I was one of those teenagers with perfect, porcelain like skin.
And then I turned 20 and bam! Acne galore. Pimples started sporting up everywhere, mainly around my chin, nose and cheeks. I tried literally hundreds of products and even went on the Pill. While this helped for awhile, I wanted long term results.
Instead of turning to acne medication, I tried to figure out what was causing my acne, especially during the severe flare ups.
Today I’ll be sharing ways in which I cleared my acne without the use of acne medication. Please note this is what personally worked for me so it may not work for you.
So let’s get to how I cleared my acne!
Acne is a serious condition that can impact heavily on self-esteem and confidence. While most people experience it during their teen years, it is also affecting adults well into their 30s and 40s.
So what causes acne? A range of factors. Lifestyle, stress (a huge factor), eating habits and hormonal imbalances. It can also indicate serious problems such as endometriosis.
I’m ashamed to say that I lived with it for close to ten years. Each time my acne would clear up, the horrible cycle would start all over again. I tried countless treatments, homemade remedies and even went on the Pill. While these did help, I was curious to know why I was breaking out so much.
The first step I took was to evaluate my diet.
I noticed that when I consumed large portions of dairy and alcohol, my acne would flare up almost straight away.
Dairy became the first thing I cut way back on, and I noticed an immediate difference. I also switched over to almond milk which made a massive difference.
I reduced my alcohol intake.
Drinking sugary cocktails and white wine would cause breakouts, especially around my chin. Once I cut back on alcohol, I started to see a gradual improvement in my skin.
Another step I took was sticking to a regular skincare routine.
I avoided any products that promised to eliminate acne overnight as these almost never work. While it can take awhile to see a difference, I promise sticking to a routine will help so much down the track. Just stick to it and be consistent. I mostly use organic skincare products and I believe this helps in maintaining my skin and keeping it clear.
Lastly, minimise stress where possible.
Stress was another huge trigger for my acne. Once I removed myself from toxic environments and people, I noticed a big difference.
It’s important to remember that you will not see results overnight!
There is no magical cure for acne and unless you decide on medication, it is a long and bumpy (geddit?) road to clear skin. This was the biggest mistake I was making for all those years. I was expecting overnight results and when I didn’t see any I gave up right away.
I believe all of these factors contributed to the gradual improvement to my skin.
Maintaining acne prone skin is hard. You are constantly worrying about potential flare ups and whether a certain meal or new skincare product is going to trigger it.
It is a complete lifestyle change; I know it was for me! Cutting out some of my favourite foods was hard but you know what? It’s a small sacrifice to pay for clear, blemish free skin.
So my advice for anyone suffering with acne and constant breakouts is to check your diet, check your lifestyle and keep a dairy of when it flares up. Soon you will start to see the triggers and what to avoid.
On my recent trip to Byron Bay I went makeup free most days and felt so confident!
I’d love to know if there are any former acne sufferers out there and how you’ve managed to clear your skin.