My skin has never been horrible but it has never been completely clear, either. In high school I felt like I always had clogged pores around my hairline from sweating (#sports), and I suffered from hormonal acne as I continued to get older, despite trying different medications and birth control throughout college and afterwards. After YEARS I can finally say I’ve been acne free for a year now! It may sound silly or very self-centered, but I’m sure anyone else who has had acne has felt as self-conscious as I have felt in the past. Even if you don’t have a zit in that very moment, the scarring can be enough to make you feel self-conscious. It took a while to get acne free, but here’s how I did it:
- I ate a clean diet. I’m not talking about “don’t eat potato chips because the grease will make you break out” – I’m talking about a whole foods diet, eating high quality proteins, fats, and carbs with each meal. This is key to hormonal balance.
- I stopped using all facial products. I stopped using the retin-a cream my facialist had given me, stopped using harsh face washes, stopped using toner pads, stopped everything. I went back to basics to let my skin heal and do its thang. I only used Beauty Counter’s charcoal face soap and then hydrated using their balancing face oil. That’s it!
- I stopped wearing makeup. Okay, this one might be hard to swallow…but I stopped wearing makeup on a daily basis. I didn’t wear makeup (except mascara) to work for about a year – and you know what?! I really don’t think anyone noticed! I don’t know what that says about my makeup skills, but…whatever. This made a big difference when I did have breakouts – I wasn’t covering them with makeup – and I think it helped them clear up faster.
- I exfoliated on a regular basis. I made sure to exfoliate using my Clarisonic brush every few days, at most 3x per week. Exfoliating too much can dry out your skin, so I wanted to be careful of that, especially because I have dry skin to begin with. I found that every other day to every 3 days was the best for me.
- I got monthly facials. This was a bit on the pricey side but totally worth it. My skin tone really improved by getting regular hydrofacials from the Medispa in Pewaukee. Rita is my gurl! The facials helped with exfoliation and cell turnover and the face masks she used helped with hydration and skin tone. (Psst…take a look at the giveaway!)
- I got pregnant! I don’t suggest this as a method to cure your acne alone 😉 This one might not work for everyone, but it sure did seem to work for me! Any lingering hormonal acne I had went away when I got pregnant, and my skin is still totally clear after having Max (while breastfeeding). I really hope it stays that way! I guess if it comes back when I stop nursing and my hormones change then at least I know it will improve again when I get pregnant!
As a little show of appreciation, I want to give away a few of my favorite products! I used the Revision Skincare Black Mask and Finishing Touch as a part of my monthly facials to improve my skin, so I’m giving away one of each to my readers! Enter the giveaway using the form below.
Black Mask – purifying facial treatment for a smooth, polished complexion.
Finishing Touch – microdermabrasion scrub for polished skin.