh and tones the skin. Then I use the 'Simple' Kind to Skin replenishing rich moisturiser. It works great.
It has been 4 day since I used aloe vera gel as a moisturiser, and my dry skin has improved a lot. I want to continue using it to see if it can clear my spots as well. If you have dry, irritated skin, aloe vera is a great product to heal it. I have also started to use retin-A again and its still drying but, I will grin and bear it.
I make my own toner. It is made from apple cider vinegar, green tea and lemon juice. These ingredience helps to reduce spot marks, reduce pore size and reduce oil. I use this toner every night, as I find it too drying if I use it in the morning as well. After it had dried, I put on retin-A.
I make 2 weeks worth and keep it in a jar and put it in the fridge. Therefore when you apply it on your face, its cold and it feels really nice =)
However, I have not used this toner for 1 week, because my skin at the moment is really dried. So today I went out and brought a bottle of organic aloe vera gel (natural). It promise to be soothing, moisturising and restoring. It is in gel form so it wouldn't break me out. I also brought a Facial Massager from The Body Shop, this boosts radiance, helps skin absorb moisturiser. And a Facial Brush, to scrub the dry skin off. Hopefully by using these three things my dry skin would improve.
I think my dried skin is cause by abusing my face with products. Since I have combination skin. My jaw line and cheeks are the driest part. This causes my skin to break out in the dry areas. so oily skin isn't that bad after all. I've also stopped using the retin-A, because it's making my skin horrible. I will continue using it when I start using the apple cider vinegar toner again.
I will continue using the apple cider vinegar when my dried skin has gone, because it seriously lighten my spot marks and reduced grease. My complexion is better after using the apple cider vinegar toner. My sister uses it as well and it works great even though she doesn't have acne.
Search for the apple cider vinegar on the internet, there's a range you can make at home.
I found this website the other day and I found it pretty helpful. Its called Face Mapping and is helps find the underlying causes for your spots.. . How amazing it that? Hopefully by making these changes my ance will improve.
Here, check it out: (http://www.skinacea.com/acne/acne-face-map.html)
Good Luck ^.^
I had a HUGE cup of coffee last week, and my mum warned me that I will pop up in spots. Of course being a teenager I didn't listen to her. So, today when I woke up I found 4 new tiny cycts around my mouth area and a huge one above my lips =,( it is painful to talk and smile.
I did some research on caffeine and found it is bad to dink coffee/coke if you suffer for acne.
The moral of this story is stay away from caffeine, it is easy for me to say because I don't depend on caffeine to make it through the day, but for those of you who do, swap your daily caffeine intake with green tea or jasime tea. They are a better alternative to coffee. You will notice a difference to your skin in a matter of days.
Now I have to deal with these painful spots...
This is my first post!! I want to help people like myself who suffer from acne =) I started having acne at the age of 11 and I'm 16 now.. still haven't been cured. I am a girl that suffers from moderate acne.
I have tried everything, except for accutane.. I don't want to put myself through 6 months of pain, of blood testing, of side effects, etc, etc. The list goes on! I went doctors and she prescribed antibiotics and retin-A. I completed the 3 month course of antibiotics and my skin cleared, but I started breaking out again... but I'm still currently using retin-A every night. I brought masses and masses of tropical treatment but they all failed to work =(
I'm a shy kid and having acne drags my confident down. I understand the pain acne sufferers feels. Especially if you're in your teens- the most social-able time of your life. I cannot see myself going out and partying, because of my face. Seeing girls with perfect skin makes me sad that, that isn't me. Not having the courage to look people in the eyes because of my face. Wearing lots of make-up to cover up. Refusing to go out, even if its just to the corner shop. Crying and getting frustrated.
I want to take the natural approach to treating my acne and I'm going to take you guys with me ^^ I'm will blog about my experience and let you know the results.